American cellist, Natasha Farny studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale
College during her undergraduate years. After completing her master's and doctoral
degrees at the Eastman School of Music and at the Juilliard School, she received a
fellowship at the Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy."
She has been on the School of Music faculty at The State University of New York at
Fredonia since 2005. At 17 and 18, she won three Boston-based concerto competitions
with the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 and the Dvorak Concerto, resulting in performances
with both the Boston Symphony and the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Farny was also a concerto winner while studying at Juilliard, where she performed
Dutilleux's Tout un Monde Lointain with Robert Spano. More recent performances have included concertos with the Buffalo
Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, and the Greeley Symphony Orchestra, as well as
with the Longwood (Boston) Symphony, Orchard Park (NY) Symphony, Erie Chamber Orchestra,
and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra.
Abroad, Ms. Farny performed at the International Dvorak Society American Spring Festival
in the Czech Republic in 2011, and she toured Brazil, giving concerts of two programs
in four capital cities in 2013. Nationally, she played for audiences in New York City
at the Bargemusic "Here and Now" series, at Chicago public radio "Live from WFMT,"
Rochester, NY public radio "Live from Hochstein", and at recital series in Rhode Island,
North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, and Washington State. Ms. Farny was a 2012 winner
of the American Composers Forum "Encore Grant." She learned to play the Theremin cello
for a project that involved the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta,
and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Her performances with these groups of
Edgard Varèse's rarely heard Ecuatorial were held at the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d'Automne (Paris), the Southbank
Centre (London), and at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City. Ms. Farny frequently
performs with Chicago pianist, Kuang-Hao Huang and also with the members of her trio,
ANA. In residence at Fredonia, the soprano-cello-piano collaboration works actively
with living composers. They have performed in Erie, Buffalo, Rochester and Boston,
reaching across the disciplines to include visual art and dance.
In addition to her cello studio at Fredonia, Ms. Farny oversees the Fredonia cello
choir and coordinates the string chamber music. She has been honored at Fredonia with
several awards, including grants from the Faculty Student Association and the United
University Professions, as well as the Hagan Young Scholar Artist Award for outstanding
artistic performance. In 2012, Ms. Farny participated in an international teaching
exchange, which resulted in her giving lessons and classes at the Musikgymnasium Schloss
Belvedere and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Lisztin Weimar, Germany. She has given
numerous master classes and participated in summer music festivals in Sewanee (TN),
Boulder (CO), Anchorage (AK), and Sweden (ME).