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Natalya Vagner : Associate Artist

Music of the mind and soul to inspire and nurture.

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Natalya Vagner

Composer, Pianist, Music Teacher.

Education: Master of Music in Composition (The University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Music (The Australian Catholic University), Diploma in Education (The University of Melbourne). Member of Melbourne Composers League since 2013.

Natalya Vagner, originally from Kazakhstan, moved to Melbourne in 1998. She trained as a pianist, teacher, and educator and completed her Masters in Composition at The University of Melbourne under Stuart Greenbaum and Julian Yu.

Am Member of the Melbourne Composers League, Natalya dedicates her time to writing music for small chamber ensembles, string orchestra, mandolin orchestra, as well as art songs and choral works.

Her works have been performed in Melbourne, Canberra, Manila (at the International Asian Composers League 33rd conference in 2015), Hanoi (at the International Asian Composers League 34th in 2016), in France (at the Music festival in the French Pyrenees in 2017) and in Russia at the International Music Festival in Kazan, in 2017 and Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2018, New Zealand by Auckland Chamber Orchestra in 2019 and at 'Mona' gallery Tasmania by one of the best Australian pianists Michael Kieran Harvey. Her orchestral composition 'The Eagle Flight' was performed numerous times in 2019 by the Dandenong Ranges Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Tatarstan in Kazan, also got the Honorable Mention at the Victorian Community Orchestras competition.

In 2020, Natalya was invited to a 'Winter Music School' in Moscow Music Conservatory to further develop her composition 'The Secret Life of Corals' with Prof. Alexander Tchaikovsky.

She likes to explore and experiment with different textures in sound and is interested in the power between music and nature; music and mind; music and spirituality.

Natalya is also passionately committed to creating and offering musical opportunities to local communities. She leads several community music groups including children's choir, adult choir, and organizers annual local music festival in Port Melbourne.

'Her compositions indicates the presence of influences ranging from Prokofiev and Debussy, Satie and Reich through Minimalist techniques to the sensibilities and chordings of the Jazz world.' Natalya's works capture a variety of 'moods' in a range of styles and have a clear and constant singularity of the individual style of her music.

Prof. Roger Hillman

Compositions and Performances

2020 'Music for cheeky children' series of 5 educational books for piano and children of primary age.

2020 January 'Winter School' at Moscow Music Conservatorium together with Prof. Alexander Tchaikovsky, developing new work 'The Secret Life of Corals' for the full orchestra.

2020 December, 'Wallum' for String Orchestra performed by 'Margamarga' orchestra in Chile at the International Music Festival and was broadcast in several cities.

2019 'The Human Progress' triptych for piano, was commissioned by Melbourne Composers League for Michael Kieran Harvey, premiered and played by M.K. Harvey at 'Mona' gallery Tasmania on 24th of November.

2019 'The Eagle Flight' for chamber orchestra was commissioned and premiered in Kazan, Tatarstan by the National Orchestra of Tatarstan at the International Music Festival, on September 24th

2019 'Wallum' for string orchestra, was commissioned and premiered in Auckland by ACO, 10th February 2019, Auckland. Also was commissioned and premiered by the Dandenong Ranges Orchestra 10th of August and was awarded a second prize at the Victorian Orchestras competition in September 2019.

2018 'Wallum' for Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, performed on 29th July at the 'Tivoli' Club, Melbourne

2017 'Terra Solis Australis', for two violins and a piano, commissioned and premiered at the French Pyrenees Festival, 29th of July.

2017 'Terra Sollis Australis' for piano, clarinet, and violin, commissioned performed at the 'Europe Asia' music festival, in Tatarstan, Kazan, 24th October.

2016 'The Ride to a crescent moon' for piano, oboe, violin, flute, and dan bau. Was commissioned and premiered at the 34th International Asian Composers Conference in Vietnam, Hanoi.

2015 'Breath' for piano and Soprano, performed at 33rd International Asian Composers Conference in Manila, Philippines.

*'Dreams' for Piano and Flute. Recorded at 'Bass' studio, South Melbourne, performed at various concerts.

*'Shy' -Art song, commissioned by Sian Prior, for piano and Soprano, based on her book.

2014 'Heart Chakra' piano and synthesizer. Recorded at 'Bass' studio, South Melbourne.

2013 September 'Two ways road' for keyboard and mixed media, computer, commissioned by Rachel Rovay (the Artist) for her exhibition.

2013 'The Love Poem' for Piano, Flute, Violin, Tenor, and Soprano. Performed at Melbourne Composers League.

2012 'Gentle Love' for Flute and Piano, performed at St Silas Church, Albert Park.

2010 'The Story of my dad' for Piano, Trombone, and Double Bass. Performed at Melbourne University.

2009 'Songs for a Changing Planet', for small ensemble: Piano, Violin, Flute, Trombone, Accordion, Percussion, SATB. Based on Michael Leunig's poetry, Melba Hall Melbourne University.

2006 'Turtle Dreaming' for Viola, Flute, and Harp, performed at Deakin Federation Square Melbourne.

2006 'Small Towns' for SATB choir. Performed by Australian Catholic University Choir.

2005 Collection of art Songs for Piano and Soprano. Performed at the J.Wright Festival Canberra.

2002 'The Australian Symphony of Light', 'Swept Away', 'Ascending', 'Eucalyptus Rivers', short works for piano and synthesizer, written in collaboration with N. Arnold.


Natalya Vagner — current to January 2021

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Wallum : an Indigenous name for a tropical part of Australian land (2018) Commissioned by by Luis Jose Recart and the Marga Marga Orchestra in Chile, to perform at the 'Puente' 2020 International Music Festival.
Digital sheet music sample The Human Progress (solo piano) (2018) Commissioned by Melbourne Composers' League for performance by Michael Kieran Harvey.
Digital sheet music sample Terra Solis Australis : 'Australian Sun' for two Violins and Piano (2017) Commissioned by Ala and Guerassim Voronkov for the 21st French Festival in French Pyrenees in Saillagous, 2017
Digital sheet music sample Turtle Dreaming : for harp, flute and viola (2005) Commissioned by Johanna Selleck.