CONCERT PIANIST/ TEACHER/ ACCOMPANIST/ VOCAL COACH/ COMPOSER
Doctor of Musical Arts:
St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia
Michigan State University, USA
Native of Russia, Natalia Tokar completed her Master’s and Doctoral studies (Aspirantura) at the prestigious Saint-Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Russia with special emphasis in solo and collaborative piano, pedagogy, and harpsichord. In 2014 she was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University, USA. She studied primarily with Prof. Nadezhda Eismont and Prof. Deborah Moriarty.
Natalia Tokar made a solo debut at the age of 17 with Kaliningrad Philharmonic. Since that time, she has been actively performing as soloist and collaborator in Russia, The United States and Hong Kong including performances in St. Petersburg Glazunov and Philharmonic Halls, Carnegie Hall (Weil Recital Hall), and Hong Kong City Hall. She has received awards and honors from several competitions and conferences. As an active collaborative pianist and coach, she has worked for numerous festivals and competitions: The International Week of Conservatories, International Competition of Opera singers “Saint-Petersburg” (Russia), NATS, Opera North, W. Byrd competition (USA), to name a few. She has also worked for several universities as a collaborative pianist and instructor including, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Northern Iowa and Michigan State University, as well as the Mariinsky Theater of Opera and Ballet and St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.
Since moving to Hong Kong in 2014, Natalia has regularly appeared in concert programs organized by Hong Kong Musica Viva, HKUST Music Alive, Musica del Coure, written articles and given public speeches on the matter of music pedagogy, taught master-classes and served as a judge for local piano competitions.
Natalia is a founder of the Russian Sound Music Academy in Hong Kong – music education center which offers an intensive training based on fundamentals of Russian pedagogical method. At the moment, she also serves as a senior instructor at the Parsons Music Academy and a consultant at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.