One of the most multifaceted and remarkable performers of her time, violinist Natalia Demina is based in Germany and performs all over the world. Audiences in different countries are captivated by her striking and original creativity and technical mastery.
Natalia Demina was born in Moscow into a musical family. She began studying violin at the age of four with Elizabeth Gilels, later attending the Central Music School at Moscow State Conservatory (with T.A. Ryzhkova and Prof. S.I. Kravchenko) and graduating from the Moscow State Conservatory (with Prof. S.I. Kravchenko). In 2000, she was admitted to the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany to study violin (with Prof. P. Daniel) and baroque violin (with S. Schardt). During her studies, she received scholarships from the New Names Fund (Russia), Villa Musica Foundation (Germany), and Gounod Foundation (Switzerland). On the invitation of Prof. Habib Kayaleh she attended courses at his Violin Academy in Geneva.
Natalia first began to show interest in various musical genres and violin playing styles early in her development as an artist. She attended masterclasses on contemporary music performance in Darmstadt (Germany), the Ensemble Modern Academy in Schwaz and Impulse in Graz (both in Austria). Natalia studied baroque violin with Simon Standage, among others, and string quartet performance with Mikhail Kapelman (Borodin Quartet), Andreas Reiner (Rosamunde Quartett), and Peter Buck (Melos Quartet).
The violinist gave her first solo concert with symphonic orchestra at the age of 11 in Moscow under the baton of V. Dudarova. Since then, Natalia has performed not only in Europe, but in Brazil, China and Japan, and she currently gives about 70 concerts a year.
Natalia has also actively participated in music competitions, winning three international competitions.
She performs on world-class stages, including the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Liederhalle in Hamburg, the Glockenhalle in Bremen, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, and many others. The violinist actively performs all around Germany, in cities such as Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Hamburg, Hannover, Bremen, Berlin, Rostock, Schwerin, and others.
Natalia’s broad repertoire comprises over 40 concertos for violin and orchestra, and a variety of solo and chamber music programs. She has performed under conductors such as V. Dudarova, V. Fedoseyev, P. Eötvös, E. Poppe, F. Ollu, H. Beissel, F. Cramer.
Natalia has participated in major international festivals, including the Schwarzwald Music Festival, Obersdorfer Musiksommer, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Oleg Kagan Music Festival in Kreuth, Ruhrtriennale, Musikfest Berlin (Germanz), Klangspuren (Schwaz, Austria), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Festival del Mediterrani (Valencia).
The violinist has also participated in projects of the New Names Fund, which included solo performances in the Vatican and the UN. Natalia collaborates with the Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Bonn and Frankfurt, giving both solo and chamber music performances. The renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy has invited Natalia on his solo tour, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, to the UK, Scotland and Poland.
Natalia often performs with various ensembles and has shared the stage with the likes of Nigel Kennedy, Stefan Schardt, Florian Deuter, Daniel Hayes, Pavel Serbin, Nazar Kozhukhar, and Sergey Kravchenko.
In 2006, she founded the only quartet in Germany focused on performing musicals, and the group enjoyed far-reaching success and participated in major festivals. In 2014, Natalia founded the MOS duo together with her classmate Olga Andruschenko. They perform all over Europe to great acclaim.
Natalia actively collaborates with contemporary composers, including Hans Werner Henze, Enno Poppe, Beat Furrer, Wolfgang Rihm, Helmut Lachenmann, Stefan Heucke, Lutz-Werner Hesse, and many others. Together with a young composer from Gelsenkirchen, Natalia organized RheinRuhrModern, a regular concert series featuring the music of composers from that region in Germany. Several composers from Germany and the Netherlands dedicated their works to Natalia.
The violinist has recorded for radio and television in Russia and Germany, as well as the ensemble CD “Broadway for strings” with My 4 Ladies quartet (2008) for the German label Sound of Music and the solo CD “Violin power” released on musikworks (2013).
Natalia has been teaching violin in the Music School of Krefeld, Germany since 2010. Many of her students have won youth competitions in Germany and go on to study in prestigious conservatories in Berlin, Cologne, Essen and other cities. She regularly teaches masterclasses in Germany and is on the jury of the German national competitions “Jugend musiziert” in Oberhausen and “Osterklassik” in Hamburg. She has developed her own violin method to teach children to play starting from the age of three.
In 2016, the violinist began working with the Artistage management agency.
Natalia Demina plays the Maggini model violin, made by Jean-Baptiste in 1863.