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” (WNED public radio host, Peter Hall). Recent recitals include appearances in the Czech Republic, Chicago, New York City, and Washington State, and concerto performances of works by Schumann, Haydn and Martinů.
Natasha Farny was the recipient of an Encore Grant from the American Composer’s Forum in 2010. Resulting performances included concerts at New York City’s Bargemusic “Here and Now” Series and at the Buffalo “Friends of Vienna” series.
As a member of the new music trio ANA, Natasha Farny works actively with living composers. In residence at SUNY Fredonia, the soprano-cello-piano collaboration has performed in Erie, Buffalo, Rochester and Boston. 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 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.