Natasha (artistically known as Aksuna) is a Melbourne concert pianist who is passionate in exploring the intersection between music and wellbeing. She is well-known for possessing a wide spectrum in her touch, ranging from a fiery fierceness to a delicate sensitivity, and her technical ability to bring out the emotive and imaginative depth of the instrument.
Her background as an award-winning concert pianist has taken her to perform actively around Australia, most notably at the Sydney Town Hall, The Melbourne Edge, National Gallery of Victoria and the Government House of Victoria. As a performer, she is most passionate in collaborative projects, and has performed with numerous community orchestras such as the Ku-Rin-Gai Philharmonic, the Melbourne Lawyers Orchestra and the Australian Asian Orchestra, the latter whom premiered her work, Ghost. Natasha is also a pianist of the eclectic 6-piano Project.
A recipient of several honourary prizes, scholarships and competition awards, Aksuna obtained her Masters in Music from The University of Melbourne with first-class honours in 2013. Since graduation, she was a finalist in the 2014 Australian National Piano Award and, in the following year, was approached by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations for a Unity Project. Her music has been broadcasted nationally on ABC Classic FM, 2MBS and 3MBS, and is known for its passionate energy, riveting imagery and sensitivity in connecting with the essence of the music, descriptions that go beyond what is seen on stage and felt as traits of who she is as a musician.
With years of performing and teaching experiences, Aksuna is currently expanding her passion in creating accessible, quality music experiences for community wellbeing. In 2016 she was the Artistic Director of the Friends of Music Series and has facilitated workshops, seminars and community groups in raising awareness to the power of music as a wellbeing essential. In 2018 she was accredited as a Registered Music Therapist, from which she will continue to explore the intersection between music and wellbeing. She recently returned from the United Stated in 2018 after receiving further training as a peacebuilder in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding.
Aksuna is currently working on her album, and samples of the music can be found here. Stay tuned.