Natalia Khoma is an internationally renowned cellist. Since winning the All-Ukrainian competition Natalia Khoma has won top prizes at the Budapest Pablo Casals Competition, Markneukirchen (Germany) and the Tchaikovsky International Competitions, as well as First prize at the Belgrade International Cello Competition.
A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Khoma studied at the Lviv Central Music School and the Lviv Conservatory with Evhen Shpitzer and from 1982 until 1990 at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. In the United States, Ms. Khoma was awarded the Artist Diploma of the Boston University under the direction of Professor Leslie Parnas.
The first and only Ukrainian cellist to became a laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition, she has since distinguished herself as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras thorough the former USSR, as well as USA, Canada, South America, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, South Africa and the Middle and Far East.
Natalia Khoma has performed as a soloist with such leading ensembles as the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukrainian National State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble of New York City Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and has had solo recitals and performed in Tchaikovsky Hall, Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory (Moscow), Philharmonic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv), Odesa Philharmonic Theatre in Ukraine, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Recital Hall (New York), Jordan Hall and Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Krannert Center (Illinois),Wharton Center (Michigan), Zoellner Arts Center Baker Hall (Pennsylvania), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Palais des Beux Arts (Brussels), Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat (Paris), Linder Auditorium (Johannesburg), Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall (Cape Town), Grand Halls of the Franz Liszt Music Academy (Hungary) and Oslo Music Academy (Norway), Teatro de Santa Isabel (Recife) among many others.
Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations in the International Festivals in Switzerland (St Gallen International Festival), Germany ("International Women’s Festival" in Hamburg), Spain (“'Pau Casals', El Vendrell”; ” Torroella De Montgri”; “de la Vila de Llivia”), Ukraine (Kyiv Music Fest, “Virtuosi”, “Contrasts”), France (Masters de Pontlevoy, “Les MusiCimes”, “DSCH”), Brazil (“Virtuosi”), Curacao (Art in Avila), Canada (Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, Muskoka Lakes Music Festival), Taiwan (Jen-Hsiang), Czech Republic (“American Spring” Festival), and USA (Artosphere Arts Festival, Kent Silver Bay Music Festival, New Paltz International Institute and Festival, Fontana Festival for Music and Art, “Cello Plus” , Heifetz International Music Institute, Ohio Chamber Music Festival, Clarion Concerts, Lexington Music Festival, Chamber Players International, LWMF, Mohonk Festival of the Arts, El Paso Chamber Music Festival, Southampton Festival of the Arts, Lake San Marcos Chamber Music Society, Music and Art of Greene County, Spring Fest in Ann Arbor, BargeMusic, Festival of the Hamptons, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston and her annual appearance as the Artist-in-Residence at the “Music at the Institute” Series in New York).
With performances which have been hailed around the world as “technically dazzling”, “intense, brilliant, and with perfect structure”, “full warm cello tone…and, what a drive!” and, “the precision of her executions, Slavic Zen”, Natalia Khoma made her first public appearance on TV at age ten and performed her first concerto with the orchestra at age thirteen.
Ms. Khoma was a Professor at the Lviv Conservatory in Ukraine, Roosevelt University College of Music in Chicago, Michigan State University and was a visiting Professor of University of Connecticut School of Music.
In November 1992 she was invited to be a head of the Jury at the First International Lysenko Competition in Kyiv, Ukraine; in November 2007 she performed with Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra at the opening concert of the Competition.
Ms. Khoma has recorded for NHK-TV (Japan) and made CD recordings for TNC/Cambria, Blue Griffin, IMP, Dorian Sono Luminus, Centaur, Naxos and Ongaku labels, as well as for Ukrainian, Russian, German, Spanish, former Yugoslavian, Israeli and Hungarian Radio and Television, WNYC-FM in New York and WGBH-FM in Boston.
In addition to her performing activities, Natalia Khoma is an Associate Professor of Cello at College of Charleston, SC and co-Founder and music Director of Charleston Music Fest.
On October 2008 she was awarded a title – Honorary Professor of Lviv State Academy of Music, Ukraine, on May 2010 – Honorary Professor of Odesa State Music Academy, Ukraine.
In 2010 Natalia Khoma was featured in Grammy nominated CD (Dorian Sono Luminous label) "Radames Gnattali: Solo and Chamber Works for Guitar".
She serves as organizer of the Children and Music Foundation, which provides music training, instruments and financial aid to young, gifted Ukrainian music students in need.