A couple of years ago I read the book ‘The Short History of Sapiens‘ by Yuval Noah! I was very impressed with this read and in response wrote my new piano composition ‘The Human Progress’ that I have dedicated to Michael Kieran Harvey (whom I quietly admire) one of the best Australian pianist, who has kindly performed it at ‘Mona’ gallery on 23rd of November 2019 at the special concert of new music. That was a total privilege! He played it with vivid powerful touch and gave an absolutely exciting performance, executed with precision and power needed to be there.
New composition ‘The Bunjil or the Eagle Flight‘ for the chamber orchestra and piano was performed at the International. Music Festival in Kazan, Tatarstan in September 2019, by the National Orchestra of Tatarstan. It was a great privilege to be able to play my new work and play the piano part myself. I met some amazing people there who came from far away countries like Yakutia, Bashkirkistan, Holand, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. ‘The Eagle Flight’ for the chamber orchestra
My new composition ‘Curlews in the night‘ for string orchestra was performed in Auckland, New Zealand on the 10th of February 2019.
This work is inspired by Australian nature, its tropical islands with bird calls and whales, and especially one tropical bird, that is endangered now is ‘curlew’, who makes a strange spooky sound at night…like a child cry…
This composition was received very well and premiered by the Auckland Chamber Orchestra under the leadership of their conductor Peter Scholes.
The photo below is a bunch of great composers and musicians! Rashid Kalimullin, Andrian Pertout, Michael Kieran Harvey and Peter Scholes
‘The Tropical Australia’, ‘Crux’ and ‘The clash with a crocodile’ piano pieces were premiered in Moscow 14th November and st Petersburg 16th November 2018 by Say-aka Takahashi, the Japanese pianist.
The crash with a crocodile by N. Vagner, performed by Say-ka Takahashi (watch youtube link here)
19th-24th October 2018 was the 35th International Asian Conference in Taiwan.
It was a conference full of Asian flavor, using half eastern, half western instrumentation. It was wonderful to meet Australian composers like Clare Maclean, Michael Barkncev, Bruce Crossman, Eve Duncan, and Andrian Pertout.
Here is a report on the conference at the ‘Resonance’ music magazine by A. Pertout
CD ‘Exploration of soul’s ‘Explorations of the soul’ is a personal journey and reflections over the last 15 years! I have included various instrumental and choral works from over the years.
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My compositions are a variety of instrumental pieces starting with just synthesizer and choral works with a small ensemble, trios, and duos. They are a selection of works from 15 years ago up to now!
13th International Music Festival in Tatarstan, Russia, September 21-27th, 2017
I had a privilege to go to Russia, Tatarstan in September 2017 to play my composition ‘Terra Solis Australis’ for piano, violin, and clarinet! I was participating at the International music festival in Kazan, and a festival was an outstanding high-quality experience! Composers were from all over Russia, also from Columbia, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. It’s the most exciting time when you can collaborate with musicians and listen to great music!
Here is a ling to a short video about the festival :
Premier of my new composition at the music festival in French Pyrenees in July 2017
Early this year, I was commissioned to write a new piece of music for the music festival in France. So…
I traveled to France to play my new composition ‘Terra Solis Australis’ for two violins and a piano together with Ala and Gerassim Voronkov!
It was received with great success and made news in local newspapers in France!
What a fantastic experience! Thank you to wonderful musicians Ala and Gerassim, who inspired me to write this piece!
terra solis australis , Natalya Vagner For two Violins and a Piano
Trip to Vietnam in November 2016
My composition ‘The ride to a crescent moon’ for 5 instruments (piano, flute, violin, oboe, and dan bau) was premiered at the National Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi during the 34th Asian International Composers Conference.
It was a nerve wracking experience when musicians had to play my work and I had to sit in an audience and listen for the first time my composition come to life! Exciting, thrilling and nerve wracking…what if..it sound really bad! Ha ha! And in a reality, it was a wonderful performance and even better then I have imagined, they played with true expressions of the piece to tell a story, the ‘myth’ I have envisioned.
Very special indeed! And mixing up with hundreds of other Asian composers was a great learning curve and a great experience! You might listen to the recording here!
- Trip to Manila Philippines November 2015, to the 33rd International Asian Composers Conference”Breath” composition, for Soprano and Piano were chosen to be played at the Australian Asian Conference of Composers in the Phillippines in November 2015.
- ‘Hear the Spirit come’ a Christmas composition for adult choir, children choir, chamber ensemble, soprano solo, piano, and organ was premiered at Christmas Concert at St Silas on 9th of December 2016! So exciting…I am so grateful and happy to hear this work performed!
Some compositions here on Sound Cloud
“Breath” composition, for Soprano and Piano, were chosen to be played at the Australian Asian Conference of Composers in the Phillippines in November 2015.
“Two Way Path” for keyboard and digital media (6 min.12 s.) composed in response to Rachel Rovay paintings. Performed on 1st of September 2013 at ‘Without pier’ Gallery 320 Bay St. Cheltenham Melbourne.
Some earlier examples and excerpts of piano recordings and my compositions.
‘N.V. Down Under’ 2010
Compositions for Small Instrumental Ensemble
Turtle Dreaming (sound sample)
Small Towns (sound sample)
The Earth (sound sample)
‘Ascending’ CD 2002
I fell in Love ‘ (sound sample)
‘The Healing‘ (sound sample)
Ascending (sound sample)
‘Piano Tales’ 2005 (N. V. piano recordings)
‘The highway‘ by D. Kramer (sound sample)
Chopin “Nocturne” 1 op 9 by F. Chopin (sound sample)
‘Prelude in C sharp minor’ by S. Rachmaninoff (sound sample)
‘The Breath of the Earth’ 2003
Composed by N. Vagner for various instruments
“Rainforest “(sound sample)
‘Water‘ (sound sample)
‘Homeless dog‘ (sound sample)