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Natasha Tarasova

Staff Accompanist - Dance Dance - JCA
Natasha Tarasova

Natasha Tarasova received her Master of Music degree from the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad (now Saint-Petersburg) State Conservatory in Russia in 1983. Her specializations include piano performance, chamber ensemble, accompanying, and piano pedagogy.

Mrs. Tarasova came to the US in 2013 and works for Butler Dance Department since January 2014. She plays for Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Character Dance, and Classical Variations classes. She also does accompanying for Butler University School of Music, both for instrumentalists and vocalists. In August 2015 and August 2017, she played for Cholewa–Ruffo Ballet Workshop. Besides her involvement at Butler University, Natasha works for Expressenz Dance School, and often plays for ballet auditions. Since 2014, she has been invited every year to play for the Youth America Grand Prix competition in Carmel, Indiana.

Most of Natasha's professional career came in Russia. She taught piano at Music college, and played piano duets and chamber music for more than 20 years. She also worked for a long time with young vocalists. Many of her students of all years became winners of national and international competitions for young musicians. At those competitions, Natasha herself was awarded several prizes as the best accompanist.

Natasha lived with her family for three years in Japan where she taught piano and played charity recitals herself and in ensembles with instrumentalists and vocalists, including performances in favour of people affected by Great Hanshin earthquake in Kobe, and children with cancer.

In piano pedagogy, Mrs. Tarasova proposed together with her colleague Irina Griffina a new method of teaching sight-reading (a prima vista) of piano music, and got a grant from the Committee for Musical Education of the Government of St.Petersburg, Russia, to publish a textbook. This textbook is widely used for teaching in Russia.