Oberlin Conservatory - B.M.
New York City native Natasha Gwirceman is a soloist, collaborator, and teacher. She gave her recital debut at age twelve in Merkin Concert Hall, and her concerto debut at age thirteen in Italy. She has won several competitions and performed in venues throughout Europe, as well as venues such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and Steinway Hall in New York. Natasha is deeply committed to chamber music and collaborative work, and has performed with musicians trained at schools such as Yale, NEC, and Oberlin. Contemporary music is also a central part of her solo and ensemble repertoire. She has worked directly with composers such as Michael Gordon and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and performed in concerts for the contemporary music collective Bang on a Can. She also believes that classical music must step outside of traditional concert halls to truly be accessible to all parts of society, and performs at schools, museums, hospitals, and retirement communities. As a teacher, Natasha was recently awarded Oberlin’s Carol Nott Prize for outstanding continued study in piano pedagogy. She has held a private teaching studio since 2016, teaching piano and chamber music to college students as well as members of her local communities. She also held positions as a teaching assistant and collaborative pianist at the Oberlin Community Music School from 2016-2020. Her teaching philosophy is built around enjoying music at all levels of playing and helping each student discover their own unique style, while also incorporating aspects of technique building, body awareness, and theoretical knowledge. She has worked with students ranging in age from early childhood through adulthood, at levels anywhere from complete beginners to conservatory level pianists. Natasha is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received her BM in piano and BA in mathematics. Her main teachers have been Angela Cheng and Elena Leonova, and in fall 2020 she will begin her graduate studies with Ursula Oppens.