One of the highly regarded young collaborators of her generation, Russian pianist Natalia Katyukova is currently working as an Assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.
A native of Klin, the city of Tchaikovsky, she has been invited numerous times to play in the House-Museum of Tchaikovsky on the composer’s own piano. Ms. Katyukova has performed with instrumentalists and singers such as Bryn Terfel, Irina Arkhipova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, at festivals and summer programs including the Ravinia Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival and has appeared in recital throughout the U.S.A., Russia, Germany, Italy, Finland, Japan and other countries. She has been featured as a solo pianist with renowned orchestras such as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Fedoseev, the “Haydn Orchestra” with Ola Rudner, and the Moscow State Symphony led by Dmitry Orlov. Additionally, she previously served on the faculties of Texas Wesleyan University, the University of Fine Arts (Russia), the Conservatory “Monteverdi” (Italy), and the Natchez Opera Festival. She has accompanied for masterclasses led by artists such as Renée Fleming, Malcolm Martineau, Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, José van Dam, Martin Katz and Warren Jones. Ms. Katyukova has been a recipient of many awards including the Zonta Club Award and a Russian Arts Foundation grant. She is a winner of the MTNA National Piano Competition (USA), the International Piano Competition (Spain), the “Ettore Pozzoli” International Piano Competition (Italy), the “Premio Massaza” International Piano Competition (Italy), the International Chamber Music Competition (Ukraine). Ms. Katyukova's performances have been broadcast on WFMT Chicago, All-Russian Radio, Radio Bavaria and Radio “South-West”, Germany.
A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, The Juilliard School and Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, her teachers included Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, Ken Noda and Lev Naumov.