Organist Irmtraud Tarr was born in Germany. She has been called "an unusually high-spirited performer" (Berliner Morgenpost). As a concert organist who appears regularly in all the media, her preference is for rarities off the beaten track. She has made many recordings, mostly on historical organs.
She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Hamburg in 1987, and is a psychotherapist and music therapist with her own unique private practice. She is the author of many articles and, to date, thirteen books which have been translated into several languages, including English, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese. Performance Power (Summit Books, Tempe, AZ, 1995) is a best-seller. Ms. Tarr is also in great demand worldwide for seminars on stage fright.
Edward H. Tarr has not only been one of the world's top trumpeters for over 20 years, with more than 100 recordings (LPs and CDs), but is also a respected editor of early music, a master teacher, and--since 1985--the director of a unique European institution, the Bad Säckingen Trumpet Museum.
Tarr was born in America, lived for nearly 20 years in Switzerland, and is now residing in
Germany. He received a Ph.D. in musicology in 1986 from the University of Hamburg. Tarr
taught for many years at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, a prestigious pioneering institute for research and
performance in early music, as well as at the Basel Conservatory of Music in Switzerland.
As a teacher Tarr has had unusual success: the winners of the International Music Competition
of the German Radio Stations (ARD) in Munich in 1986 and 1993, the first two prize winners
of the First International Altenburg Competition for Baroque Trumpet (1996), and the first prize winner of the
Ellsworth Smith International Competition for Trumpet Soloists (2000) were his pupils.