Natalia TOKAR, piano
Native of Russia, Natalia Tokar completed her Master’s and Doctoral studies (Aspirantura) at the prestigious Saint-Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Russia with special emphasis in solo and collaborative piano, pedagogy, and harpsichord. In 2014 she was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University, USA, where she focused on solo performance, vocal coaching and accompanying. She studied primarily with Prof. Nadezhda Eismont and Prof. Deborah Moriarty.
Ms. Tokar made her debut with Kaliningrad Philharmonic in 1998. Since that time, she has been actively performing as soloist and collaborator in Russia, The United States and Hong Kong including performances in St. Petersburg Glazunov and Philharmonic Halls, Carnegie Hall (Weil Recital Hall), and Hong Kong City Hall. She has received awards and honors from several competitions and conferences. As an active collaborative pianist and coach she has worked for numerous festivals and competitions: The International Week of Conservatories, International Competition of Opera singers “Saint-Petersburg” (Russia), NATS, Opera North, W. Byrd competition (USA), to name a few. She has also worked for several universities as a collaborative pianist and instructor including, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Northern Iowa and Michigan State University, as well as the Mariinsky Theater of Opera and Ballet and St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Natalia Tokar recorded Schumann’s Enigma, an album of sonatas for violin and piano by Robert Schumann together with Svetlana Tsivinskaya released in September 2016 under the Blue Griffin label (USA) and participated as one of the collaborative pianists for ABRSM vocal curriculum 2017-2018 CD.
Since moving to Hong Kong in 2014, Natalia regularly appears with Hong Kong Musica Viva, HKUST Music Alive, The Hong Kong Chamber Music Society. She runs Russian Sound Piano Studio and serves as a judge for local piano competitions.