Despite her young age, Tuğçe Tari-Roth (TOO-tchay TAH-ree Roat) already has had a successful performing and teaching career for nearly two decades. Her highly imaginative performing style translates to the stage as distinctly charismatic, vibrant and passionate while her frankness and sincerity creates a deep connection with the audience.
Fazil Say, a world-renowned pianist and composer, after having listened to one of Mrs. Tari-Roth’s performances, stated: “I've been impressed with the facilities her talent has provided her, with her dedication, love and aesthetics to her art, her charismatic and beautiful personality”. Boris Slutsky, former Piano Department Chair, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, described the components of her playing as thoughtful and musical with a wide range of color. In addition, he observed her distinct personality and that she is a passionate performer who communicates her message with conviction and ease.
Mrs. Tari-Roth has performed in Europe and in the USA in solo and chamber music concerts. Her performances included a solo recital at the 26th Istanbul Music Festival, several command performances at the request of the Turkish Ambassador and his distinguished guests in Washington D.C., a command performance for the Royal Navy and the US Navy at the request of the Queen of England, and an improvisational performance at the Bimhuis Concert Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Her live performances and interviews were broadcast multiple times in Cologne, Germany, and on Turkish National Television (TRT). She was featured in Turkish National newsletters and magazines such as Cumhuriyet, Milliyet, Şalom and Adalar. In her review, Evin Ilyasoglu (Cumhuriyet – National Turkish Newsletter), praised Mrs. Tari-Roth’s vibrant sonority and her rich power of imagination.
Mrs. Tari-Roth participated in numerous international music festivals, winning several awards including the 1st prize in the 26th Istanbul Music Festival Competition. She also won a scholarship as well as grants from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
Mrs. Tari-Roth’s community services included fund-raising concerts for the Istanbul Princess Islands Government (raising $15,000) and the Steinway Society (raising $1,500). She also served as a board member at the Steinway Society which provides financial assistance for young artists.
Mrs. Tari-Roth played as an actress and composed the music for the short movie “Thundersword”. Her acting role in the 48-hour movie production was “Princess Isabella”. As a composer, she created and recorded the music using acoustic and electronic sources. The movie premiered in the Florida Theater to a full house seating.
Besides her versatile performing career, Mrs. Tari-Roth is a dedicated piano teacher who is in high demand. When she was just 14 years old, she built her first private teaching studio. At the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University she was assigned to teach undergraduates a multitude of subjects. Throughout her teaching career, her students have been invited to play at music festivals and have been accepted at schools such as Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and LaVilla School of the Arts and at universities such as Yale, Wesleyan, Auburn and Florida State University (FSU). Her students have been scholarship recipients and winners of competitions such as Greater Jax, FSU summer music camp, Steinway Society Scholarship.
Dr. Carol Prochazka (Co-Chair Piano Department, Chair of Theory Department, Co-Director of Arts for Talented Youth program, Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University), after watching Mrs. Tari-Roth teaching several times, described her as consistently excellent with an incredibly dynamic, energetic, and creative teaching style. Dr. Gerson Yessin (Founding Music Chair and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of North Florida), after witnessing her in class, pointed to her devotion, patience and her imaginative solutions to problems.
In 2013, Mrs. Tari-Roth started to explore visual arts as a creative outlet. She had her first exhibition combined with a solo concert in 2014. Her works are in USA, Germany, Scandinavia and Turkey. Her style mirrors the structure and movement of musical form. She paints up to ten layers on the canvas and makes the artwork three dimensional with elements such as coffee, sodium bicarbonate and leather.
Mrs. Tari-Roth, who was born in Istanbul, Turkey, started her musical journey shortly after her 5th birthday when she took the entrance exam for the Istanbul University State Conservatory. She was one of only 20 accepted students from among more than 600 applicants. She was the only applicant to get a perfect score on the exam without prior private instructions. At the age of 6, she was performing publicly.
After completing her Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Prof. Tuvana Alton from the Istanbul University State Conservatory in less than two years, Mrs. Tari-Roth moved to the USA. She attended the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned her Master of Music degree in piano performance under Boris Slutsky. She pursued her post-graduate performance studies with Huseyin Sermet in Paris, France, at the École Normale de Musique (National School of Music). In addition, she took part in master classes conducted by more than 20 of the world's foremost pianists, including Leon Fleisher, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Vladimir Feltsman, and Alexander Korsantia.
Currently, Mrs. Tari-Roth is expanding her creativity in online platforms. She lives in Germany with her husband and daughter. Besides spending time with her family, she enjoys reading and practicing yoga as a way of life.
Mrs. Tari-Roth is fluent in Turkish, English, French, and has upper intermediate fluency in German.