Dr. Natasha Farny

Dr. Natasha Farny

Dr. Natasha Farny


Violoncello, Music Performance

Mason Hall 3156


D.M.A., The Juilliard School


I am a cellist and teacher. I received degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (Dipl.), Yale University (B.A. Humanities), Eastman School of Music (M.M., Perf. Certificate) and The Juilliard School (D.M.A). I currently perform with several chamber music groups, play as a soloist, and give masterclasses. In the summer, I teach at the Sewanee (TN) Summer Music Festival, the Brancaleoni (Italy) International Music Festival, and the Fredonia String Camp.

Teaching Interests

My main focus is teaching upper level cello lessons, studio and technique classes, however I also enjoy coaching chamber music to small groups and teaching younger advanced pupils.

Research Interests

My CD of French cello music, with pianist Jitka Frankova, was released on the Centaur Label in January 2020. I have studied in depth the music of Kaija Saariaho, Beethoven, and performed throughout Europe on the rare Theremin Cello. Newer interests include deepening my knowledge and teaching ability of Baroque style and embellishment, and expanding the general public's awareness of women composers. Along with Professor Eliran Avni, I have recently launched the Ekstasis Duo which performs music for cello and piano. www.ekstasisduo.com

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 Summer Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, Fredonia College Foundation (2020).
  • Individual Development Award, UUP (2020).
  • Avaloch Farm Music Institute Residency, Avaloch Farm (2017).
  • Professional Development Award for Teaching & Learning, SUNY Fredonia Professional Development Center (2015).
  • Encore Grant, American Composers Forum (2011).
  • Hagan Young Scholar Award, SUNY Fredonia (2010).
  • Individual Development Award, UUP (2008).
  • Scholarly Incentive Award, SUNY Fredonia (2007).

Current Research

  • Women's Voices

Intellectual Contributions

  • "French Cello Music," Centaur Records (N/A).


  • Ekstasis and Friends: Chamber Music at the Huntington Library. Ekstasis Duo and Friends, Huntington Library, Huntington Library (2020).
  • Reves Extatiques: French Songs and Vocalises. Ekstasis Duo and Friends, Bob and Betty Young, Merkin Hall (2020).


  • "Women in Music," Music Appreciation Class (2020).