Nataliya Medvedovskaya is an award-winning composer, concert pianist, and songwriter, whose compositions are hailed as "significant, amazing, dramatic" (Los Angeles Times). Nataliya’s piano performances are noted for their “brilliance, dexterity and incredible dynamic control” (New York Stringer Magazine). A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, with a double major in composition and piano performance, she moved to New York City in 2003. She won First Prizeat the 1995 International Composers’ Competition of the Gartow Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia); Second Prize as a composer at the International Competition "Golden Channukia"(Berlin, 2005); "Best Classical Composition" and “Best Instrumentalist” from Indie Music Channel (Hollywood, 2015); Honorable Mention in the 14th BillboardSong Contest; Honorable Mention in the 2007 "Song of the Year" International Song Contest; Honorable Mention in the 11th Unisong International Song Contest; Honor Award at the 2006 Great American Song Contest; and Honorable Award for musicality and deep understanding of music at the "Young Virtuosi" International Piano Competition (Chechia, 1989), among others.
Nataliya recently had a World Premiere of her epic orchestral piece called, “Red Revolution in the Air” performed by Siberian State Symphony Orchestra in Russia (Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall, 2017). She had a World Premiere of her commissioned 2-hour length orchestral ballet based on the "Adventures of Nils" fairytale (Maryland, 2014). Her String Quartet # 1 was performed by St. Petersburg Quartet at Mohawk Trial Concerts (MA, 2006), Summer Mountain Festival (2005), Edinburgh Festival of Art, Music, and Animation (Scotland, 1997) as well as in Yale University, Merkin Hall and many other concert venues throughout USA and abroad. The piece was broadcast by WQXRinternationally and honorably acclaimed in the Washington Post, LA Times, "St. Paul Edition", "Kalamazoo Gazette", and "Charleston Daily Mail".
Nataliya’s "First Snow" for oboe, bassoon, violin and piano was performed by Poulenc Trio at the "Wall to Wall Behind the Wall" International Festival (Symphony Space, NY, 2010), An Die Music Series (MD, 2009), and was broadcast by "Classical Music Discovery" radiostation (2015). Her String Quartet # 2 was performed at Albuquerque Music Festival (NM, 2007), in the Museum of Fine Arts (FL, 2007), and at the Chamber America Conference (New York, NY, 2007). Her humorous “Pantomimes” suite for clarinet and piano was premierred at the International Clarinet Convention (GA, 2006). In 2004 she composed and recorded three soundtracks for the American Film "I Will Avenge You, Iago!". She was recently chosen to be a part of the Society of Composers and Lyricists’s prestigious New York Film Program.
Her piano performances were favorably reviewed at www.nyconcertreview.com and in New York Stringer Magazine. She played a piano part of 21 Rachmaninoff songs for mezzo-soprano and piano on a Mapleshade RecordsCD-release (2006). She is playing concerts in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, Steinway Piano Center, Bechstein Pianos, Liederkranz Concert Hall, Di Menna Center for classical music, Tenri Cultural Institute, National Opera Center, and other venues. She plays as a soloist and ensemblist at the “Master Works” and “Here and Now” concert series in Bargemusic. Her repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to contemporary music of living composers as well as her own compositions.
Born in Germany, Julia Meynert started playing the violin at the age of 5. When she was 14, her whole family moved to Mannheim so Julia could continue her musical education at the Music University of Mannheim with Prof. Roman Nodel (2000-2006). From 2006-2010 she studied at the Vienna Conservatory in the class of Prof. Pavel Vernikov. While living and studying in Vienna, Julia also studied at the "Scuola di Musica di Fiesole" in Italy with Pavel Vernikov (2005-2007) and at the "Scuola di Musica di Mantova" with Oleksandr Semchuk (2007-2008), commuting between Austria and Italy. After moving to New York in 2010, she studied with Prof.Yi-Wen Jiang from the Shanghai Quartet and Prof.Masao Kawasaki. Julia performed in Germany, Austria, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, U.S., Ukraine and France. As a soloist she played with the "Philharmonic Orchestra of Baden-Baden", the "KKO orchestra" (Kurpfaelzisches Kammerorchester"), the "Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kiev" and the "Jackson Heights Orchestra". The concert halls where Julia performed include the Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, the "Golden Hall" of the "Musikverein" in Vienna (Austria), NJPAC, the "Thuermer Hall" in Bochum (Germany), the "Shevchenko Theatre" in Chernigov (Ukraine), the "Cultural Centre" in Belgrade (Serbia), the "Milwaukee Theatre" and others.
Julia served as a judge at the following music competitions: The "Olympic Challenge Competition" (March 2012, Carnegie Hall), the "Crescendo Competition" (Dec2013, Carnegie Hall), and the "Junior Peace and Music Ambassador Competition" (March- April 2018, Steinway, NY). Julia Meynert took part in master classes with : Aaron Rosand, Zahar Bron, Dora Schwarzberg, Arnold Steinhardt ,Shmuel Ashkenazi , Salvatore Accardo, Mauricio Fuchs, Christoph Wergzyn, Rainer Kussmaul, Julian Rachlin, Boris Kucharsky, Thomas Brandis, Oleksandr Semchuk, Roman Nodel, Yi-Wen Jiang, Weigang Li, Honggang Li, Peter Wiley, Nicholas Tzavaras, Alexander Vinnitsky, Ulf Hoelscher, Amiram Ganz ,Cho-Liang Lin , Pavel Vernikov, and Viktor Tretjakov. She performs in a concert scene with pianist Riko Higuma in the movie "Love is Strange" by Ira Sachs which includes Hollywood actors Marisa Thomei, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. In July 2013 Julia Meynert was invited to perform at the renowned "Lockenhaus Festival” in Austria. Julia was the violin faculty at "The Performing Arts Conservatory of New York" from 2014-2017 and " The Palisades School of Music" in NJ from 2012-2017. In Feb.and April 2017, Julia performed at the radio station "Las Tres Jotas" in New York with pianist Riko Higuma. She also regularly performs with pianist Gerald Robbins. In summer 2017, film producer Alexander Newekla shot the documentary "Time" about Julia and Mr.Robbins in Austria, where they perform works by Kreisler, Grieg, Beethoven, Schumann and R.Strauss.