Critics and judges repeatedly emphasize the soulful and poetic touch, the especially beautiful tone and the great musical energy and intensity in the playing of Natalia Ehwald.
“…like an improvisation created by sweat and inner glow, but at the same time played disarmingly natural and straightforward.” – Der Tagesspiegel
Natalia Ehwald began playing piano at the age of five, and soon after played recitals and had her first engagements as a soloist with an orchestra. She played her debut in the US at the age of 24. Since then she regularly undertakes concert tours throughout Europe, Asia and America.
She has played guest performances with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra Lodz, the Magdeburg Philharmonic, the Mittelsächsische Philharmonie and the Zielona Gora Philharmonic, among others. She has performed at venues including the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Hamburger Musikhalle, and at festivals such as the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker and Puplinge Classique in Geneva.
Already early in her career she won prizes at national and international competitions, including the Czerny Competition in Prague in 1999 and at the Grotrian-Steinweg Competition in Braunschweig in 1997.
More competition successes followed, including first prize at the International Greta-Erikson Competition in Sweden in 2000, and first prize and special prize of the Menuhin Foundation at the Robert Schumann Competition for young pianists in Zwickau.
In 2006 Natalia Ehwald won the “Prize for Special Creativity” at the International SEILER Competition in Greece, and one year later she won second prize at the Competition of the Cultural Society of the German Business and Commerce Association. She was supported by a scholarship of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation and was a stipendiary of the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation as well as the Gotthard Schierse Foundation.
Natalia Ehwald was born in Jena in 1983. After four years of tuition at the music school “Schloss Belvedere” in Weimar with professor Sigrid Lehmstedt, she became at the age of 16 a student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in the class of professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna. She received probably her most important artistic impetus from her longtime teacher Evgeni Koroliv, in whose masterclass she began her study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 2002. There she passed both her diploma and subsequent Konzertexamen with distinction. She received further musical stimulation from Arie Vardi, Bernard Ringeissen and Georg Sava.
Natalia Ehwald has produced radio recordings in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk, NDRKultur as well as Polskie Radio. From 2009 to 2011 she was an assistant professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. She lives in Berlin.