May 18, 2014 2:00 PM
Benefit concert for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
F.Mendelssohn - Fantasy op.28
J.Haydn - Sonata XVI23
B.Smetana- Fantasy on Czech folk songs
J.Brahms - Intermezzo op.116 no.4
F.Chopin - Balade no.1 op.23
F.Liszt - Paganini Etude no.6
Passionate, intense, temperamental, with a unique connection to the music, Natalie moves audiences and people from all walks of life with her sensibility and charisma.
Born in Prague, Czech Republic, in August 1999, began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of five, showing since then unparalleled dedication to both practice and performance.
Whit just six years of age Natalie was accepted to Prague School of Music, a school for gifted children, beginning her studies under the guidance of piano professor Libuse Ticha. She made her orchestral debut playing the complete Mozart’s Piano Concerto number 20 K. 466 with the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in front of more than 1200s spectators at the age of ten.
Performed as a soloist next to the main Czech orchestras, The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, The Pilsen Philharmonic orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra and played under the baton of conductors Enrique Roel, Koji Kawamoto, Marko Ivanovic, Gustavo Guersman, and Jaroslav Brych.
Participated in national and international piano competitions with great success wining many first prizes and giving more than 250 concerts in countries around Europe and America with appearances in famous venues such as the Smetana Hall of the municipal house in Prague, the Dvorak hall of the Rudolfinum auditorium, or the auditorium of Law School in Buenos Aires. Czech radio recorded Natalie’s live performance in several occasions and her singularity attracted the attention of specialized critics Frederic Gaussin from France and Carsten Durer from Germany during her performances in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2013.
Her biggest success came in 2014 when with only 14 years old Natalie became laureate of the Smetana international piano competition, it was the first time in the 50 years history of this competition that someone so young won in the oldest age category for pianists of up to 30 years of age.
Natalie’s extensive repertoire include several piano concertos, sonatas, and virtuoso pieces from Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Smetana, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and many others that extend her versatility well beyond reasonable expectations.
She studied with concert pianist and composer Pía Sebastiani, renowned professor of the university of Ball State, Indiana, USA, continuing with Professor Milan Langer, the head of the piano department of the Prague conservatoire. Currently she is a student of Professor Frantisek Maly, head of the piano department at the University of Arts in Prague.
Mihail Pethukov, concert pianist and professor at the
P.I. Tchaikovsky conservatory, Moscow said:
" According to my opinion Natalie is a very gifted pianist with a very good technical preparation that fortunately intertwines with an extraordinary and innate musicality"
concert pianist and professor at the piano faculty of the university of Vienna,
"Natalie belongs to a very select group of pianists, during her performance I forgot her age and I felt as if she would take me to a musical journey. She certainly lives for the music, and the music lives inside her"
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May 18, 2014 2:00 PM
Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York