Natasha Stojanovska, piano
October 20, 2021
Dame Myra Hess Concerts
Dave Schwan, host
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) – Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante Op.22 (1831-4) (14’)
Maria Szymanowska (1789-1831) – Nocturne in B flat major (1852) (5’)
Modest Mussorgsky ( 1839-1881) – The Seamstress (Scherzino) (1871) (3’)
Zara Levina (1906-1976) – Piano Sonata (1925) (9’)
Natasha Stojanovska (b. 1987) – Phantasy No. 1 (2008) (6’)
North Macedonian pianist and composer Natasha Stojanovska, is the recipient of numerous prestigious prizes and honors, including the American Prize, Bartok and Liszt Piano Competitions, Isidor Baich, Petar Konjevich, and the Wideman International Piano Competition, among others. Having left her native country to continue her education in the United States, she was selected to be a member of the studio of Georgian pianist Alexander Toradze. Stojanovska continued on to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University with James Giles while maintaining an active performing career.
As a pianist, Stojanovska has performed solo and chamber music recitals in esteemed concert halls around the world, including: Galvin Hall, Gusman Hall, Nichols Concert Hall, Morris Performing Arts Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Broward Performing Arts Center and Lensic Performing Arts Center, among others. Her own works have been performed at major festivals and venues in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. She has received artistic guidance from world-renowned pianists including Robert McDonald, Andre Watts, Jerome Lowenthal, Emanuel Ax, Gary Grafmann, Menahem Pressler, Garrik Ohlsson and Yosip Yermin. She has served as a composition and piano consultant for Renée Fleming’s highly praised song project with jazz artist Patricia Barber. In 2016 Stojanovska represented the Bienen School of Music at the Gilmore Piano Festival in Kalamazoo, MI.
Stojanovska has collaborated with violinist Rachael Barton Pine at The Union Club of Chicago, as part of the Musicians Club of Women Performance Series and flutist Molly Barth as part of the Chatter Music Series in Albuquerque, NM. In addition, Ms. Stojanovska served as a Pianist for The Sacred Music Program at the University of Notre Dame where she collaborated with prestigious musicians such as Shulamit Ran, Carmen Helen Tellez, Mario Lavista, Robert Kyr, Sven-David Sandstorm, and Nathan Gunn, among others. Ms Stojanovska gave a solo piano recital at Henry Fogel’s Concert series in April 2021 and she just recorded Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Project with the Princeton Festival which premiered in June of 2021.
Stojanovska is currently recording her debut CD, presenting the works of Eastern European Women Composers. Her passion and dedication to the music of Eastern Europe has prevailed in her career as a performer for the past 20 years. Recently, she realized it was important to record repertoire that has been neglected or undiscovered for quite some time. With this album Stojanovska wishes to showcase the originality and maturity of this repertoire, hoping to raise awareness and appreciation towards pieces that deserve a place in the standard piano repertoire.
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next week on the
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!
Wednesday October 20, 12:15pm