Biography

The pianist, piano pedagogue, and musicologist Nataliya Tkachenko is of Russian-Ukrainian descent. She began her music studies at the School of Music with Prof. Iurii Novikov, and was then tutored by Prof. Viktoria Goncharenko and Prof. Natalia Chesnokova at the Sergej Prokofjew State Conservatory in Donezk, Ukrania.

During her studies she gave numerous piano recitals in the Ukraine. At the age of 18, she made her debut with the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto in C minor op.18 and the Symphony Orchestra of Dniprodserschynsk.

Nataliya Tkachenko continued her studies and graduated in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg where she first studied piano with Prof. Silke-Thora Matthies, and then studied music education under Prof. Friedhelm Brusniak, Ph.D., and musicology under Prof. Ulrich Konrad at the Julius-Maximilians- University of Würzburg. She was also further tutored in piano by Prof. Burkard Schliessmann.

Natalaya Tkachenko graduated from the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg with a MA (Master of Arts). Her master's thesis was based upon "Chopins interpretations by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Alfred Cortot as educational challenge".

Furthermore, she was significantly influenced and inspired personally by the artistic talent of Maria Sofianska (State Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart).

Nataliya played solo piano/piano four-hands/chamber/concerts in Italy (including the Museo Nazionale dell`etá neoclassica of Romagna in the "Palazzo Milzetti”), in the Ukraine (e.g. at the International Festival of Piano Arts "Music Without Limits"), in Poland, Luxembourg, Russia and in various cities in Germany. In 2007, the Japanese music corporation Roland requested that she make presentations at the annual Music Fair in Frankfurt.

In 2008, her first CD was released with works of Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Balakirev and Rachmaninoff.

Nataliya Tkachenko has been working as a professor in Instrumental Piano at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg since 2012.

The pianist lives in Kempten and in Würzburg (Germany).