From her first appearance as a pianist on nacional TV, dating back when she was 8 years old, the career of Natalia González Figueroa has always been closely linked to the peculiar relationship between academic and popular, and to the music of her birth country: Argentina.
Her extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to a long list of contemporary works. An ardent champion of the contemporary piano repertoire, she has given the first preformances of many piano and chamber music works of national and international composers (including two Piano Concertos by composers Cristian Axt and Pablo Aguirre premiered in 2009 and 2012), and many compositions were dedicated to her.
Her first album, “ConCierto Tango” presents an innovative alternative: piano music of contemporary composers inspired by the tango genre, and included premiere recordings of works by leading Latin American contemporary composers, some of them specially written for the CD.
Her CD “Buenos Aires Hechicera” (2012) has received a Prize by the Fondo Nacional de las Artes in Argentina and was recently nominated to the most important music awards in Argentina: “Gardel Prize” as the best Classical CD of the year.
NGF graduated from the C.L.Buchardo Conservatoire in Buenos Aires, Department of Music of the National Universitary Institute of Arts (IUNA), where she studied under the guide of Profesor Laly Escobar. She also taught there for 5 years being among the youngest Professors of the Institute.
She was granted scolarships by Fundacion Carolina and Juventudes Musicales de Madrid (one of the five scolarships for Ibero-American Young Musicians , 2001) to continue her studies in Spain with Professors Gabriel Loidi Lizaso and Pablo Mielgo, and by the Italian Government (2008) to attend the Chamber Music Course at the renown Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Maestro Rocco Filippini.
Later, she continued her studies with Alberto Portugheis in London and Buenos Aires. She has participated in courses and masterclasses with Antonio de Raco, Luis Lugo, Boris Petrushansky, Charles Rosen, Gabor Eckhardt, Alberto Portugheis and María Teresa Carunchio, among others, in Buenos Aires, Milan, Sombathey (Hungary), Paris and Rome.
Since 2011, she is a guest artist in Musikeon (Valencia, Spain) and receives pianistic advice from Mtro. Luca Chiantore.
As a promoter for argentinian music, she has been invited to perform on 2010 in several cities for Argentina’s bicentenary, including a solo piano recital for the Festival “Celebrating Argentina 200” at King’s Place Arts Centre in London, UK., which included renown international artists such as Martha Argerich and Alberto Portugheis.
She has performed as well at the national Festival Williams – Guastavino (two of the most important argentinean composers) in Buenos Aires celebrating their anniversary with a piano recital on Alberto William’s original grand piano in 2012. In 2009, she co-founded “Sonidos Argentinos”, with conductor/composer Lucio Bruno-Videla and Composer Cristian Axt, with the aim of promoting argentinian classical & contemporary music worldwide.
Among her many perfomances with orchestra, it’s important to mention the premiere of Cristian Axt’s Piano Concerto “Estampas Argentinas” (dedicated to NGF) with conductors Bernardo Teruggi and Lucio Bruno Videla in La Plata and Buenos Aires (2009-2010), her performance of Mendelssohn’s second Piano Concerto for Mendelssohn’s birth aniversary for the “Autunno Pallazollese – 17th Internacional Festival” (2009) in Brescia, Italy with conductor Sergio Vecerina, and her tours as a soloist with several symphony orchestras from Venezuela, with conductor Régulo Stabilito in 2006 and 2007 (FESNOJIV/Argentine Chancery). They have performed in over eight cities, and also had chamber music concerts with guest musicians including works premieres.
NGF is an active chamber music player, and has performed with many soloists and chamber ensembles in Argentina, Venezuela, Spain and Italy.
Co-founder of the Duet “Canto de Latinoamerica” with argentinean mezzo-soprano Ana Durañona, dedicated to Latin American voice and piano repertoire (www.cantodelatinoamerica.com) and URDIMBRE Duet with flutist Tanja von Arx (www.urdimbreduo.com).
She is at the moment Professor at the “Jose Hernández” Music Insitute in Buenos Aires and also gives Masterclasses on argentinean classical and contemporary music.
Natalia González Figueroa is an ambassator of argentinian music.