Natasha vlassenko

artistic director

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Natasha Vlassenko is the daughter of Lev Vlassenko.  She is a graduate of Moscow Central Music School under Eleonora Musaelyan. She studied in the Moscow Conservatory under the famous pianist and teacher Yakov Flier.  She began her artistic career as a soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. She commenced her pedagogic activities as a piano teacher in the Central Music School.

In 1977, she won third prize at the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. In 1985, she went on to win third prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy.

Natasha now lives in Brisbane and is Head of Keyboard at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Many of her students have become prizewinners of national and international competitions and professors in music high schools in the United States, Ireland and Australia.

In 1999, Vlassenko and her husband Oleg Stepanov co-founded the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in memory of her father Lev Vlassenko.  They fulfil the role today of Artistic Directors of the Competition and help preserve the continuity and quality of the Competition and guide its artistic direction and emphasis.

Natasha has performed in Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Japan, New Zealand, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries. She has performed under the batons of many conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Karl Österreicher, Karl Martin, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Verbitsky, Richard Hickox, Edvard Tchivzhel, Veronika Dudarova and John Curro.