Masters student to gain insight from music greats

A University of Tasmania Masters student who once shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen is now UK-bound to learn from the greats.

Natalya Bing, a Sydney-based violinist studying through the University’s Conservatorium of Music, has travelled to England on a D&MV Scholarship in Music.

Natalya will spend nine weeks attending lessons through the Royal College of Music, gaining insight and inspiration from internationally renowned violinists including Itzhak Rashkovsky and Felix Andrievsky.

“It’s a life-changing experience and I’m so grateful to have received this opportunity,” she said.

“To go and learn alongside the best has come at an ideal time in my career.”

Natalya started playing violin when she was 10 years old, where her enthusiasm and interest led her to pursuing a professional career beginning with undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle.

“Since graduating I have been freelancing, teaching and doing orchestral work, including performing with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Brisbane during their High Hope world tour in 2014,” Natalya said.

“It was an unbelievable and unforgettable experience. The best part about it was jamming backstage before the show with Bruce and an idol of mine, Tom Morello, the guitarist from Rage Against the Machine who plays in his band.”

Natalya had come to a point in her career where she wanted to stretch herself further which led her to postgraduate studies at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music.

“I had a feeling that I wanted to continue my music further so I pursued my masters at the University of Tasmania where Dr Susan Collins was teaching,” she said.

“I came across Susan during my undergraduate studies and she has been a huge influence and supporter of my career and work.”

Natalya’s masters is looking at the lost art, methods and use of improvisation on the violin in Western classical music, and its revival in current classical music.

The D&MV McDonald Scholarship in Music was established by the late Dawson and Margaret McDonald to support students of violin, viola or cello to study in the UK.

Natalya is also the recipient of the Jan Sedivka Scholarship in Music.

Published on: 14 Feb 2017 11:01am