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Tonya Lemoh

MMus, GradDip(Piano), Artist Dip, BMus

Examiner Number: 1240

Concert pianist Tonya Lemoh performs internationally, and is known for her focus on unusual and exotic repertoire, as well as the great works of the Romantic period.

She holds an Artist Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark, as well as a Master of Music degree from Cincinnati Conservatory, USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from Sydney Conservatorium.  She is currently undertaking PhD studies at the University of Newcastle.

Tonya held the position of lecturer in piano on the music faculty of Copenhagen University, Denmark, where she taught from 2003 to 2014. Previous positions include staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory, USA and graduate assistant accompanist at Cincinnati Conservatory, USA. She also taught piano majors and piano as second instrument at the Danish Conservatorium Preparatory High School for a period of three years.

She has given master classes at conservatorium and university level, and adjudicated at the Steinway Piano Competition, Denmark. She has also been examiner for the European Piano Teachers’ Association examinations held in Copenhagen.

Tonya made her name on the international scene with her ground- breaking recording for Chandos label of solo piano works by the late Romantic composer Joseph Marx, and was noted as “a significant new keyboard talent” (All Music Guide). The disc was CD of the week on ABC radio after its release, and Chandos CD of the Month. Her concert appearances and recordings have consistently garnered critical acclaim from audiences and music reviewers alike. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Denmark and Bulgaria, and performed in recitals as chamber musician and soloist in music festivals and concert halls in Scandinavia, Germany, England, Finland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Syria, Australia, and the USA. A keen interpreter of new music, she has played in many international new music festivals.

She has won many international prizes, scholarships, and awards, including first prize in Helsingor International Piano Competition and the Royal Academy of Aarhus Concerto Competition.  In the International Grieg Piano Competition she was awarded a Diplom d’Honneur and a special mention for her outstanding interpretation of Liszt.

In 2011, Tonya won Denmark’s most prestigious national award, the Danish Radio Prize for best solo recording of the year, and the disc was listed in the country’s leading newspaper as one of the top twenty international releases.

Tonya has performed and recorded for ABC radio, Danish national radio and Danish television. Her most recent solo recording, Harmonies du Soir, was named CD of the month by musicweb-international, and received five stars in Fine Music Magazine.

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