Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Natalia Badziak is a graduate of the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where she completed Bachelor’s degrees in viola performance and comparative literature, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she completed her Master’s degree. She has been a student of Dimitri Murrath, Peter Slowik and Roland Vamos. Natalia has taught both violin and viola for seven years in music schools, privately, and through conservatory preparatory departments to students of all ages.
Natalia has attended many music festivals including the International Ensemble Modern Academy and Spoleto Festival USA, and has performed in ensembles such as SF Sound, the San Francisco Contemporary Players, and in a piano quintet through Lincoln Center Stage. An avid chamber performer, she has twice performed alongside the Kronos Quartet in their “Fifty for the Future” initiative and has performed in a masterclass for Kim Kashkashian. She particularly enjoys playing contemporary music and commissioned several new works for the viola that involve experimental techniques.
As a teacher, Natalia is dedicated to helping each student develop an individual voice at their own pace; she focuses on developing an organic, resonant and free sound through the release of physical and mental tension. Natalia finds it especially rewarding to watch her students grow over time and believes that music lessons are essentially collaborations in storytelling and communication.