Natalia Lepeshkina

Natalia Lepeshkina, a Heliconian since 2012, was born in Moscow, Russia. During her formative years, she received an excellent education at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. Her teachers were famous and outstanding pianists: Y. Milshtein, B. Berlin, nationally acclaimed artists N. Yemelianova , A. Skavronsky  and professor  Boris Zemlianskiy. Nataliya worked as professor of piano at the Moscow Ippolitov-Ivanov Municipal Institute for many years – 40 yars.

Natalia Lepeshkina worked as a successful piano soloist and accompanist at the Moscow State Philharmonic giving hundreds of performances in Moscow’s performance halls and many other cities and towns across Russia. Internationally, she has performed abroad in Norway, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland and Canada. She has worked with wellknown musicians such as Leonid Kharitonov (bass), Uri Marchenko (bass), Galina Oleinichenko (soprano), Vigen Sarkisov (cello), international competition winners Andrey Ryazantsev (cello), Alexander Buzlov (cello), Ariadna Anchevskaya (violin) and many other young and talented soloists.

The Lepeshkin family has an interesting history. In the beginning of 19th century, they were well-known wealthy merchants. Their main business was the textile industry, but their activities in the Russian community were very far reaching. They made generous donations to charity, built churches, monasteries and hospitals, and even opened schools for the poor. They devoted a lot of time and energy to development of education and arts in Russia. They were influential on the social life of that period. One well known family member at the time was Semion Lepeshkin, a mayor of Moscow between 1846 and 1849.

Natalia is also the niece of well-known medicine professor of Vermont University Eugene Lepeshkin.

Natalia Lepeshkina lives in Canada from October 2010 and follows the family tradition by giving charitable concerts. She plays in hospitals, child welfare institutions and long term care facilities. She organizes enlightening musical programs for music fans of all ages. For her remarkable activity in this area, she was awarded with the medal “For the Merits to Homeland” in 2005.

In 2001, Natlalia Lepeshkina started a new lecture course with art and musical illustrations devoted to the “History of Russian music”. This course was presented to the members of the International Women’s Club of Diplomatic Corpus in Moscow. Many family members’ of foreign diplomats from U.S., U.K., Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and other countries attended these monthly events. She organizes enlightening concerts and lectures, and is a member of Moscow Merchant Society.