Our guest artist for Legendary Love Stories, Natasha Paremski, began her piano studies at the age of four! Born in Moscow, she moved to the United States when she was eight, becoming a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter, and is now based in New York.
At the tender age of only nine, Natasha made her professional debut with the El Camino Youth Symphony in California! Perhaps even more astonishing, she was only fifteen when she debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded two albums with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
Natasha was awarded several prestigious prizes at a very young age, including the Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006 at age eighteen and the Prix Montblanc in 2007. In 2010, she was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year.
Natasha has a great relationship with the U.K’s famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she has performed every year since 2008 in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall. She recorded Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the orchestra’s label.
Natasha plays worldwide, from Taipei to Buenos Aires, from Paris to Tokyo, and just about everywhere in between! Here she performs “Piano Concerto No. 3” by Rachmaninoff with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway.
A passionate chamber musician, Natasha is a regular recital partner of GRAMMY-winning cellist Zuill Bailey. You’ll remember Zuill’s extraordinary playing during our 2018 “Impressions of Don Quixote” concert. Natasha performed on Zuill’s album Britten: Cello Symphony & Cello Sonata, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart and was featured on The New York Times Playlist. Take a look at the two of them performing Rachmaninoff’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor.”
Natasha 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 Danses Concertantes at New York’s Joyce Theater. (In case you’re wondering who he is, he’s most famous outside dance circles for choreographing the movie Black Swan and marrying Natalie Portman). Natasha was also featured in a major two-part film for BBC Television on the life and work of Tchaikovsky, shot on location in St. Petersburg, in which she performed excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “First Piano Concerto” and other works.
In 2007, Natasha participated in the filming of Twin Spirits, a project starring Sting and Trudie Styler that explores the music and writing of Robert and Clara Schumann. She has performed in the project live several times with the co-creators in New York and the U.K., directed by John Caird, the original director/adaptor of the musical Les Misérables.
When she performs, Natasha reveals astounding virtuosity. She wins over audiences with her musical sensibility and powerful, flawless technique – demonstrated in this video where she performs Chopin’s “Scherzo No.4” for Colorado Public Radio.