Professor of cello, chamber music, conductor of the Academy Strings and University Symphony Orchestras and Head of the String Department at the University of Alberta, Canada, cellist Tanya Prochazka (nee Hunt) is a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, freelance player and teacher.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Ms Prochazka began her cello studies with Marianne Maxwell and Henri Touzeau, both eminent Australian cello teachers. She pursued her studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Andre Navarra and in Bloomington, Indiana with Janos Starker. Her early professional activities took her to Vienna, Austria. From Vienna, as cellist with Ensemble I, she performed throughout Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Subsequently, as a resident of London, England, she performed throughout Britain as soloist and chamber musician and regularly for the BBC in recitals and chamber music concerts.
Ms Prochazka gathered a number of prizes at prestigious competitions: Australian Broadcasting Commission Concerto Competition, Cassado Competition in Florence, Italy, International Tribune in Czechoslovakia, semi-finalist at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Suggia Prize in London.