With a deep interest in western and eastern classical music as well as wind instruments, Tamar Eskenian has built up a formidable repertoire ranging from early baroque pieces to contemporary compositions for modern and baroque (traverso) flutes. Tamar Eskenian also plays old Armenian folkloric and liturgical music on the shvi, a traditional Armenian woodwind instrument. she studied the modern flute at the Academy of Music “Hochschule fur Musik der Stadt Basel” in Basel under the guidance of Professor Kiyoshi Kasai and at the renowned Salzburg’s University Mozarteum under the guidance of Professor Irena Grafenauer. Moreover, Tamar Eskenian has specialized in historically informed performance on the traverso at Basel’s renowned University of Early Music “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis “under the direction of professor Marc Hantaï.
Tamar Eskenian has won numerous music competitions such as the “2nd Berliner International music competition 2018 ”Barenboim-Said Scholarship Prize; the Trinationaler Jugendwettbewerb der Edition Kossack (the Edition Kossack Trinational Youth Competition); and the Kiefer-Hablitzel Prize in collaboration with the Schweizer Tonkunstlerverein (Swiss Musicians’ Association). Eskenian was also a finalist in the Swiss National Musical Performance Competition in Riddes.
Master classes have brought her into contact with renowned musicians such as James Galway, Aurel Nicolet, Emmanuel Pahud, Walter Auer, TAMAR ESKENIAN Flute, Traversflute and Shvi Felix Renggli, Wissam Boustany, Vicens Prats Paris, Mathieu Dufour, Barthold Kuijken, and Karl Kaiser.
Since the year 2003, world-famous conductor Daniel Barenboim has invited Tamar Eskenian to perform in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra numerous times. Performances with the orchestra have taken her on concert tours to Europe’s greatest concert halls – including London’s Royal Albert Hall, Seville’s Teatro de la Maestranza, Paris’ Salle Pleyel, and the Berlin State Opera - as well as to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and other prestigious venues in Brasil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, China, Korea, etc. playing together with the musicians of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayrische Rundfunk Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestera and the Staatskapelle Berlin.
As a young soloist and chamber musician, Tamar Eskenian has already had her Debut in the year 2017 at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York, and has already performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, at the La Folia Festival of Early Music in Switzerland, at the Lucern Festival in Lucern at the BBC Proms London and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Tamar Eskenian has performed with the Pan Armenian and Armenian Phiharmonic orchestra at the State Opera of Armenia in yerevan with the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra (SJSO), the Chamber Academy Basel, the Argovia Philharmonic, Capriccio Barockorchestra Basel, Itempi Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonieorchester Regio Basiliensis. ￼ Moreover, Tamar Eskenian has played with the project orchestra organized by the Salzburg Bach Society under the direction of Reinhard Goebel, with the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Orchestra under the direction of Sigiswald Kuijken, with the Academy of Ancient Music in Bruneck under the direction of Alfredo Bernardini, and with the Armenian World Orchestra at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet under the direction of the renowned conductor Alain Altinoglu.
Eskenian performs regularly with the Ensemble Eskeniangeli Armenian and Barock repertoire on tour, and also with the Project "Ruf Des Windes" she plays experimental modern compositions. Several composers have written music for Tamar Eskenian which She performs regularly. Motivated by her strong attachment to her Armenian roots, Tamar Eskenian has also devoted herself to playing Armenian traditional music on the shvi, engaging herself with its long history and tradition, which spans several millennia