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LIVE from WRTI's Performance Studio: Pianist Natalia Kazaryan Plays Astral Recital Highlights

Ryan Brandenberg
Pianist Natalia Kazaryan

Her concerts have earned her praise for her "prodigious ability" (The New York Sun) and "lyrical and beautiful" playing (Classical Post). Astral Artist Natalia Kazaryan visits WRTI on Friday, December 13th at 12:10 PM to play works by Boulanger, Messiaen, Bacewicz, and Ravel. Susan Lewis is host.

Watch the performance LIVE on WRTI's Facebook page.

Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Natalia Kazaryan has been performing since the age of 7, when she appeared as soloist with the Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra. She's won top prizes in numerous international competitions, and was a winner of Astral's 2016 National Auditions.

At WRTI, she'll perform highlights of her Astral recital program, which takes place on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3 PM in Benjamin Franklin Hall at the American Philosophical Society at 427 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

WRTI Program:

Lili Boulanger:  D'un Vieux Jardin, movement no. 1, from Three Pieces for Piano

Olivier Messiaen: Regard de l'Esprit de joie, movement no. 10, from Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Je?sus

Maurice Ravel: Ondine, movement no. 1, from Gaspard de la nuit

Gra?yna Bacewicz: Toccata, movement no. 3,  from Piano Sonata No. 2

More about Natalia Kazaryan:

Growing up in the Republic of Georgia, Natalia was a student in the preparatory division of Tbilisi Music Conservatory. She later studied at The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, and Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.

A Fulbright Grant recipient, she was a top prizewinner at the Eastman Young Artists International, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin, and the New York piano competitions, as well as the Concours FLAME and Concours international de piano d'Ile de France.

She currently serves on the adjunct piano faculty at Howard University and was recently appointed as a board member of the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Her program of all women composers at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery was named "one of the best classical concerts of the summer 2019" (Washington Post).

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.