Being raised in the cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg, afforded Natalia the opportunity to be surrounded by music since early childhood. An invaluable part of her upbringing, Natalia cherishes the exposure she received from an early age which continues to shape her musical sensitivities today. Natalia began playing piano at the age of 6 and went on to graduate from one of the oldest music schools in Saint-Petersburg, which maintains strict foundations in classical traditions and music history. From attending the frequent concerts that her city is famous for, and often performing in them herself, music has maintained a constant for Natalia.
Upon moving to the US, Natalia became seriously busy with other disciplines – Philosophy and Design – to help support herself; however never stopped playing, teaching, or singing! Having lived in Washington, DC for over 10 years, Natalia loves the active musical life of our city, very similar to her home in Saint Petersburg. As a teacher, Natalia encourages her students to take advantage of the wonderful accessibility of the arts that we have in our capitol city. She feels that exposure to great artistry, in all genres, is crucial to developing both a student’s ear, and also their passion for music, whichever style may interest them most! She credits her own love of music to the wonderfully inspiring experiences these two great cities have given her. Natalia is happy to have the opportunity here to play piano every day and to share her passion with the students.