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
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.