Piano; Staff Accompanist
Russian born pianist Natalia Rachford started her music education at the age of seven in the music school of her native city Rostov-on-Don. She studied under Vera Klyachko, student of the famous Russian pianist Vladimir Sofronitsky, who was a student and friend of Alexander Scriabin. During this time Natalia participated successfully in several competitions, and at the age of thirteen performed the Grieg piano concerto with the Rostov Philharmonic Symphony orchestra.
At sixteen she became a student at the Music College at Moscow Conservatory. While in Moscow she performed recitals in numerous concert halls as a solo and chamber music performer, and later graduated with honors in piano performance and pedagogy from the Moscow Music Academy.
In 1987 Natalia joined the faculty at the Rostov-on-Don Conservatory where she instructed undergraduate and graduate piano students and performed numerous faculty recitals as a soloist and with chamber groups. In 1989 she received honorable mention at the All-Russian Instrumentalist Competition held in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She also performed as soloist and chamber musician in cities throughout Russia including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov, Taganrog, and Novgorod.
In 1992 she came to the United States as an exchange program specialist at Oklahoma City University. In 1993 she received honorable mention at the Bartók-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition and completed a master's degree in music in 1995. She then moved to Bloomington where she started her doctoral degree in piano performance at Indiana University.
From 1996 she served as Associate Instructor at IU and as staff accompanist at Depauw University. Natalia has been a faculty member at Butler University since 1998 and is near the end of her doctoral program at IU. Natalia has private teaching studios in Zionsville and Greenwood.