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 teachers M. Gambaryan and N. Nemsitsveridze at Gnesin’s Academy of Music. Also, Ms. Kartashova's private piano teacher was the renowned Professor Emmanuil Monaszon, Honored Professor of the Russian Federation, teacher of more than 100 world-renowned pianists. His own teacher was 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)
After Natalia Kartashova earned her bachelor's degree in music and a Ph.D in psychology in 2005, she relocated to Santa Barbara, California, USA. Since November 2008 Natalia has been living in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 she earned her master’s degree from UCLA.
Today Ms. Kartashova is a laureat of 15 International Piano Competitions. She is pursuing her Ph.D degree in piano performance at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been actively teaching, directing the West branch of Music Teachers Association of California, performing, and recording and studies with the world-renowned Russian-trained Professor Vitaly Margulis.
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