Bassoonist in tune with dream
BASSOON player Natalya Czernicziw is on the right path to achieving her dream of becoming a professional orchestra musician.
The 21-year-old is in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Classical Performance at WAAPA, while also playing the woodwind instrument with the WA Youth Orchestra since 2014.
“I’d never really had orchestra experience, so it’s good to do that in addition to uni orchestra,” Czernicziw said.
“It’s great to meet new people and WAYO do fun repertoire.
“Even though it’s a youth orchestra, the conductors are so encouraging and knowledgeable with their experience.”
Czernicziw began playing bassoon in Year 8 when a family friend offered to give her lessons.
She had already taken up violin and clarinet in her childhood but it was the bassoon she quickly fell in love with.
“I think it’s a really beautiful instrument,” she said. “It has a lot of opportunities with it because not many people play it.”
Her next opportunity will come when WAYO performs 1812, conducted by Peter Moore at the Perth Concert Hall on May 28; Czernicziw will play a solo during Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
The program will also include the Russian composer’s 1812 Overture, written to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, and fellow countryman Khachaturian’s Adagio from Spartacus.
“It’s so difficult to get a job as an orchestra musician, so it’s all about working hard at uni, getting as much experience as I can there and with WAYO,” she said.
Natalya Czernicziw (far left) with her bassoon, Andrea Sitas with the double bass, Ebony Lim with double bass and Jade Hansen with cello. Picture: Andrew Ritchie