About Bryan Tari
Bryan Andrew Tari was born in 1965 in Hollywood, California. Being of Hungarian ancestry, Bryan was raised in a very European way, exposed to many kinds of music in his life. The young Tari began piano lessons at the age of eight and won numerous competitions and awards in his teen-age years. Immediately after High School in 1984, Bryan was selected to be one of the 84 pianists to perform Rhapsody in Blue at the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles.
Also in 1984, Mr. Tari received a music scholarship to study piano performance at Cal State University, Northridge. Jakob Gimpel, a world renowned concert pianist who was a close friend and colleague of Artur Rubinstein, was a professor Emeritus at CSU Northridge at that time. Maestro Gimpel accepted Bryan Tari to be one of his six pupils and thus began the real training period in Bryan’s musical education. Mr. Gimpel’s teaching lineage goes directly back to Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven. Upon graduating from CSU Northridge with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Bryan gave a highly successful Senior Recital reaching a Concert Level status.
After college, Bryan took an interest in Opera and studied opera piano with Lawrence Wong, Warren Jones and Opera conducting with the world renowned conductor Henry Holt who started the Los Angeles Opera. The combination of studying traditional classical piano, the discipline of opera along with conducting was the right mixture for Mr. Tari to refine his artistry and ponder new ideas about playing the piano. In the Hollywood arena, Bryan Tari was selected to music direct, compose and arrange for a multimedia production called Nine Worlds narrated and hosted by Patrick Stewart from the Star Trek Next Generation series. This soundtrack performance of The Planets, a famous symphonic work composed by Gustav Holst in 1917 was signed to BiB Records and Nine Worlds is owned and distributed by Mattel Interactive.
In 2000, Mr. Tari began performing world class concerts to sold out audiences in major settings such as the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and in front of major celebrities. Bryan specializes in the Romantic Period, particularly in Chopin and Liszt and is an expert in all genres of music from Baroque to Contemporary. Bryan likes to amuse himself by playing a bit jazz, gospel and jamming with other blues players. Since 2007, Bryan has been residing in Santa Barbara and performs and records in local venues and performs and lectures throughout America. In 2011, Mr. Tari had a live concert recorded and broadcast on 93.7 KDB Classical Radio in Santa Barbara and has produced 15 shows for Community TV in Santa Barbara. In 2012 Bryan began composing original Old Spanish Fiesta Themed Music in celebration of the annual Fiesta celebration started in the 1920s in Santa Barbara, California. Bryan Tari currently composes, performs and records through Santa Barbara Music Events, Inc. which he founded in 2010.