Natalia Kotarba is a Polish violinist born in Cracow, currently based in Brussels. She holds degrees Cum Laude from the Academy of Music in Cracow and from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where she is presently completing her Concertmusicus (artist diploma) in the class of Philippe Graffin.
Natalia embraces keenly all aspects of a musician’s life. Among the artists she has had the opportunity to collaborate with in a chamber music setting are Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Philippe Graffin, Tanja Becker-Bender and Oxalys Ensemble. She has appeared at music festivals such as Midis-Minimes and Ysaÿe’s Knokke in Belgium, Harmos Festival in Portugal, Istanbul Music Festival in Turkey and Warsaw Autumn in Poland. She is part of Belgian Sonos Ensemble, who will be artist-in-residence in Tongeren (Belgium) for the season 2018/19. Natalia has also collaborated with orchestras such as Deutsches Radio Kammerorchester, Le Concert Olympique and Polish Art Philharmonic and worked in ensembles led by Krzysztof Penderecki and Tobias Feldman. As a soloist she recently appeared in the Bach double concerto with the Brussels Conservatory String Orchestra.
Natalia is a laureate of the Polish National Chamber Music Competition in Bydgoszcz in piano trio category, and, most recently, laureate of La Fondation Chopin, a Belgian institution who awards prizes for succesful music students at the beginning of their careers.
She has had the opportunity to develop her skills in masterclasses with renowned artists and pedagogues such as Miriam Fried, David Waterman, Alasdair Beatson, or Quatuor Ebène. She has also been strongly influenced by jazz improvisation lessons she took as a teenager with the renowned Polish jazzman Jarosław Śmietana. Natalia finds it important in her work to be open to different styles and kinds of music, which helps her create personal and honest interpretations of musical works. She is also a dedicated teacher and a great enthusiast of music-educational projects which help introduce children and young adults to the beautiful world of music.