Tiara Abraham, 15, soprano prodigy, receives YoungArts award

Tiara Abraham
Tiara Abraham

Indian American artist joins the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Amanda Gorman

Tiara Abraham, an Indian American soprano prodigy from Sacramento, California, has received a 2022 YoungArts award in Classical Voice in recognition of her caliber of artistic achievement.

A senior at University of California Davis, majoring in vocal performance, Tiara has received an Honorable Mention, the organization’s second highest honor.

She joins 720 of the most accomplished young visual, literary and preforming artists from throughout the country, according to press release from YoungArts.

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The distinguished group includes Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Amanda Gorman, Judith Hill, Jennifer Koh, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer.

Tiara started singing at a young age and began classical voice lessons at seven. In May, she debuted her junior solo recital at UC Davis where she is a University Regents Scholar and also a University Honors Program (UHP) Scholar.

Though her passion is singing, she also enjoys playing piano and violin, composing, orchestration and music theory. For her UHP project, Tiara has composed for voice and piano on a set of poems from the under-represented African American poet, Georgia Douglas Johnson.

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Tiara has performed nationally and internationally at venues like Carnegie Hall, Vatican, Musikverein (Vienna Austria), and for the San Francisco Giants. She also enjoys performing for the seniors at memory care and assisted living centers.

Selected through the organization’s prestigious competition, YoungArts award winners, all 15-18 years old or in grades 10–12, are chosen for their caliber of artistic achievement.

YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the United States, in which they will have opportunities for financial, creative and professional development support throughout their entire careers.

Executive Director Jewel Malone congratulated the “extraordinary group of promising, accomplished young artists on this exciting milestone in their artistic careers.”

“YoungArts empowers artists to pursue a life in the arts beginning at the critical time when many are faced with decisions about life after high school,” said Malone.

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“We are proud to support these young artists at the beginning of their journeys and look forward to becoming a resource for them at all stages of their careers.”

YoungArts award winners become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support including a wide range of fellowships, residencies and awards; microgrants and financial awards; virtual and in-person presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues and cultural partners nationwide; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private online platform for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and discover new opportunities.

YoungArts was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts and provide them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers.

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