was introduced to music at eight years of age, when her elementary school
hosted a music career day. On
each desk was a different musical instrument, and she was drawn to the
trumpet, although she couldn’t make any sound come out. Her mom suggested she take up the
violin, which she did, and became good enough to play in the school
orchestra. The orchestra’s
only viola player left at the end of the school year and Natasha’s
music teacher made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: If you switch to the viola, you can
have both the instrument and lessons at no charge. Because she was now the only violist
in the orchestra, it allowed her to play a wide variety of music, both as a
chamber and orchestral musician.
the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England,
where she earned a viola performance degree. At the Guildhall School of Music,
she acquired her Master’s in performance and concert recital
diploma. Her teachers included
In 2004, she
joined the London Symphony Orchestra.
Other groups with whom she has worked include the BBC Philharmonic
Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra,
and the Philharmonia.
on the LSO’s 2008 recording, John Adams: A Flowering Tree.
January 2012, the LSO performed “Dances from Powder Her Face” by Thomas Ades,
“Symphony No. 1” by Sir Edward Elgar, and “Viola Concerto”
by Sir William Walton, with soloist Antoine Tamestit. Sir Antonio Pappano
Andre Previn was at the helm when the LSO gave the European
premiere of his “Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra”,
with soloists Yuri Bashmet and Anne-Sophie
Mutter. It was sandwiched
between Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian
Spring – Suite” and John Harbison’s
“Symphony No. 3”.
In the field
of music education, Natasha has taught both privately and at the Royal
College of Music, participated in the LSO Discovery program, sat on the
Surrey Arts independent teachers panel, and served as a Level 3 advanced
fitness instructor & personal trainer.
education has also continued:
She has pursued Regent’s Academy diplomas in decorative paint
& interior design.