Melbourne Prize Residency: VCA & MCM twilight concert series

In 2010 Nat was lucky to be awarded the Melbourne Prize for Music Development Award. In conjunction with this prize, she was selected to act as an artist in residence at the University of Melbourne/Faculty of MCM & VCA.

In 2012, Nat has returned to the Victorian College of the Arts, as a Honours student. In parallel to her role as a student, however, she now has the opportunity to fulfill her Melbourne Prize Residency.

She has chosen to use this residency to curate a series of concerts, showcasing the breadth of talent in her Honours cohort, stretching across classical, improvisation and composition streams. It is the last year that this Honours course will be run, before it is replaced with new courses. As a result, this concert series seeks to celebrate the end of the course, as well as celebrate the diversity of students across all parts of the Faculty, which will continue long into the future in new forms.

University of Melbourne
Faculty of VCA & MCM

Twilight Concert Series: Inspiring Performance

Featuring students from the 2012 Bachelor of Music Performance (honours) cohort

Curated by Nat Bartsch, winner of the 2010 Melbourne Prize for Music Development Award

3, 4, 5 October, 6pm (with interval)
Federation Hall, Grant Street, Southbank

Free admission


Each concert will be based around a theme, selected by the Honours cohort.
Wednesday 3 October:
“Musique sans frontieres”

Thursday 4th October:
“Poetry can communicate before it is understood” – T.S. Eliot

Friday 5th October:
“Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known” – Oscar Wilde

Jeremy Hopkins EP release

Ex-drummer from the NBT and beautiful jazz vocalist Jeremy Hopkins has recently released his debut EP, ‘Sunny Sunday’, featuring Nat on piano and guitarist Nathan Slater. The recording is available to purchase on iTunes here.

Jeremy is performing with the Nat Bartsch Trio on May 17 at Bennetts Lane. The trio will also be joined by the talents of Robbie Melville and Gian Slater in the following weeks of the residency. We’re very excited!

Nat is awarded 2012 Will Poskitt Piano Scholarship

Recently Nat returned to studies in music improvisation at the VCA, for her 4th year honours degree. Nat has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Will Poskitt Piano Scholarship. This is particularly meaningful for Nat, as she knew Melbourne-based pianist Will Poskitt, an astounding classical and jazz pianist, before he passed away tragically in 2008. Receiving this award is very humbling and a great honour.

Vince Jones’ Album of 2010!

As a guest on Radio National’s Summer Breakfast programme, Australian jazz icon Vince Jones has selected our Trio’s new release, ‘Springs, for all the Winters’, as his favourite Album of 2010. We’re very honoured, thank you Vince!

European Tour Update

Returning from Europe in December, the Trio completed a successful tour, performing in Switzerland, Belgium, and supporting Abdullah Ibrahim’s Ekaya at the Jazz-Transfer Festival in Germany. They also studied as an ensemble with pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch, who has become a mentor to Nat after she studied intensively with him in 2008. (For the record, Nik and Nat are not related!) It was great to tour to Europe for the very first time as a trio.

Nat wins the 2010 Melbourne Prize for Music Development Award

Nat has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Melbourne Prize for Music Development Award, which, awarded every three years, ‘recognises and rewards excellence and talent, inspires creative development and will enrich public life in Melbourne’.

Nat receives $7000 which will go towards funding the trio’s European Tour, and an additional $6000 grant from Yamaha Music to put towards the purchase of a well deserved new piano.

In addition to being awarded the prize, Nat has been offered a highly valued residency at the VCA School of Music and the University of Melbourne for 2011.