“Comparisons with Argerich should not be given lightly, but Paremski is so clearly of the same temperament and technique that it is unavoidable here.” — American Record Guide
With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, 26-year-old pianist Natasha Paremski reveals astounding virtuosity and voracious interpretive abilities. Her 2013–2014 season, packed with international dates, kicked off with the release of a highly-acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The album, which features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Fabien Gabel, has been hailed as an “electric, powerhouse performance” (The Herald).
In the 2013-14 season, Natasha performs with the Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Natasha’s numerous festival engagements include the Grant Park Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Sitka Summer Music Festival, Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest, Nohant Chopin Festival, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. In May, Natasha tours the UK with the Moscow Philharmonic and conductor Yuri Botnari, performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
In past seasons, Natasha has performed with many of the major orchestras in North America, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa, the Nashville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra. She has also toured extensively in Europe with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchester, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre de Nancy, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich, the Moscow Philharmonic, with conductors like Peter Oundjian, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Jeffrey Kahane, James Gaffigan, Dmitri Yablonski, Tomas Netopil, JoAnn Falletta, Fabien Gabel, Andrew Litton. She also toured with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica in Latvia, Benelux, the UK and Austria and played with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taipei. Recital appearances include London’s Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Schloss Elmau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival, Verbier festival, Seattle’s Meany Hall, Kansas City’s Harriman Jewell series, Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater, Ludwigshafen BASF series, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Tokyo’s Musashino Performing Arts Center or on the Rising Stars Series of Gilmore and Ravinia Festivals.
With a strong focus on new music, Natasha’s growing repertoire reflects an artistic maturity beyond her years. At the suggestion of John Corigliano, she brought her insight and depth to his Piano Concerto with the Colorado Symphony. In recital, she has played several pieces by Fred Hersch. In the 2010-11 season, she played the world premiere of a sonata written for her by Gabriel Kahane, which was also included in her solo album, released in November 2011 and debuting at No. 9 on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart.
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 also played a major role in a 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 moved to the United States at the age of 8 and became a US citizen in 1991. She began her piano studies at the age of 4 with Nina Malikova at Moscow’s Andreyev School of Music. She then 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.
Natasha made her professional debut at age nine with the El Camino Youth Symphony in California. At age 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 Chopin’s shorter works for piano and orchestra. Natasha was awarded the Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006 at the age of 18, the Prix Montblanc in 2007, the Orpheum Stiftung Prize in Switzerland. In September 2010, she was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year.
Photo credit - Vivien Schweitzer