Pianist Natasha Kislenko has concertized extensively in Russia and former USSR, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Paraguay and across the United States. Critics praise her “great artistry,” “perfect technique,” and “extraordinary richness of nuance and color.”
Ms. Kislenko is a versatile artist with a broad range of experience. On stage, she is frequently heard in both solo and collaborative recitals, as well as chamber music concerts. Recent solo engagements include the Eskisehir Greater Municipality Symphony Orchestra, Turkey (2015), the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional, Asunción, Paraguay (2013), and the Varna Chamber Orchestra, Bulgaria (2013). Since 2010, Natasha has held a principal keyboard position with the Santa Barbara Symphony. With this orchestra, she has been a featured soloist for the Shostakovich Piano Concerto no.1, Op.35, Grieg Piano Concerto, Op.16 and most recently Clara Schumann Piano Concerto Op.7, earning great critical acclaim.
Ms.Kislenko has played chamber music with many distinguished artists including Sarah Chang, James Buswell, Theodore Kuchar, Donald Weilerstein, Richie Hawley and Leone Buyse, to name only a few. In 2011 she, along with violinist Chavdar Parashkevov, released a CD “Russian Sonatas” for violin and piano, available on spotify.com, itunes and other websites.
Ms. Kislenko received international awards such as a Third (1992) and a Second (1995) prize at the “J. S. Bach” competition in Saarbrücken, Germany, and various prizes in piano competitions in France, Slovak Republic, Italy and Portugal. Summer studies at the famed Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, brought its highest award: the Diploma di Honore. Natasha made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut after taking the Grand Prize at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in 1996.
Born in Moscow, Natasha holds graduate degrees in piano from the famed Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Stony Brook University, NY. Primary teachers included Anatoly Vedernikov, Yuri Slesarev, Joaquín Achúcarro and Gilbert Kalish.
In addition to a successful performing career, Dr. Kislenko has been a dedicated educator and mentor to the younger generations of aspiring musicians. A collaborative faculty member at the Music Academy of the West, CA since 2004, Natasha joined the faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 after serving at California State University, Fresno for five years. She has recently appeared with performances and masterclasses at University of Maryland College Park, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Houston Moores School of Music (TX), Morgan State University (MD), Tulane University (LA), Fort Hays State University (KS), Ankara University (Turkey), Scuola Musicale di Sesto Fiorentino (Italy) and Würzburg Musikhochschule (Germany) in addition to numerous adjudications for MTNA and MTAC.