Natalie Schwamova, Biography
Natalie Schwamova (Czech Republic, born August 1999) began to play piano at the age of five. Her biggest success came at the age of 14, in 2014, when she won in the oldest age category for pianists of up to 30 years of age at the Smetana international piano competition. It was the first time in the 50 years history of this competition that someone so young won in this age category.
Childhood and Youth of Schwamova
Natalie began to play piano by ear and improvise at the age of five, showing unparalleled dedication to both practice and performance. With just six years of age she was accepted to Prague School of Music, a school for gifted children, beginning her studies under the guidance of piano professor Libuse Ticha. At the age of 10, she made her orchestral debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, performing the complete Mozart’s Piano Concerto number 20 K. 466. Her biggest success came at the age of 14, in 2014, when she won in the oldest age category for pianists of up to 30 years of age at the Smetana international piano competition. It was the first time in the 50 years history of this competition that someone so young won in this age category.
She studied with concert pianist and composer Pía Sebastiani, renowned professor of the university of Ball State, Indiana, USA, continuing with Professor Milan Langer, the head of the piano department of the Prague conservatoire. Currently she is a student of Professor Frantisek Maly, head of the piano department at the University of Arts in Prague.
She participated in national and international piano competitions with great success wining many first prizes and giving more than 250 concerts in countries around Europe and America with appearances in famous venues such as the Smetana Hall of the municipal house in Prague, the Dvorak hall of the Rudolfinum auditorium, or the auditorium of Law School in Buenos Aires. Czech radio recorded Natalie’s live performance in several occasions and her singularity attracted the attention of specialized critics Frederic Gaussin from France and Carsten Durer from Germany during her performances in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2013.
Natalie performed as a soloist next to the main Czech orchestras, The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, The Pilsen Philharmonic orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra and played under the baton of conductors Enrique Roel, Koji Kawamoto, Marko Ivanovic, Gustavo Guersman, and Jaroslav Brych.
Natalie’s extensive repertoire include several piano concertos, sonatas, and virtuoso pieces from Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Smetana, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and many others that extend her versatility well beyond reasonable expectations.
Passionate, intense, temperamental, with a unique connection to the music, Natalie moves audiences and people from all walks of life with her sensibility and charisma.