With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, 26-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.
Born in Moscow, Natasha moved to the United-States at the age of 8 and became a US citizen in 1991. She is now based out of New York.
Natasha was awarded several very prestigious young artists’ prizes at a very young age, 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.
Her first recital album was released in 2011 and it debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart. In 2012 she recorded Tchaikovsky’s first concerto and Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Fabien Gabel on the orchestra’s label distributed by Naxos.
Natasha is performing with 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 is touring extensively in Europe too 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.
She has given recitals at 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. 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. 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.
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.
Natasha 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 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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