Idaho State University instructor Natalia Lauk to perform solo recital of Russian piano masterpieces

POCATELLO – Natalia Lauk, senior piano instructor at Idaho State University’s Piano Preparatory Program, will perform a solo recital of Russian piano masterpieces at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in Goranson Recital Hall in ISU’s Fine Arts Building.

Lauk’s solo recital will be in benefit the ISU Department of Music. Lauk will perform works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky and a modern piece.

Lauk comes from a lineage of classical Russian pianists and piano instruction. Both of her parents are Rimsky-Korsakov Sankt-Petersburg’s conservatory alumni and have more than 80 years of piano-teaching experience combined.

Natalia Lauk

Natalia Lauk

She was born and raised in Russia, Siberia, where she studied piano for 16 years. She completed her master’s degree in piano solo performance, collaborative piano and piano pedagogy at Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts in Siberia. Natalia moved from Siberia to Idaho in 2011, where she started a private piano studio and began collaborating with ISU’s music department.

Lauk holds several positions including senior piano instructor and assistant director of technology at the ISU Piano Preparatory Program, accompanist at ISU Concert Choir and piano competitions adjudicator and composer.

“I want to introduce this music to the community,” said Lauk. “I hope to take them to the world of 18th century Russia.”

Since spring of 2015, Lauk has practiced a minimum of 12 hours per week. During the summer months, she spent six hours a day practicing these pieces.

Lauk hopes raise money for the ISU Music Department and make the community more familiar with the ISU Preparatory Piano Program, raise the standards gap in piano lessons and increase recruitment opportunities for the ISU music department.

Admission to the recital is free and donations will be encouraged.