Internationally renowned cellist
Internationally renowned cellist
Natalia Khoma is an internationally renowned cellist. Since winning the All-Ukrainian competition, Khoma has won top prizes at the Budapest Pablo Casals International Competition, Markneukirchen Competition in Germany, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, as well as First prize at the Belgrade International Cello Competition.
A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Khoma studied for eight years at the Moscow Conservatory and in the United States, received an Artist Diploma from Boston University. The first and only Ukrainian cellist to become a laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition, Natalia Khoma has since distinguished herself as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout Russia, as well as the U.S., Canada, South America, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, South Africa and the Middle and Far East. She has performed as a soloist with such leading ensembles as the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukrainian National State Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of New York City Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and has had solo recitals in Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow), Carnegie Hall (New York), Jordan Hall (Boston), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Palais des Beux Arts (Brussels), Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat (Paris), Philharmonic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv) and in a host of countries across the globe.
She is often invited to appear at international festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Canada, Ukraine and the U.S. among others. Natalia Khoma has been hailed around the world as “technically dazzling”, “intense, brilliant, and with perfect structure”. She also has been praised for “the precision of her executions, Slavic Zen, full warm cello tone….and, what a drive!” Natalia made her first public appearance on TV at age ten and performed her first concerto with orchestra at age thirteen. Ms. Khoma has been a Professor at the Lviv Conservatory in Ukraine, Roosevelt University College of Music in Chicago, Michigan State University and was a visiting Professor of the University of Connecticut School of Music. In 2010 Natalia was featured on a Grammy nominated CD for the Dorian Sono Luminus label. She has also recorded for NHK-TV (Japan), Naxos, TNC/Cambria, Blue Griffin, IMP, Dorian, Centaur and Ongaku labels, as well as for Ukrainian, Russian, German, Spanish, Serbian, Israeli and Hungarian Radio and Television and has appeared on WNYC-FM in New York, WGBH-FM in Boston and CKWR in Ontario (Canada).
In October 2008, Natalia Khoma was awarded the title – Honorary Professor of Lviv State Academy of Music, Ukraine, in May 2010 – Honorary Professor of Odesa State Music Academy, Ukraine. In 2011 she was appointed Artistic Advisor of the Music and Art Center of Greene County, New York. Natalia serves as organizer of the Children and Music Foundation, which provides musical training, instruments and financial aid to young, gifted Ukrainian students in need.
In addition to her performing activities, Natalia is an Associate Professor of cello at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and Director of the Charleston Music Fest.
Natalia Khoma – Volodymyr Vynnytsky Duo is the unique team of two virtuoso soloists from the same city and with a similar background. Both were born in Lviv, Ukraine, studied at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, are International Competitions winners. Each has a distinguished career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and has appeared individually and as a Duo with major orchestras and premier chamber music series through the United States and Europe. With performances which have been hailed around the world as “most excellent”, “perfectly controlled and beautifully expressive”, “magical…deeply touching”, “with virtuosity and admirable feeling”, “passion, profundity and poignancy”,”cellist pianist solo soulmates”, the Duo is one of the most electrifying musical partnerships.
“Khoma possesses a large and very articulate sound…Finest playing.” The Strad
“ Khoma plays with masterful authority. Her bow arm is natural, relaxed and fluid, her left hand technique effortless and utterly secure. Her tone is dark, focused and pure. The playing was perfectly controlled and beautifully expressive. …Magical and deeply touching…” Edith Eisler, New York Concert Review
"Natalia Khoma performed the Haydn D Major concerto with intensity, great inner concentration and obvious power of performance. There is no doubt that Natalia Khoma will rank among the best cellists of her country." Neues Deutchland, Berlin
"Natalia Khoma is a great, young musician.....From the first down-stroke of her bow in Rachmaninoff's beautiful Vocalise, it became apparent that here there would not be much to criticize. A full, warm, cello tone with everything else in addition which words cannot describe. A singing Vocalise, beautiful without being sentimental. And, what a drive!" Drammen Library, Oslo
"The musical and technical quality of her performance was superb; she achieved everything she set out to achieve which was to be accurate, to play with intensity and brilliance and with perfect structure.....She epitomized the tradition of the Russian school of excellence; technically dazzling and a performance imbued with feeling." Forte, Geneva
"...Excellent concert. ... Extreme technical proficiency. Khoma played ... with great warmth, sensitivity and feeling. Khoma's intonation was pure and clear, her phrasing flexible yet firm. Brahms's Second Hungarian Dance brought Dunning Hall audience to their feet." The Kingston Whig Standard, Canada
"While she plays she exists at a level untouched by conscious aesthetic or technical consideration."..."Immersed in play, her tone is vibrant and strong."..."It's a redundancy to add that Khoma's intonation is impeccable, and the precision of her executions, Slavik Zen." Woodstock Times- Hunter, New York
"Natalia Khoma is a talented musician with brilliant performing individuality. She is a mature cellist who plays with great enthusiasm and confidence." Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya
"Natalia Khoma is a new name on the list of the brilliant young cellists of this country. Her talent grows with dynamic maturity. I have no doubt that we will soon hear of her many successes." Daniel Shafran
"Khoma played as if the instrument were an extension of her soul, intensely involved with the spirit of the music in her mind. Natalia's involvement with the music and her instrument was just transforming. She played with tremendous fire and passion. The combination of passion and expert-playing was amazing. This live music was exquisite." On Island, Nantucket
" Khoma is an exceptional performer..." Anchorage Daily News
"...The audience could recognize a great interpreter - the Ukrainian cellist Natalia Khoma... When it was over ( Haydn's C major cello concerto ), the audience had already fallen in love with the soloist, applauding without stop. After all, the young beauty prevailed as she was a master, who can dominate anything with the power of her music..." Punt Diavi, Spain
"...Performance full of vitality, fluency and virtuosity. ...Temperamental and sensitive." Avui, Spain
" Natalia Khoma played with unshakable authority from note one of Friday night's concert.
...Number of listeners witnessed her seemingly endless array of stylistic colors...
...Khoma breezed through the staggering alternations between technical extremes in the cello part, particularly in the second Allegro, as though they were mere nothings." Noelle Hahn, Anchorage Daily News
" Natalia Khoma...played Sunday with a passionate intensity and big sound, her lower notes nearly causing a seismic event. The audience was delighted by the performance, giving the artist a standing ovation." Shana Loshbaugh, Homer News
"She makes her cello sound very powerful and heavenly beautiful. She's truly a world-class star" G. Khramov, 'The Week', Ukraine
“The strength of the playing lies in Natalia Khoma’s sense of drama and attention to timbre.” Ken Smith, “Gramophone”