Natalia Kazaryan, piano

October 27, 2021

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) – Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op. 60 (1846) (8’)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – Jeux d’eau (1901) (5’)

Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927) – Piano Sonata No. 3 (1999) (22’)

I. Serenade/Toccata 

II. Interlude

III. Tango Fantastique


From Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, pianist Natalia Kazaryan has been hailed by The New York Sun for her “prodigious ability,” remarking that she “immediately established an atmosphere of strength and confidence.” She is “a marvel among marvels … fascinating, elegant” (Nice-Matin) and her playing is dynamically “lovely, lyrical … beautiful” (Classical Post).

Passionate about programming works by female composers, she recently curated and performed a recital of all women composers at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., a performance The Washington Post named “one of the best classical concerts of the summer 2019.” She reprises the program for “All Classical Portland” (OR), and continues to expand her series of lecture-recitals showcasing works of female composers, including a recent performance with the National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment (women’s suffrage). She also was recently appointed as a board member of the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Her Philadelphia recital debut on Astral’s series in December 2019 included a commission by Alexandra Gardner. Also upcoming is a solo recital for Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series as well as recitals in Michigan, Florida, and Washington DC.

Ms. Kazaryan recently performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and appeared at the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art. She has given recitals in Detroit, Key West, and in Washington, D.C. on the Smithsonian Steinway Series, and appeared in an all-Messiaen concert at The Church of the Epiphany. She has performed with the Ann Arbor Symphony, and appeared in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

Ms. Kazaryan also enjoys an active performing career across Europe.

Ms. Kazaryan began studying piano at the age of six, and performed as soloist with the Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra just one year later. A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, she has also captured top prizes in numerous international competitions.  She won both a Fulbright Grant and a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship to Paris to continue her studies, with a focus on Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus

Natalia Kazaryan studied in the preparatory division of the Tbilisi Music Conservatory with Alla Nakashidze. She holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied under Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. From 2013-2015, she studied at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, under Dimitri Bashkirov. She completed doctoral studies at the University of Michigan under Logan Skelton and holds an adjunct piano faculty position at Howard University.

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

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