Natalie Tsaldarakis Resume

      A diverse musician, Swedish-born Greek pianist Natalie Tsaldarakis has appeared in a wide range of venues, from the renowned Sibelius Academy in Finland and the Complex for the Arts in Philadelphia (US), to the Athenaeum International Cultural Center in Athens, Greece (home of the International Maria Callas Piano Competition) and St John's, Smith Square. In recent years, Natalie Tsaldarakis has appeared extensively both as soloist and as member of the Ivory Duo with pianist Panayotis Archontides in Greece, Austria, Italy, Finland, US, and the UK.

Natalie has been broadcasted by ERA–3 (the Greek National Radio station for classical music), interviewed by ERA-1, and her concerts have attracted the attention of NET- Greek National Television station. She has also appeared live as a guest on Sound Out, presented by former Scratch Orchestra member Carole Finer on Resonance FM 104.4 (25/4/08, UK). She is probably among the youngest musicians included in the seven-volume Dictionary of Greek Music and Musicians (Kalogeropoulos, Athens: Giallelis Editions, 1998). Among her 2007 performances and collaborations belong performances of works by Michael Chant and Douglas Finch (former Head of Keyboard at TCM), appearances with known pianists Ian Pace and John Tilbury, as well as concerts at Blackheath Halls, Charlton House (as part of the celebrations for its 400 years), and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In 2008 notable engagements have already included St John's, Smith Square, and the Reform Club with the Ivory Duo.

Ms. Tsaldarakis' teachers include former pupils of illustrious teachers Lateiner (D. Toufexis), Gorodnitsky (Dr. Bedford), Masselos (Dr. McHugh), and Gina Bachauer (D. Kara). She has performed in master classes by well-known American pianist and adjudicator James Tocco and Russian Larissa Dedova (first teacher of Ivo Pogorelich and herself pupil of Lev Oborin). In 2005 the pianist relocated to London to expand her concert career under the guidance of pianist Elena Riu (professor at Trinity College of Music), parallel to her musicological research at Royal Holloway into Modern British Pianism. Natalie, who interviewed pianists of such stature as Martino Tirimo, Philip Fowke, Stephen Hough, and Yonty Solomon for the needs of her research, has been invited to submit her dissertation by the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland (US).

Her academic career has indeed won her many distinctions and awards. She holds a MMus in Musicology (Performance Studies) from the Royal Holloway (University of London, '07), a Soloist Piano Diploma with distinction (class of D. Toufexis awarded when she was still only 19), a B.A. in music from the American College of Greece again with distinction, and a further MM in piano performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (US), which lead to her becoming member of the American Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda in 1994 (membership by invitation only).

Natalie won first and second prizes in piano competitions in the US (Wurlitzer Young Artist Competition 1993- District Winner, Pottstown Concerto Competition 1993- 2nd place, University Concerto Competition 1994-only winner among the graduate and piano categories), and had the privilege of being selected to compete at prestigious international competitions such as the 1997 International Beethoven Piano Competition, Vienna and the 1998 Gina Bachauer (US).

Updated:  April 30, 2008

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