Nataliya Pshenychna Born in Kyiv, Ukraine to a musical family, Nataliya started playing cello at the age of 6 under her mother, herself a student of Mstislav Rostropovich. She holds degrees from the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy, Kent State University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a young Ukrainian cellist, Ms. Pshenychna was the first place winner of the Ukrainian National Competition of Young Performers and the Ukrainian international competition ”The Art of 21st Century.” During her college years in Kyiv, Ms. Pshenychna won the title of Laureate of The New Names of Ukraine and was also a recipient of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Award. She was a member of the National Opera of Ukraine for four years and also a regular substitute player with the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra, National Ensemble of Soloists “Kyiv Kamerata” and the chamber orchestra ”Renaissance”, with whom she performed as a soloist. She came to the United States to attend Kent/Blossom Music Festival in 2005 and was a part of the festival in 2007 and 2009. Ms. Pshenychna has also participated in such festivals as Spoleto USA, Tanglewood, and National Repertory Orchestra. In 2010, her piano trio was selected to represent Cleveland Institute of Music in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Pshenychna has had the privilege of working under luminary orchestral conductors such as Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Herbert Blomstadt, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and many others. She has studied and performed in master classes for the Emerson String Quartet, Daedalus String Quartet, The Miami String Quartet and the Cavani String Quartet. Ms. Pshenychna is currently a member of CityMusic Cleveland chamber orchestra, Canton Symphony and Firelands Symphony orchestras. She is a freelance musician, an active chamber music player, dedicated cello recitalist and experienced cello and piano instructor.
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Download article as PDF by Daniel Hathaway Surely it was just a coincidence that CityMusic Cleveland’s final series of concerts mostly duplicated works The Cleveland Orchestra had played the week before in the third concert of its all-Beethoven Prometheus Project at Severance Hall. The unique piece on CityMusic’s program was the Violin Concerto, which received […]