Bassoonist in tune with dream

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

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

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