NATASHA MARIN

NATASHA MARIN
Biography

Russian-born classical pianist NATASHA MARIN enjoys working as a soloist, with orchestra, chamber ensembles and piano duos.  She was featured on the radio and TV, recorded and has been performing extensively in Europe and in the United States appearing live in venues such as  St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Capella Halls in Russia, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, Comerica Theater in Phoenix, AZ, Leo Bing Theater, Zipper Hall, Schoenberg Hall and Thorne Hall in Los Angeles among others.
Natasha’s piano duo “Double Sharp” with Maria Demina has premiered in June 2008 in Los Angeles, won the Grand Prize at the regional piano duo competition and has been appearing nationwide in live concerts and on the radio. The program features  music of Russian Romantic and 20th century composers and incorporates custom designed costumes by Vera Chernova DeFehr. “Double Sharp” made special appearances at charity events for Robert Shapiro’s Foundation and Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation. Natasha’s piano duo with internationally acclaimed pianist Gerald Robbins premiered on the West Coat at the Schoenberg Hall in June 2012 and on the East Coast in November 2012 at the Carnegie Weill Hall.
Natasha Marin collaborates with vocalists from the US and Europe. Together with French soprano Nicol Mecerova Natasha Marin created “Voyage a Paris,” program spanning 200 years of the French Art Song. Their performances were enthusiastically received in the US and Russia. Since 2011 Marin has been performing with soprano Nicole Taylor from Los Angeles who is a 2012 Arts Envoy appointed by the US Department of State. Together they have been appearing in venues in Austria and  California.
Natasha Marin has collaborated with Santa Cecilia Orchestra performing for its orchestral and chamber programs, as well as with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for its “Play Me, I’m Yours” project at the Royce Hall.
Aside from classical repertoire Natasha also plays other genres. She has lent her talent for the recording of the classical crossover album “Siren” by Sasha and Shawna produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Asher and recently presented her new program with American rock/pop vocalist Jon Fiore. Natasha also performs with actor/comedian Cheech Marin. Together they appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, the Inaugural Gala for the Valley Performing Arts Center of the California State University, Northridge and Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN.
Natasha began her piano studies at age 6. By age 10 she was playing in competitions and prestigious concert halls and at the same time she was accepted to the Special Music School for Gifted Children.Though Natasha considers Los Angeles to be her home since 1995, her higher education continued in both US and Russia. She earned her BA with honors from the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in the class of  Oleg Koshelev and Leonid Sintsev and later completed her studies for graduate degrees at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory where she studied with Leonid Sintev and Igor Lebedev and at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied piano performance with Vitaly Margulis and Antoinette Perry, contemporary music with Grammy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng and worked with acclaimed scholar/media author Robert Winter.
Natasha is President of the Natasha Marin Production Group and  Founder of the Marin Salon Series.
Natasha Marin resides in Pacific Palisades, CA. She was married to  actor/comedian Cheech Marin on August 8, 2009 by the Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and in 2010 has changed her last name from Rubin to Marin.