Violinist, violin/viola instructor, vocalist, and composer, Natalia Steinbach began her violin studies at the age of two with teacher Ronald Mutchnik in Ellicott City, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in violin performance from the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Gregory Fulkerson. Natalia also studied with Airi Yoshioka at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
After graduating from Oberlin, Ms. Steinbach went on to embrace a wide variety of musical genres including rock, pop, indie, folk, jazz, and experimental music through performing, improvising, teaching, recording, and composition. She also brought to life her love of singing with her debut as the lead vocalist in the hard rock band, Snake Charmer. She is passionate about creating and performing new and original music. Through composition Natalia strives to bring classical, contemporary, and experimental music styles together in order to find new avenues of expression.
Natalia is a recipient of the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award and winner of the Johansen International String Competition as well as an elected member of the National Music Honors Society. She has performed as soloist with the Columbia Orchestra and Encore
Symphony in Maryland and as concertmaster with the Oberlin Orchestras, Musicians of Mercy, Orchestra Amadeus, and New York Chamber Players. She has also performed with the Oberlin Representative Quartet, Oberlin 21, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Saint John’s, National Repertory Orchestra, and Garden State Philharmonic. Natalia has toured throughout the US as well as internationally and has performed in many types of venues including Mein Blau and Loophole in Berlin, Casa Del Popolo in Montreal, The Cloud Club in Boston, Severance Hall in Cleveland, The Kennedy Center in DC, as well as in New York’s galleries and performance art and music venues including Carnegie Hall, MoMA PS1, Fergus McCaffrey, Dixon Place, Five Myles, JACK, Gallery456, Grace Exhibition Place, Rosekill Farm, Panoply Performance Laboratory, ABC No Rio, Spectrum, and many others.
Natalia Steinbach lives in Brooklyn, New York and continues to teach students of all ages and levels using the Suzuki Method as well as a combination of other methods. Natalia performs frequently as soloist and with various chamber groups and orchestras throughout New York as well as in other cities and states. In the past several years Steinbach performed frequently as a singing violinist and half of the musical and performance art duo, Naked Roots Conducive with cellist/vocalist Valerie Kuehne, as well as the
experimental improvisational duo SLEEP TALK with percussionist David Grollman. Natalia also composes and performs violin and vocal solo material as WaterLynx and enjoys painting, meditation, and writing.
photo by @richard.steinbach