Guest artist Natalya Shkoda will be performing works by Ukrainian composer Viktor Kosenko. A native of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Natalya Shkoda is considered to be one of today's most dynamic and exciting young artists, master teachers and competition adjudicators. Dr. Shkoda holds degrees and diplomas from Arizona State University (Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, 2006; Master of Music in Piano Performance, 2001), Kharkiv State Kotlyarevsky University of the Arts (Diplomas with Distinction in Piano and Musicology and Concert Performer's Qualification, 1999) and Kharkiv Special Music School for Gifted Children in Ukraine (Diploma with a Gold Medal in Piano and Composition, 1994).
Since presenting her first solo recital and winning the National Young Composers' Competition in Kiev, Ukraine, at the age 13, she has performed numerous solo, accompanying and chamber music recitals in Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, France and throughout the U.S. She has also appeared as a soloist with the orchestras nationwide including the MasterWorks Symphony, the Southwest Symphony, the Paradise Symphony and the North State Symphony. Dr. Shkoda is an Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at California State University, Chico.