In late February/early March I traveled to Pittsburgh to take some promotional portraits of a number of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and conductors. I worked for the PSO in the Education and Community Engagement Department for several years a while back, so this was a bit of a homecoming for me. Reuniting with some old friends, making some new ones and making some portraits – it was a wonderful trip. I’ll share some of those portraits here on the blog.
Today is Tatjana Mead Chamis, the Associate Principal Violist for the Pittsburgh Symphony. Tatjana is one of the most graceful, generous musicians that you will meet. She joined the PSO at the age of 22 and has established a glowing reputation as a performer in both orchestral and chamber music. She is an astonishing musician with a beautiful sensibility to her playing. In addition, though, she is passionately committed to children, education and the community.
When I worked at the PSO I was responsible for taking musicians into area schools and communities for concerts and educational programs. I worked with many musicians during my tenure and Tatjana consistently comes to mind as one of the musicians who was always going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that children and adults throughout the region had access to the orchestra and to music education. It was such a pleasure to see and work with her again!