American cellist Natasha Farny performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Her playing has been described with the terms “beauty and strength” (Buffalo News), “eloquence” (Sunday Post-Journal) and “music … with dozens of subtle flavors” (Facebook post from WNED host, Peter Hall). Recent cello sonata collaborations brought her to the Czech Republic for sonata recitals in Prague and neighboring cities as part of the International Dvorak Society’s American Spring Festival. Natasha Farny was the recipient of an Encore Grant from the American Composer’s Forum, which supported several performances of Scott Wheeler’s Spirit Geometry for cello and piano. In New York, she has performed sonata recitals in Brooklyn at Bargemusic’s “Here and Now” Series and at the Buffalo “Friends of Vienna” series. Other frequent chamber music concerts include live radio broadcasts in Chicago and Rochester, NY.
In addition to new music for cello and piano, Natasha Farny is a member of the ANA trio, which commissions new music for soprano, cello and piano. The trio is in residence at SUNY Fredonia, has performed in Fredonia, Buffalo and Boston, and is currently building repertoire by living composers. Recent performances have reached across the disciplines to include visual art and dance.
As a soloist, Natasha Farny has appeared with the Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Greeley Symphony Orchestra, as well as regional orchestras in Fredonia and Orchard Park, NY and Erie, PA. Her performance with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra of the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto is on Youtube. She has also appeared as a Theremin Cellist in collaboration with the new music groups Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta in several major European festivals and with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Lincoln Center Festival, performing Edgard Varèse’s rarely heard Ecuatorial.
After pursuing undergraduate studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University, Natasha Farny earned a Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School. After her studies at Juilliard, she spent a year in Leipzig, Germany studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,” under a fully-funded stipend from Citibank. She studied under the tutelage of Ronald Feldman, Orlando Cole, Stephen Doane, Joel Krosnick, and Harvey Shapiro.
Natasha Farny is Associate Professor of Cello at the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia. She has been honored there with several awards, including grants from the Faculty Student Association and the United University Professions, as well as the William T. and Charlotte N. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award for outstanding artistic performance. At Fredonia, in addition to teaching private cello, she coordinates the string chamber music program and oversees the Fredonia Cello Choir.