Russian Concert pianist, Laureat of 15 International competitions, Natalia Kartashova was born in Russia, Saint-Petersburg.
After studying at prestigious Music School for highly gifted children and giving recitals in Russia and abroad from the age of 6, she was accepted to Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music.
Upon graduation she pursued her career and education in Moscow, studying with Maria Gambaryan and Emmanuil Monaszon (Honored Artist and Piano Professor of Russian Federation. While studying both psychology and music in Moscow, Ms. Kartashova participated in the international piano competitions,winning First Prizes and the Grand Prix(France, Spain) frequently appearing on TV and radio stations performing and being interviewed.
In 2006 Natalia relocated to US where In 2009 she earned her Master’s degree from UCLA, studying with world-renowned pianist Professor Vitaly Margulis and in 2014 completed her Doctoral degree in Piano Performance.
In 2015 Dr. Kartashova established Russian Academy of Music. She is frequently invited as an adjudicator to multiple international piano competitions in the US and abroad.
Today, Doctor of Musical Arts, Ph. D in psychology, Natalia Kartashova lives in Los Angeles, CA, performing, recording and raising new generation of wonderful pianists. Her students are the winners of various international piano competitions, and perform on the most prestigious stages in the world.
Teaching for me is a wonderful means to a desired end; I hardly can imagine anything more important or more rewarding than the fact that I am contributing not only to the education of the next generation but to its spiritual, intellectual and emotional development as well. I believe that by awakening love of music, we create compelling reasons for the individuals to be sensitive, attentive, alert, inspired, to develop their intellectual abilities, research, learn, create and contribute something unique to this world..
I offer private lessons, the length of which is recommended according to the skill level and student's goals. While learning musical theory and fundamentals of sound quality, phrasing, understanding of composers' ideas, technical freedom and other components of performing art, known around the world as " Russian school of piano playing", my students have an opportunity to participate in variety of regional and international piano competitions, CM tests, festivals and recitals.
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