Natalia Loresch was born into a family of musicians in Russia and received her first piano lessons from her mother, continuing with Valentina Nikiforova, a student of Olga Kalantarova who was herself a student and assistant of Anna Yessipova. At the age of eight she began playing on stage and had a solo performance in the Glinka Chapel in St Petersburg three years later. In 1995 the family emigrated to Germany and Natalia became a pupil of Prof. Conrad Hansen in Hamburg. In 2000 she entered the Universität der Künste (formerly Hochschule der Künste) in Berlin to study with Prof. Pascal Devoyon and graduated with a Diplom (conservatory degree) in solo piano performance.
Natalia first came to London in 2006, where she continued her studies in solo piano performance with Piers Lane and Kathryn Stott as well as harpsichord with Virginia Black and clavichord with Terence Charlston on the MMus programme at the Royal Academy of Music. She has taken part in masterclasses with Dang Thai Son, Rainer Becker, Christopher Elton, Felix Gottlieb, Stanislav Pochekin, Oxana Yablonskaya, Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies, Bernard d’Ascoli, Victor Rosenbaum, Kenneth Gilbert, Julian Jacobson and Stephen Savage and has also had lessons with Lilya Silberstein, Hartmut Rohde, Daniel Hoexter, Michael Dussek and Michael Roll.
Natalia has won prizes at several competitions including the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition where she won the first and the Sir Philip Ledger Prize in 2007. She has also been the recipient of the Oscar und Vera Ritter Scholarship, the Paul Hindemith Scholarship, the Myra Hess Award and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Award.
Natalia has given soloist and chamber music performances in the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Summer Festival Sommerfestspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Philharmonie Berlin performing a Mozart Concerto, the Warehouse in London playing with the Manson Ensemble, the Messiaen South Bank Festival 2008 in London and she also appeared in St. John’s Smith Square playing the Schumann Concerto in November 2007. She is constantly expanding her repertoire, exploring contemporary music with interest, working in different chamber music groups and is also pursuing her interest in musicology which lead her to completing another masters in historical musicology at Royal Holloway University of London.
Within the realms of academia, Natalia has given papers on various aspects of music theory and piano performance at the IMR Interconnections Conference and the RMA Postgraduate Student Conference and a lecture recital at RAM juxtaposing performances of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier on the piano, harpsichord and clavichord. A review was published in Early Music, Oxford University Press. The research focused on Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, German Baroque music theory and 20th-century pianism in the light of cultural studies.
Natalia has also pursued a range of other interests such as Baroque music theory, composition, playing the violin, recorder and flute, languages, literature, philosophy, comparative religion, poetry, photography and writing. A few earlier pictures are on a blog on https://natashaloresch.wordpress.com/ and some more recent updates could be found on Flickr on https://www.flickr.com/photos/natashaloresch/.
Please visit the page www.natalialoresch.com for more information.
(After winning the Hastings International Concerto Competition)