Head of Keyboard at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Natasha Vlassenko was born in Moscow and graduated from Central Music School of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she studied under legendary Professor Jacob Flier and later pursued her Postgraduate Studies with her father Professor Lev Vlassenko.
Natasha has won Major prizes in several International Piano Competitions including the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna (Austria) and Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy). She performed extensively in many countries including Russia, USSR, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia. Natasha appeared with major orchestras under the baton of Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Michael Pletnev, Carl Osterriher, Carl Martin, Edward Chivzhel, Richard Hickox, Vladimir Verbitsky, Michel Swierczewski, Veruonika Dudarova and many others.
Natasha has recorded for Moscow Radio and Television as well as ABC and MBS radio stations and has released several CD’s in Russia, Germany and Australia. In 1991, Natasha Vlassenko was invited to join the Staff of the Central Music School of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she taught before excepting teaching position at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia. Highlights of recent years include concerto performances with Russian National Orchestra under Michael Pletnev, performances and releases of live CDs at the Beethoven International Piano Festival in Boeblingen (Germany), performance and Masterclasses at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan, performances and Masterclasses at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, invitation to serve as a Jury Member at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna ( Austria). In 1999, Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov became Founders and Artistic Directors of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and Festival, the most significant National Piano event in Australia.