Natasha Paremski : Pianist

With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, 24-year-old pianist Natasha Paremski reveals astounding virtuosity and voracious interpretive abilities. She continues to generate excitement from all corners as she wins over audiences with her musical sensibility and flawless technique.

In September 2010, Natasha was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year, and will release her debut recital album this year. In the 2011-12 season, she will perform with major orchestras in the United States including the Alabama Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Virginia Symphony.

In the 2010-11 season Natasha toured extensively in the United Kingdom, appearing with the Bournemouth Symphony, Tonkünstler Orchestra, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In North America, she appeared with orchestras including the Toronto Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony, as well as making her debut on the Harriman Jewell recital series in Kansas City. In summer 2011 Natasha toured in Latvia and Austria with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, performing Chopin Piano Concerto Nos. 1 and 2. They performed at 30th Anniversary and final Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, of which Gidon Kremer served as Artistic Director. Her past appearances include performances with the with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Dallas Symphony, New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. She has also given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Schloss Elmau and Verbier festivals, and on the Rising Stars Series of Gilmore and Ravinia.

With a strong focus on new music, Natasha’s growing repertoire reflects an artistic maturity beyond her years. In the 2010-11 season, she played the world premiere of a sonata written for her by Gabriel Kahane, which will also be included on her upcoming album. At the suggestion of John Corigliano, she brought her insight and depth to his Piano Concerto with the Colorado Symphony in the 2007-2008 season, both on subscription and in a featured concert at the National Performing Arts Convention in June 2008. In recital, she has played several pieces by Fred Hersch. Natasha has also performed Rubinstein’s Fourth Piano Concerto in the US and Europe in past seasons to great acclaim.

Natasha also continues to extend her performance activity and range beyond the traditional concert hall. In December 2008, she was the featured pianist in choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s Danse Concertantes at New York’s Joyce Theater. She was featured in a major two-part film for BBC Television on the life and work of Tchaikovsky, shot on location in St. Petersburg, performing excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto and other works. In the winter of 2007, she participated along with Simon Keenlyside and Maxim Vengerov in the filming of “Twin Spirits”, a project starring Sting and Trudie Styler that explores the music and writing of Robert and Clara Schumann, which will be released on DVD. She has previously performed the piece several times with the co-creators in New York and the UK, all directed by John Caird, the director/adaptor of the musical Les Misérables.

Born in Moscow, Natasha began her piano studies at the age of 4 with Nina Malikova at the Andreyev School of Music there. In 1995 she emigrated with her family to the United States and became a US citizen in 2001. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before moving to New York to study with Pavlina Dokovska at Mannes College of Music, from which she graduated in 2007. Her growing list of awards includes the Prix Montblanc 2007, the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award, top prize in the 2002 Bronislaw Kaper Awards sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic; top prize in the Young Artists in Carnegie Hall 2000 International Piano Festival, and many others.

Natasha made her professional debut at age nine with the El Camino Youth Symphony in California. At the age of fifteen she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded two discs on the Bel Air Music Label with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky, the first featuring Anton Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No. 4 coupled with Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody and the second featuring all of Chopin’s shorter works for piano and orchestra.

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