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Russian Concert Pianist, Natalia Kartashova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where, because of her exceptional talent, she had an opportunity to study with the best professors as a student at the School for Gifted Children. She began her music studies with her mother, Tamara Novikova, who has a degree in music theory.

Starting at the age of 8, Natalia gave her first concerts in St. Petersburg and in Hungary, Poland, and Czechoslovakia, and at age 12 went on her first solo concert tour in Italy. By the age of 13, she had won several first prizes and two Grand Prix in piano competitions for young composers and young pianists in the USSR.

In 2000, she graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg and moved to Moscow, continuing her studies with M. Gambaryan and N. Nemsitsveridze at Gnesin’s Academy of Music. At the same time she was taking private lessons with the renowned pianist Emmanuil Monaszon, Honored Professor of the Russian Federation, trained by Nikolai Igumnov, a famous luminary of the Russian piano school, whose teacher A. Zilotti had been taught by Franz Liszt himself.

While studying both music and psychology in Moscow, Ms.Kartashova participated in the International Piano Competitions, winning First Prizes and the Grand Prix (France, Spain, Ukraine), frequently appearing on TV and radio stations, participating in master classes with M.Pletnev, D. Bashkirov, V.Gornostaeva. V. Ashkenazi and performing at various piano festivals.

After Natalia Kartashova earned her MM degree in music and a Ph.D in psychology in 2005, she relocated to California, USA. In 2009 she earned her master’s degree from UCLA, studying with world-renowned pianist Vitaly Margulis.

Today Ms. Kartashova is a laureat of 15 International Piano Competitions, Board Director of Music Teachers Association of California and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance (University of California, Los Angeles, 2015). Her Doctoral dissertation “ Stage anxiety re-examined. An integrative approach for the twenty first century” helps musicians to recognize and overcome deeply rooted reasons for stage anxiety. Natalia has been actively teaching, performing and recording, residing in Los Angeles.

EDUCATION

PRESENT DOCTOR of MUSICAL ARTS ,Piano Performance
University of California, Los Angeles
USA, CA
2007-2009 MASTER OF MUSIC
University of California, Los Angeles
USA, CA
2004-2006 Ph.D. in psychology
Moscow State University of Culture and Arts
Diploma with Honors,
President of Russian Federation Scholarship award
Russia, Moscow
2001-2004 Bachelors' degree
Moscow State University of Culture and Arts
Russia, Moscow
1994-2000 Associates Degree
College of Music named after Rimsky-Korsakov
Russia, St. Petersburg
1989-1993 Preparatory degree
School of Music for gifted children
Russia, St. Petersburg

PRIVATE INSTRUCTORS

VITALY MARGULIS  World-renowned pianist, UCLA Professor 2007-PRESENT
EMMANUL MONASZON Honored Artist of USSR
Honored Professor of Music
2004-2006
MARIA GAMBARJAN Honored Artist of USSR
Professor of Gnesin's Music Academy
2001-2004
NANA NEMSITSVERIDZE Professor of Gnesin's Music Academy  
SVETLANA KARIZINA Honored Artist of USSR 1994-2000

COMPETITIONS

FIRST PRIZE Regional competition of Young Composers St. Petersburg, 1987
FIRST PRIZE Regional Competition of Young Pianists St. Petersburg, 1988
GRAND PRIX USSR Competition of Piano Duets Novgorod, USSR 1998
DIPLOMA International Piano Competition Kiev, Ukraine 1999
DIPLOMA International Piano Competition Kiev, Ukraine 2001
HONORED DIPLOMA International Piano Competition
Special Award for Artistry
Paris, France 2001
CONCERT DIPLOMA International Piano Competition Andorra, Spain 2002
FIRST PRIZE International Piano Competition
Grand Prix for Franz Liszt interpretation
Marseilles, France 2003

PERFORMANCES

  • USA, California, Santa Maria Solo recital, First United Methodist Church 2010
  • USA, California, Santa Barbara Solo recital, Westmont College 2010
  • USA, California, Los Osos Solo recital, Thrinity United Methodist Church 2010
  • USA, California, Los Angeles Solo recital, UCLA, Schoenberg Hall 2009
  • USA, California, Santa Maria Solo recital, First United Methodist Church 2008
  • USA, California, Santa Maria Solo recital, First United Methodist Church 2007
  • RUSSIA, Moscow Solo recitals, Moscow conservatory 2006
  • RUSSIA, Moscow Solo recitals, Rakhmaninov's Hall 2006
  • RUSSIA, Moscow Solo recitals, Gagarin's Hall 2005
  • RUSSIA, Moscow Solo recitals, Blue Hall 2004
  • RUSSIA, St. Petersburg Solo recitals, Capella 2003
  • RUSSIA, St. Petersburg Solo recitals, hermitage Hall 2000-2003
  • ITALY 11 cities concert Tour 1998/li>

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • University of California, Los Angeles. Music Appreciation Instructor 2010
  • Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. Piano and Chamber Music Instructor 2005
  • Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. Music History and Music Theory instructor 2003-2005
  • British International School Director, Russian Language and Music Theory instructor 2000-2004
  • Saint-Petersburg College of Musical and Aesthetical Education. Russian language and Literature instructor , music instructor 1995-2000
 
Studio Location
11131 Rose Ave, #16
Los Angeles, CA 90034
 
Phone
(310) 702-2154
 

 
Website
nataliakartashova.com
russianacademyofmusic.com