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Natasha Korsakova


"The public is the most precise and sensitive measure 
of the creative condition of an artist on a stage."

A descendant of a famous composer. Granddaughter of a grand maestro. Daughter of a well-known violin virtuoso and a pianist. She herself was a child prodigy playing an instrument since the age of 5, the violin. She had no lack of talent, but the weight of expectation lay heavy on her shoulders. She is now an accomplished and successful artist, who is open to new repertoires and "cross fertilization" as well as promoting a lively image of classical music. It has not been easy. The compass she uses for her journey has been - and continues to be - her relationship with her fans across the world.


Natasha Korsakova was born in Moscow to a family of great musicians; ancestors on her father's side include the composer Rimskij-Korsakov among its ranks. Her grandfather, Boris Korsakov had been the first violinist at Radio Moscow, her father was a celebrated violinist and her mother, Yolanta Miroshnikova, a first-rate pianist. She started playing the violin aged 5, with her grandfather as her teacher, and then continued her studies with her father at Moscow's Academy of Music. With him, aged 17, she performed in a memorable concert in the Grand Hall at Moscow's Academy of Music, playing Mozart and Bach (the recording went on to become a cult record). Following the untimely death of her father, she continued her studies with Ulf Klausenitzer in Nuremberg and with Saschko Gavrilov in Cologne. She soon became one of the leading musicians of her generation. During a packed concert career, she has performed in Europe, South America and Japan, working with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Russian State Symphonic Orchestra, the Mexico State Symphonic Orchestra, the Santiago de Chile Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Russia, Milan's Orchestra Verdi and the Düsseldorf Sumphoniker. She has also worked with some famed conductors, especially Mtislav Rostropovich, and some great soloists, such as Uto Ughi. In 1996, she was the first musician to receive the Russian Muse Award. In 1997, she won the silver medal at the Henryk Szeryng competition and the following year she was named Artist of the Year in Chile. In 2002, she took part in Paris, at the invitation of Irina Shostakovich, in the In Memoriam concert dedicated to Dmitrij Shostakovich. During four concerts in the 2004-2005 season at Vienna's Kunsthistoriches Museum she played the legendary violin made by Guarneri and once owned by Menuhin (1737). In 2004, at the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, she played in the Tchaikovsky concert in Berlin. During the 2007-2008 season she was a guest performer at the Quirinale concerts in Rome, where the President of Italy was in attendance. In 2008, she received the Sirmione Catullo Prize. In 2009, she played at Palazzo del Campidoglio. At present, Natasha Korsakova plays a violin made in 1843 by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda that is owned by Giovanni Accornero. She spends her time in Germany and Italy. She can speak Russian, German, Italian and Danish and can read in Dutch and Norwegian. Since 2006, she has been the face of Laura Biagiotti, wearing her outfits when she performs.

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