“Her philosophy is simple: to develop a creative, intelligent approach, whilst respecting the possibilities and limits of her instrument”. Chr. Schulte Walde - Westfälische Nachrichten 22.03.2017
Natalia Lentas’ preference is for performing on historical instruments, with a predilection for early classical to romantic music, including composers such as Mozart, Schubert and her compatriot, Chopin.
She was born in Poland and studied piano with Dr. hab. Michał Szczepański at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław and with Prof. Jacob Leuschner at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. After successfully earning a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, she pursued her studies in the field of Historical Performance. Natalia Lentas then graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, earning a "Konzertexamen" with distinction in Performance on pianoforte with Prof. Gerald Hambitzer as well as from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich earning a "Meisterklasse" with Prof. Christine Schornsheim. She also obtained a diploma in Chamber Music with Prof. Michael Borgstede and Prof. Gerald Hambitzer, performing with her sister Emilia Lentas, who is a harpsichordist.
In order to broaden her experience and perfect her technique, she also attended numerous masterclasses, receiving advanced training from, among others, Ronald Brautigam, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Bart van Oort, Wolfgang Brunner, Christine Schornsheim, Tobias Koch, Alexei Lubimov, Sheila Arnold, Gabriele Leporatti and Lars Vogt.
Natalia Lentas is also harpsichordist and presently attending classes to perfect her practice with Professor Christian Rieger at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen.
Her talent has been honoured with numerous awards and decorations. The Polish pianist was awarded the Förderpreis für Musik by the town of Düsseldorf in 2018. She successfully took part in many national and international piano and pianoforte competitions such as the Competition for the Kulturkreis Gasteig Musikpreis (1st prize), the International Competition for the Gebrüder Graun Prize (1st prize, 2016), the International Fritz-Neumeyer Competition on pianoforte in Bad Krozingen (1st prize, 2015), the International Geelvinck Fortepiano Concours in Amsterdam (1st prize, 2015) and the Steinway Förderpreis Competition in Düsseldorf (2nd prize, 2012), the Mozart Piano Competition Richard Laugs in Mannheim (3rd prize, 2011) and the Miłosz Magin Chopin Competition in Lodz (3rd Prize, 2007).
Natalia Lentas performs both as a soloist and a chamber musician and gives numerous piano and pianoforte recitals. She notably performed in BASF’s Junge Pianisten series of concerts, in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, at the Pianoforte Festival in Stuttgart, Geelvinck Pianoforte Festival in Amsterdam, Tagen Alter Musik in Herne, Kölner Fest für Alte Musik, Klavier Festival Ruhr, at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, at Konzerthalle Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach in Frankfurt (Oder), at Nikolaisaal in Potsdam, at Schloss Kremsegg and Schloss Bad Krozingen, at the Goethe Museum in Düsseldorf, at the Polish Institute of Leipzig and Dresden and at the Olsztyn Philharmonic. Natalia Lentas can also regularly be heard at the Beethoven Museum in Bonn, where she performs on an original Conrad Graf pianoforte from 1824.
In 2017, she was granted a Concerto scholarship by the Alfred Töpfer Foundation in Hamburg. For the academic year 2015/2016, she was granted the Deutschlandsstipendium by the German Ministry of Education and Research. Between 2008 and 2010, she received a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture. Between 2005 and 2010, she received the young talents scholarship from the city of Wroclaw. In 2002 and 2004, she was awarded a scholarship by the Polish government for her outstanding scholarly performance.
Natalia Lentas has been invited to give master classes on historical instruments to students of several Musikhoschulen in Germany such as Münster and Detmold.
© 2017 by Natalia Lentas