About Dr. Natalya Hennings


 Dr. Natalya Hennings has been studying piano music since the age of seven with the distinguished Russian piano teachers Ludmila M. Badmaeva and Albina B. Vikulina.  Natalya's recent mentor has been prof. Dr. Beverly Smoker (https://www2.naz.edu/dept/music/faculty-staff/beverly-smoker)

Dr. Hennings has been teaching classical piano method for 20 years.   Her students have been recognized for their achievements.  In 2017, her high school student Michael Samodurov was awarded the Honorable Mention in the 2017 Nazareth College Piano competition.  Her first piano student Andrew Landry was accepted to the University of Southern Maine, School of Music after four years of vigorous piano studies in her program which he started at the age of 15.

In addition to teaching Dr. Hennings adjudicates local piano festivals (NFMC, RPTG, Syracuse Suzuki Association).  She has accompanied school choirs, violin students at NYSSMA festivals, local soloists, served as a pianist at churches, performed at the local art venues, etc.
Dr. Hennings continues to stay tuned to the latest methodology, attends workshops, master-classes and seminars on piano teaching.  She belongs to the Rochester Piano Teachers' Guild, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Fairport Piano Teachers Group, and the Rochester Piano Club. 

In 2018, Dr. Hennings was named Best of Lessons.com , "...We looked at dozens of other pros in your area, scored you on more than 10 variables, and hand picked you to be part of the program...the Best of Lessons.com pros make up less than six percent of all Lessons.com professionals...Paul Mazzola, founder."

Dr. Hennings retired from her medical practice in Russia where she had a 13 year - successful career in the conventional and holistic medicine. She studied and researched in her PhD medical program ( pioneered a new research into the treating glaucoma patients with  the Chinese and Korean Acupuncture) at the Central Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies in Moscow in 1995-1997.

Memberships & Affiliations

The American College of Musicians and National Guild of Piano Teachers, active member
The Rochester Piano Teachers Guild, Inc., active member
The Fairport Piano Teachers association, active member
The Rochester Piano Club, active member
The Sonnenberg Garden and Mansion, pianist-volunteer

“In the music schools of Russia great [emphasis] is laid upon technique. Indeed, technical proficiency should be one of the first acquisitions of the student who would become a fine pianist. It is impossible to conceive of fine playing that is not marked by clean, fluent distinct, elastic technique. The technical ability of the performer should be of such a nature that it can be applied immediately to all the artistic demands of the composition to be interpreted.  At the same time an artistic interpretation is not possible if the student does not know the laws underlying the very important subject of phrasing. Unfortunately many editions of good music are found wanting in proper phrase markings. Some of the phrase signs are erroneously applied. Consequently the only safe way is for the student to make a special study of this important branch of musical art”.   

                                            -Sergei Rachmaninoff

To learn about Russian piano school, please visit: http://www.mainlyopera.com/features/russpiano.html, and read about Nikolaj Zverev, Aleksandr Siloti who taught at Juilliard for 17 years from 1925-1942, Vasily Safonov ( student of Theodor Leschetizky, who was himself student of Carl Czerny), Rosine Bessie ( Lhevinne), who was a teacher of Van Cliburn, John Williams, John Browning, Walter Buczynski, and others.  Additional links are posted at the Useful links to Music Videos page.