She studied with Boris Lysenko and Irina Kugucheva at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, from which she graduated with distinction in 1976.
Tamara has won numerous prizes in Russia, Georgia and further afield. She is active as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed on radio, television and at such events as the Arcady Music Festival (USA), the Scriabin Festival (Netherlands) and the "White Nights" and "International Virtuosos of the Year 2000" Festival (St. Petersburg).
She has also given recitals in several European countries and the United States. Tamara Poddubnaya gave masterclasses in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Israel and the United States, Bulgaria and Russia. She taught at the College of Music of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and the Russia State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg.
Since many years she judges in a number of international festivals and competitions, such as Hopes, Talents, Masters in Bulgaria, the Maria Yudina Piano Competition in St.Petersburg, the Valery Gavrelin International Governor Competition in Vologda (Russia) and the International Schubert Piano Competition in Ruse (Bulgaria).
From 1999 she was head of the piano department of the International Academy of Music in Maryville, Tennessee in the USA. Since 2000 she is a member of the Union of Concert Performers of the Russian Federation. Since 2003 Tamara Poddubnaya is listed guest professor of piano at the North Netherlands Conservatoire and guest professor of Portland Conservatory Maine (USA) and Long Island Conservatory in New York.
Together with Rineke Smilde she set up the PeterGreat Festival, giving her expertise in coaching Young Talent a place in the North of the Netherlands.