Celebrating the life of Tanya Prochazka

Extraordinary cellist. Maestro. Mentor. Colleague. Friend.

05 October 2015

The Department of Music celebrates the life of Professor Tanya Prochazka (1952-2015), a dedicated faculty member and consummate musician. In her honour, a concert will be held this Saturday, October 10th @ 7:00PM at Convocation Hall.

Admission is free and voluntary donations to the Alberta Cancer Foundation will be accepted at the door.

In Memory Of Tanya Prochazka - Concert Program

  1. Edward Elgar, Nimrod (Enigma Variations): arrangement for 8 cellos, conductor Peća Dundjerski
  2. Antonin Dvorak, Dumky Trio, 1st and 2nd movements: Elizabeth Wallfisch, violin, Raphael Wallfisch, cello, Stephane Lemelin, piano
  3. Ernest Bloch, Jewish Song (From Jewish Life): Raphael Wallfisch, cello, Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, piano
  4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Triple Concerto, Largo: video of Tanya and Elizabeth Wallfisch at the Royal Academy of Music, London, 2005
  5. David Popper, Hungarian Rhapsody: Caroline Stinson, cello, with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peća Dundjerski


  1. Johannes Brahms, Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2: Milton Schlosser, piano
  2. Robert Schumann, Five Pieces in Folk Style (First Two Pieces): Dongkyun An, cello, Magda Adamek, piano
  3. Franz Schubert String Quintet in C, Adagio: Guillaume Tardif, Sue Jane Bryant, Charles Pilon, Rosanne Hunt, and Amy Nicholson
  4. Theodore Dubois, Andante Religioso from Pieces Religieuses: Sara Wollan, cello, Janet Scott Hoyt, piano
  5. Thomas Lamb, Bohemia ragtime quartet for 8 cellos
  6. Mariano Mores, Cafetin de Buenos Aires, Tango for 8 cellos

About Tanya Prochazka: Extraordinary cellist. Maestro. Mentor. Colleague. Friend.

Born in Australia, Tanya won the Australian Broadcasting Commission's National Concerto Competition, allowing her to study with André Navarra at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She then went on to study with Janos Starker at Indiana University. Following an extremely active performance career in Europe, North America and Australia, Tanya settled in Edmonton in 1986.

The University of Alberta's Department of Music welcomed her in 1987 as a visiting artist and cello instructor. She was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 1998, teaching cello, chamber music, and directing the Academy Strings and University Symphony Orchestra. During her tenure, she contributed generously to the musical community through countless performances and recordings. Tanya became Professor in 2005, and Emerita in 2010; she then continued an active profile in music with colleagues in Edmonton and abroad.

Tanya's passion, warmth and sense of adventure in discovery inspired her audiences, students, colleagues, and friends. She will be warmly remembered by our students, staff and music faculty at the University of Alberta, and all who were touched by her beautiful spirit.


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