February 17 - February 23 2024
@ Muziekcentrum Enschede
Enschede, The Netherlands

Nataliya Chepurenko

Ukraine / Belgium
Judged in 2022

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, pianist Nataliya Chepurenko graduated from the Tchaikovsky National Conservatory in Kiev in 1997 and continued mastering her music skills at Royal Conservatory in Liege in 1998 and later at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels in the class of pedagogy under professor J.-C. Vanden Eynden.

She graduated from this all three conservatories with honor degrees in solo playing, chamber ensemble, teaching and accompaniment.

Nataliya Chepurenko participated and received awards in a number of International festivals and competitions.

She worked as a Principal Ballet Pianist of the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium) and has traveled with the company of this ballet worldwide. At the same period Nataliya founded the Tchaikovsky school of Music in Brussels. This school is now a largest private music school in Belgium. Nataliya's students are young pianists of a great level and some of them receive prizes and awards at International competitions and festivals.

From 2016 Nataliya organized the International Competition for Young Pianists “Merci, Maestro!” in Brussels. This competition became highly acclaimed far beyond Belgium and now is held annually on a regular basis.

In the summer of 2021, Nataliya started a new project: the first edition of the Summer Music Academy FORTE . The academy provides masterclasses and helps young musicians develop their musical creativity in solo and chamber music.

Nataliya Chepurenko is a jury member at numerous international competitions and since 2019 is a President of WPTA Belgium (World Piano Teachers association).