Beginning his keyboard studies at 6 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tamir moved to the United States at age 12 and within 2 years had won Yamaha’s national keyboard competition. Tamir then studied at the Tanglewood Institute in 1988 and received a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Eastman School of Music in 1993. He then became the youngest musical director for Lovewell Institute, a national arts education non-profit organization. Since moving to LA in 1996, Tamir has been steadily engaged as a pianist and arranger, having recorded and/or toured with Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall and others. He joined the Jeff Hamilton Trio in 2000, contributing arrangements, recording and touring Japan, Europe and the US. He has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woddard, John Clayton and Barbara Morrison. Tamir also leads his own trio, with recent releases Playground and Destinations.