Piano Teacher & Pianist - Natalia Loresch - Biography
Natalia Loresch was born into a family of musicians in Russia and received her first (as well as ongoing) piano lessons from her mother, continuing in St Petersburg with Valentina Nikiforova, a student of Olga Kalantarova who was herself a student and assistant of Anna Yessipova. Yessipova was a student and long-standing assistant of Theodor Leschetizky, one of Europe's most significant piano pedagogues who was a significant corner stone in establishing the Russian piano technique. At the age of eight she began playing on stage and had a solo performance in the Glinka Chapel in St Petersburg three years later. At the age of 13 Natalia graduated from the music school (2 years ahead of the Russian educational schedule) with a diploma with 100% marks in all subjects. In 1995 the family emigrated to Germany and Natalia became a pupil of Prof. Conrad Hansen, a student of the legendary Edwin Fischer, in Hamburg. While in Hamburg, several prizes and scholarships were won at the national German competition Jugend musiziert, the International Steinway Piano Competition Hamburg as well as various other competitions. Subsequently Natalia was accepted at the specialist school Carl-Philipp-Emanuel-Bach Musikgymnasium in Berlin and later went on to study solo piano performance (Hauptfach Klavier) at the Universität der Künste (formerly Hochschule der Künste) in Berlin in the class of Prof. Pascal Devoyon.
Natalia first came to London in 2006, where she continued her studies in solo piano performance with Piers Lane and Kathryn Stott as well as harpsichord with Virginia Black and clavichord with Terence Charlston on the MMus programme at the Royal Academy of Music. She has taken part in masterclasses with Dang Thai Son, Rainer Becker, Christopher Elton, Felix Gottlieb, Stanislav Pochekin, Oxana Yablonskaya, Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies, Bernard d’Ascoli, Victor Rosenbaum, Kenneth Gilbert, Julian Jacobson and Stephen Savage and has also had lessons with Lilya Silberstein, Hartmut Rohde, Daniel Hoexter, Michael Dussek and Michael Roll.
Natalia has won prizes at several competitions including the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition where she won the first and the Sir Philip Ledger Prize in 2007. She has also been the recipient of the Oscar und Vera Ritter Scholarship, the Paul Hindemith Scholarship, the Myra Hess Award and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Award.
Natalia has given soloist and chamber music performances in the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Summer Festival Sommerfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Philharmonie Berlin performing a Mozart Concerto, the Warehouse in London playing with the Manson Ensemble, the Messiaen South Bank Festival 2008 in London and she also appeared in St. John’s Smith Square playing the Schumann Concerto in November 2007. She is constantly expanding her repertoire, exploring contemporary music with interest, working in different chamber music groups and is also pursuing her interest in musicology which lead her to completing another masters in historical musicology at Royal Holloway University of London.
Within the realms of academia, Natalia has given papers on various aspects of music theory and piano performance at the IMR Interconnections Conference and the RMA Postgraduate Student Conference and a lecture recital at RAM juxtaposing performances of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier on the piano, harpsichord and clavichord. A review was published in Early Music, Oxford University Press. The research focused on Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, German Baroque music theory and early 20th-century pianism in the light of cultural studies.
Natalia has also been involved with chamber music and has accompanied various instrumentalists as well as singers and choirs in concerts, exams and competitions. Being especially interested in ensemble playing and accompaniment she is expanding her network of singers and instrumentalists and is taking on accompaniment work for examinations, concerts, competitions etc.
Piano Teaching and Education
Natalia has been giving piano lessons in London and Berlin since 2003. Life is a give-and-take and learning without giving something back does not really make much sense. Teaching has been a major way of giving back knowledge and skills as well as a very serious interest. Natalia has invested a lot of time into studying different teaching methodologies, histories, philosophies, repertoires, curriculums and educational systems in general from the onset of thought in writing. Hereby Rudolf Steiner's writing on education in general were a special influence. As a result of the merge of the Russian, German, French and British performance and teaching traditions she has formulated her own teaching curriculum which is rooted in the aforementioned schools of pianism. Natalia's approach to teaching is motivational, serious and systematic and also advances a better understanding of music as well as the enjoyment of playing piano and making music. The idea is to attempt reaching the highest possible quality which an individual could achieve without killing their interest in music. Therefore she studies the individuality of each pupil and teaches them according to their individuality. The happiness and wellbeing of pupils is always a primary concern. Natalia's pupils achieve distinctions in exams and win top prizes in competitions as a result (see the News page for more details) and develop their musical interests as well as undertakings into a life-long passion.
As a teacher Natalia is very painstaking. Her remarks are clear and incisive, supported by frequent illustrations of single passages and whole pieces at the piano. She takes infinite trouble to work out each detail perfecting it. She is very patient with pupils of all levels and abilities, always respecting pupils for trying hard rather than showing off mere talent without the former, and grows very enthusiastic over teaching when progress is in sight.
There are teachers who attempt to teach pupils something they either cannot understand or do themselves. And there are teachers who can play but cannot explain how to do it, having no interest in the ongoing systematic background work without which pianistic ability does not materialize. Natalia can do both and explain how it is done. She knows how to choose and produce which effects, and can explain as well as demonstrate these causations, choices and ways of making to pupils with exactness and minutest detail.
At the moment there is a book for little pupils in preparation as well as an ongoing recording project for learning repertoire for pupils. For more information on teaching please visit the About Lessons pages.
Musikfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 1997
Philharmonie Berlin, 2000
Mozart Concerto Jeunehomme
After winning the Hastings International Concerto Competition in 2007:
Royal Academy of Music, 2008
Lecture Recital - Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier on the Modern Piano, Harpsichord and clavichord
From a recent concert just before the pandemic:
Recording project for lessons during the pandemic:
Natalia has also pursued a range of other interests such as Baroque music theory, composition, playing the violin, recorder and flute, languages, literature, philosophy, theology, religions, poetry, photography, history, law and writing. A few earlier pictures from decades ago are on a blog on https://natashaloresch.wordpress.com/ and some more recent photographic experiments can be found on Flickr on https://www.flickr.com/photos/natashaloresch/. See a few excepts on the side of the this biography page.
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