“She masters the instrument in an extraordinary way. It is as if such problems as technique, sound palette and interpretation do not exist for her. All of it sounds very convincing” – These were the words about Natalya of one of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century, Evgeniy Svetlanov
She started her musical education aged three, went on to study at a special boarding school for musically inclined children in Lviv, and then continued her musical education at the Lviv Conservatory. She finished postgraduate studies at both the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
She has performed throughout the whole Europe, USA ,Japan, Argentina in the most famous concert halls such as Santory Hall (Tokyo), Berwald Hall (Stockholm), Konserthuset (Stockholm), de Singel (Antwerp), Auditori Winterthur (Barcelona), Musikhalle (Hamburg), Teatro Colon (Buenos-Aires), in all major Polish concert halls, at festivals such as Beethoven-festival and Mozart festival, La Folle Journee, Gdansk Piano Autumn (Poland), Schubertiada (Spain), Palaces of St. Petersburg (Russia). She cooperated with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum (Germany), Orchestre d'Auvergne (France), Philharmonic Orchestra of Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Poznan (Poland), Norrlandsoperan (Sweden) under the direction of such conductors as Michael Zilm, Christopher Hogwood, Evgeniy Svetlanov, Arie van Beck, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marek Mos, B Tommy Andersson, Robert Stehli.
Having a vast repertoire, she does not only perform on a contemporary grand-piano but also elegantly masters historical instruments.
Natalya has made numerous recordings for radio and television (Swedish Radio P2, BBC Radio 3, Belgian and Spanish radio, Swedish television TV4, Polish Radio and TV), and commercial recordings for companies such as BIS Records, NAXOS (Chopin; received 5 stars in Gramophone, Diapason, Svenska Dagbladet), OPUS 111, Pro Musica Camerata, Musicon (Bach, Messiaen; received 5 stars in the magazine “Music of the 21th century”). Her latest CD Consolation - Forgotten Treasures of the Ukrainian Soul (BIS Records) has gotten the highest critical acclaim and was deemed the highlight of the year in German newspaper MittelBayerische.
She is prizewinner of the Fifth Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg (Denmark, 1998), the World Piano Competition in Cincinatti (USA, 1999), and in 2001 she was awarded a special prize at the International Piano Competition Umberto Micheli in Milan, Italy. She has taught at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 2000 she received the prestigious Anders Wall prize, in 2017 she was awarded Stockholm city's culture grant, based on her contribution to Stockholm’s cultural life, and in 2022 she was awarded the Church of Sweden's prestigious cultural stipend for her artistic research project Rethinking the Well-Tempered Clavier.
Natalya is a frequent jury member of different international piano competitions and regularly teaches at masterclasses, and founder of the Ostroh International Chamber Music Course. She is the founder (2014) and Director of the Ukrainian Institute in Sweden and artistic leader of several music festivals over the years (e.g., European Festival: Ukrainian Spring). In June 2021 she received her Doctor of Arts title for her project on George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, and in June 2023 she earned the PhD degree in artistic research at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen for her project Rethinking WTC: A New Interpretation of the Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach.
Natalya Pasichnyk et al. (2016) | BIS records, BIS-2222 SACD
With her new CD ‘Consolation’, NATALYA PASICHNYK, together with well-renowned Swedish artists, opens up Ukrainian classical music to the rest of the world.
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"Natalya Pasichnyk expresses all her love and affection for her native country in a program with meditative and virtuoso pieces. The performances are outstanding" - Pizzicato - Remy Franck's Journal about Classical Music.
"Natalya Pasichnyk is a seasoned accompanist and first-rate solo pianist in her own right /.../ Her tonal shading, phrasing, use of pedal, and expressive touch are exactly what these intimate and forlorn pieces need. All the performances are top-notch" - 5/5 stars at Amazon.com, 4 Feb 2017.
"Consolation keeps high class..." - Svenska dagbladet, 30 Dec 2016.
“The pianist Natalya Pasichnyk impresses with nuanced and harmonious play” — OPUS magasin, March 2017.
— “Pianist Natalya Pasichnyk and friends explore rare gems from the time of Soviet occupation of Ukraine … strong performances.” **** — Elinor Cooper — BBC Music magazine – March 2017
— "A rewarding enounter" - Concerti.de, 3 Jan 2017
— Natalya Pasichnyk [and colleagues] shows the listener the beautiful, melancholic and emotional world of Ukrainian chamber music. /.../ [The recording] invites the listener to a journey into a sound world that is exotic yet strangely familiar" - Mosaik magazine, 16 Nov 2016.
Natalya Pasichnyk (2005) | Musicon, MCD039
"Natalya Pasichnyk is a pianist of dexterity, subtlety and outstanding musicality". - Kacper Miklaszewski.
Five stars in the music magazine Muzika21.
Natalya Pasichnyk, Olga Pasichnyk et al. (2012) | CD Accord, ACD175
Natalya Pasichnyk, Olga Pasichnyk (2010) | NAXOS, 8.572499
"...the sisters turn the disc into an unexpected delight that I urge you to hear" - David Denton, David's Review Corner, November 2010.
"We've had some fine recordings before...but this latest one from Naxos, performed by Ukrainian sisters Olga and Natalya Pasichnyk, may now take pride of place. /.../ Natalya demonstrates she is every bit the accomplished pianist that Olga is a singer " - John Boyer, American Record Guide, March 2011.
"Natalya /.../ follows her sister's every twist and turn with remarkable empathy" - Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone, February 2011.
"Charming performances by Ukrainian soprano Olga Pasichnyk and her sister Natalya on piano". - Lars Hedblad, Svenska Dagbladet, January 2011 (in Swedish)
Natalya & Olga Pasichnyk (2006) | Pro Musica Camerata, Pro Musica Camerata
Natalya & Olga Pasichnyk (2003) | Pro Musica Camerata, PMC 034
Natalya & Olga Pasichnyk (2001) | OPUS111, OPS 30-228
Natalya Pasichnyk etc (2000) | True Track production, TTPCD011