Ms Natalia Kumkova began her studies in pianoforte at a local music school in Leningrad. She graduated with distinction and was immediately accepted into the Rimsky-Korsakov Choral College where she studied Choral Conducting, Piano and Singing. In 1984, Ms Natalia entered the prestigious Leningrad State Conservatory as a Choral Conducting student of Tatiana Nemkina. The conservatory’s renowned Choral Conducting program includes a thorough and rigorous concentration of Harmony, Solfeggio, Polyphony and Piano, and it was in all these areas which Ms Natalia particularly excelled, graduating summa cum laude in 1989. Thereafter she enrolled in the conservatory’s Vocal Studies department, graduating from Valentina Maximova’s class in 1994 with specializations in Solo-Chamber and Operatic Singing.
She was the Conductor of the Musical Comedy Theatre Choir of the Lenigrad Naval Academy, and since 1989, she has been a soloist of the famous St Petersburg Chamber Choir under the direction of Nikolai Komev. With them, she has performed with numerous orchestras – New York, Berlin and Rotterdam Philharmonics. As a soloist, she has worked with conductors such as, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Semyon Bychkov, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir George Solti.
Ms Natalia has recorded 10 CDs with Phillips Classic as a soloist in the St Petersburg Chamber Choir which has given her the Grammy Award and the Golden CD Award. She has been active on the operatic stage and has appeared in various roles from selected number of operatic favourites including ‘Le nozze di Figaro’, Eugene Onegin’ and War and Peace’.
Ms Natalia is currently teaching Voice, Piano, Choral Conducting, Aural, and Piano Accompaniment at Tanglewood Music School.
MS NATALIA KUMKOVA
VOICE / PIANO ASSOCIATE