Piano Teacher / Conductor
Natalia Raspopova has recently completed her tenure as Assistant Conductor with
the Queensland Symphony Orchestra – a position she has held since July 2015.
In this role, Natalia has assisted international conductors such as Simone Young,
Maxim Vengerov, Fabien Gabel, Yu Long, Ainars Rubikis, Jessica Cottis, Rory
Macdonald, Johannes Fritzsch, Lukasz Borowicz, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and
Jacques Lacombe. She has also conducted many of QSO’s concerts in her own right
– in Brisbane and on tour. Natalia has appeared with the Christchurch Symphony
Orchestra, Monash University Academy Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium
Orchestra, Opera Queensland, New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra and
Melbourne Youth Orchestra. In 2017 Natalia studied with Marin Alsop, conducting
BBC Concert Orchestra as part of London’s Southbank Masterclass. David Zinman
has also selected her to study with him within 9th International Masterclass with
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.
In 2019 Natalia was awarded the Rockend Berlin New Music Opera Award for Young
Australians from the Opera Foundation, as a result of which she assisted on the
production of Boheme at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Natalia has also become the
recipient of the Brian Stacey Professional Development Award in the same year.
Natalia has made her debut with the Coast Opera Australia and will continue this
close collaboration in 2020. This year Natalia will be featured as a concerto soloist
with the Sydney University Orchestra performing and conducting from piano
Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, she is also returning to conduct the Monash
Academy University Orchestra and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra.
Russian-born, Natalia came to Australia aged sixteen and has performed widely in
Australia as a pianist – including with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as concerto
soloist. Concerts and important collaborations with singers led Natalia to developing
an interest in opera, and subsequently to the study of conducting.
Natalia also has been part of the Symphony Services International Conductor
Development Program, which has seen her working with the Tasmanian and
Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia and the Australian Opera
and Ballet Orchestra. She has studied under the guidance of Christopher Seaman,
Johannes Fritzsch, Eckehard Stier and Giordano Bellincampi.
Natalia completed her Masters Degree in Conducting under the tutelage of Imre
Pallò, Dr.Stephen Mould and Eduardo Diazmunoz at the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music. In 2014, she commenced a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music under supervision of Eduardo Diazmunoz. Whilst studying,
Natalia was engaged by the Willoughby Symphony Choir as Choir Director. In this
capacity she worked closely with Dr. Nicholas Milton, preparing works such as
Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s
Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.