Tatiana Stupak was born into a non-musical family. Nevertheless, at the age of 2, her father bought her a piano. When she was 5, she started learning at a local music school. But at age 7, her parents were advised to send her to the special music school of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. She studied in the class of Rubina Asya, who had been the very first student at the school, and after graduating, had decided to continue on as a teacher. During her studies, Tatiana won a Bach international competition and an Organ international competition in Russia. Also she gave concerts all over Germany, in Austria and in Russia. After 11 years at the school, she continued her studies at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in the class of Professor Leonid Sintsev. Tatiana graduated from the Conservatory after 5 years, and moved to Cyprus.
In 2011 a musician friend persuaded her to join the Limassol Pianists' Circle – a small group of enthusiastic pianists who met a few times each year to play to each other, after practising to improve their playing standards. That group was dissolved in 2012, after which, Tatiana played only occasionally in private to a few friends.
Then early in 2015 she was invited to play by her composer friend David Pentecost at a meeting of the recently formed Music Appreciation Group of C3A Limassol; she accepted, and played at the group's first live music event held in June at the home of one of its members, who had a fine Steinway grand piano.
This concert was such a success that there was a demand for more live music. David asked Tatiana to play again, this time at his home, for some of his friends. Her performances were very successful, and after some persuasion, she decided to have a public concert. David offered to explore the possibility of her giving public recitals and to help with the necessary administrative tasks.
Research into available halls in Cyprus with a good piano resulted in a short list of possible venues. But booking a hall by a relatively unknown pianist was not a simple matter. Tatiana first had to hire a recording studio in order to produce a few tracks for eventual production of a CD. In September, these first recordings were sent to the management of one of the short-listed venues, who responded enthusiastically, agreeing to Tatiana's playing a recital. Further recording sessions took place as part of the plan to issue a CD in due course.
In September she was asked to play at a charity event in Limassol. It was here that she was fortunate enough to be heard by President Anastasiades and the First Lady, who were in attendance, and she was invited to attend the forthcoming Cyprus-Russian Gala at the presidential palace.
Another piano recital followed, at the Russian House in Limassol in December, as part of the Christmas festivities.
Tatiana's first public professional recital in Cyprus was arranged for Friday, 29th January, at the Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre in Paphos. The concert was a sell-out, and people had to be turned away at the door. Tatiana played classical pieces by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev and Schumann, and after the interval, her friend Leonid Nesterov played some jazz standards, including some of his own compositions.
In April and in May 2016 she played solos and accompanied the tenor Marios Charalambous at the Technohoros ETHAL theatre in Limassol, and then at the Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre again.
In June she began what is now planned as an annual birthday charity concert, and the venue chosen was Peter's Gallery in Limassol. As well as playing solos, she accompanied the visiting soprano from Moscow, Tatiana Kokoreva, and once more Marios Charalambous. At this point in her career, Tatiana began to receive invitations to play at various events.
October 2016 was to be a busy month for Tatiana. The village of Monagri held an outdoor concert in the village square, and she was asked to play. She invited Marios Charalambous and Russian soprano Tatiana Kokoreva, who was again visiting Cyprus, to join her. Less than a week after the Monagri event, a concert for both Tatianas was arranged at Technopolis in Paphos. And at the end of the month, Tatiana was invited to play some solos in Limassol at the Lanitio Lyceum A hall, as part of the 2nd International Charity Festival, known as 'Art Kyprida'.
In January 2017, tenor Marios Charalambous asked Tatiana to accompany him in some religious songs at the Katholiki Church in Limassol old town. To celebrate the Tatyana name day at the end of January, some entertainment was arranged at Limassol's Russian House, and Tatiana accompanied the soprano Alysa Kuchinskaya.
One month later, Tatiana was invited to play at the opening of a new art gallery in Limassol, called Dreams Gallery. She asked cellist Robert Grod, a Lithuanian cellist who works in Nicosia to take part, and she accompanied him.
And four days later, at the end of March, Tatiana was invited to play in Nicosia at the Russian Cultural Centre, where she performed a Schumann Intermezzo and a Chopin Etude.
In May, she arranged a concert at Technopolis in Paphos, playing with cellist Robert Grod.
June 2017 was an exceptionally busy month, with four events taking place. Firstly, the Cyprus Art Festival was held in a small hall in Limassol old port, where the artist Irina Sigitova exhibited some of her works; she asked Tatiana to accompany her on the piano, while she painted a portrait in a limited time. A few days later, another open air charity event was arranged in Monagri village, supported by Limassol's Mayor, and Tatiana was invited to play again. She accompanied other performers who were visiting from Russia: Tatiana Kokoreva, Maria Volkova (violin) and Artëm Volkov (tenor). The music events were filmed and some of them are now on YouTube.
Then Tatiana was asked to play at the annual Cyprus-Russian Festival in Limassol's open air Garden Theatre. She once more accompanied soprano Tatiana Kokoreva, and artist Irina Sigitova.