Brian Stacey Professional Development Awards 2018 Natalia Raspopova

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The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust is delighted to announce that Natalia Raspopova has been selected to receive a Brian Stacey Professional Development Award. Natalia will receive $2,500 to continue her passionate pursuit of music-making excellence.

These funds are available as a result of the huge success of the final Stacey Night celebration event on 24 October 2016. 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, Alondra de la Parra, 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. Natalia recently has been awarded the Rockend Berlin New Music Opera Award for Young Australians from the Opera Foundation, as a result of which she will be assisting on the production of Boheme at the Komische Oper in Berlin in 2019.

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.