Violoncello; Cello; Chamber Music
Natasha Brofsky has enjoyed a career in both the United States and Europe. She joined the New England Conservatory cello faculty in 2004, and has served as assistant chair of strings.
As cellist of the Naumburg award–winning Peabody Trio, she has performed on important chamber music series throughout the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, at venues including Wigmore Hall in London, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. The trio has been heard on numerous radio broadcasts, including CBC, Radio Canada, and WGBH.
The trio has recorded on New World, CRI and Artek. Their recording of the Beethoven Op. 70 Trios for Artek was hailed by The Strad as as "some of the most accomplished Beethoven playing I have heard in many a year..." Two more Beethoven Trios, Op. 1, were released on Artek and featured in Gramophone.
In addition to her work with the Peabody Trio, Brofsky has performed as guest with numerous ensembles, including the Takács, Prazak, Cassatt, Norwegian, Jupiter, Ying, and Borromeo quartets.
During nearly a decade in Europe, Brofsky held principal positions in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra under Iona Brown. The Chamber Orchestra toured internationally, performing at the Proms in London, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. In addition, she was a member of the Serapion Ensemble, performing with them in Germany and Austria, and the string trio Opus 3, which performed throughout Norway for Rikskonsertene, the Norwegian State Concert Agency. She recorded Olav Anton Thommessen's Concerto for cello and winds for Aurora Records, and was a regular participant at Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England.
A sought-after teacher, Brofsky has given masterclasses at many schools, including San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, and Boston University, as well as for El Sistema in Venezuela. She has taught at Barratt-Due's Institute in Oslo, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Heifetz Institute. Since 2001, she has been on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont.
Her students enjoy careers as performers and teachers all over the world. Recent student honors include a Grammy nomination, a prize at the Cassado cello competition in Japan, and appearances on radio and television on "From the Top." In 2010 three of her students were chosen to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops as winners of their young artist competitions.
Following her own college studies, Brofsky was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study with William Pleeth in London, where she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Prize.
Bachelor of Music and Performer's Certificate, Eastman School. Master's Degree, Mannes College. Cello with Marion Feldman, Robert Sylvester, Paul Katz, and Timothy Eddy. Member of the Peabody Trio. Recordings on Aurora, and with the Peabody Trio on Artek, New World, CRI.
Photo by Andrew Hurlbut