Grammy-nominated, Russian pianist Natalia Katyukova is currently an Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and a vocal coach at The Juilliard School. With a commitment to emerging artists, she devoted much of her time to the singers and pianists in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and works for The Juilliard School’s Department of Vocal Arts.
Katyukova has performed with instrumentalists and singers such as Sir Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko, and Irina Arkhipova, Ildar Abdrazakov, and at festivals and summer programs including the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the Ravinia Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. She has appeared in recitals throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Argentina, Japan, Europe, and other countries. She was nominated for a Grammy award for Harold Meltzer’s record, Songs and Structures in 2019.
A native of Klin, the city of Tchaikovsky, she was invited numerous times to play in the House-Museum of Tchaikovsky on the composer's own piano. She was featured as a solo pianist with renowned orchestras such as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Fedoseyev, the “Haydn Orchestra" with Ola Rudner, and the Moscow State Symphony led by Dmitry Orlov.
Previously, she served on the faculties of Texas Wesleyan University, the University of Fine Arts (Russia), the Conservatory “Monteverdi" (Italy), and the Natchez Opera Festival. She has accompanied for events and master classes led by Renée Fleming, Malcolm Martineau, Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, José van Dam, Martin Katz, and Warren Jones.
Katyukova is the recipient of many awards, including the Zonta Club Award and a Russian Arts Foundation grant. She is a prize-winner of the MTNA National Piano Competition (USA), the “Ettore Pozzoli" International Piano Competition (Italy), the “Carlo Soliva" International Piano Competition (Italy), and the International Chamber Music Competition (Ukraine). Katyukova's performances have been broadcast on WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago, and Radio Bavaria and Radio “South-West" in Germany.
A graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, her teachers included Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, Brian Zeger, Ken Noda, and Lev Naumov.