Article in The Monthly Chronicle June-July 2012:
Keys to Creativity by Bill Aitken
Article from the Monthly Chronicle

The keys of her piano have stimulated the creativity of Normanhurst Pianist, Music Teacher and Composer Natalia (Natasha) Ivanovsky-Perkins throughout her life.
For over 30 years, Natasha who holds both performance and teaching qualifications from Trinity College London (ATCL and LTCL), has taught piano in the Normanhurst area.
Among her students have been her daughters, Christina (Brown) and Devi (Mamak), both of whom attended Normanhurst Public School and Hornsby Girls High School and both of whom have established their own teaching careers in Piano and Dance.
Natasha was born in Shanghai of Russian parents. After a year in Hong Kong, the family migrated to Australia in 1958. Later Natasha, who commenced her Music studies in China, lived in USA where she studied under Vecheslav Leonidovich Ordynsky and with the pianist composer, Peter Coraggio.
On her return to Sydney, she studied with Isador Goodman and Jean Pollock.
Five years ago, Natasha began composing and 12 of her pieces are now part of the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Examination syllabus. Some of her works have also been performed for School Certificate examinations.
Christina began lessons with Natasha when she was almost five. By the age of 10, she had completed 8th Grade Piano. At 12, she had achieved her Performer?s Certificate and started giving piano lessons. At 14 she gained her ATCL.
Devi who was born in San Francisco also holds the ATCL (Performer) and LTCL (Teacher). Both she and her sister teach piano in the Blue Mountains but Devi also teaches Dance and this takes her all over the world presenting workshops. She introduced Tribal Belly Dancing (a fusion of Spanish, Gypsy and Ballet) to Australia from America and she has featured in numerous DVDs.
The highest Award given by Trinity College is it's Exhibition prize. It is a rare distinction awarded to students who receive the highest marks in the College?s rigorous examinations. This includes all musicians and singers, not just pianists. Only two of these awards were made throughout Australia this year. One award went to 10 year old Sean Xiao Gong of Hornsby, a Grade 7 Piano student who began lessons with Natasha three years ago. While this in itself would be a life achievement for any teacher, the second award went to 13 year old James McDonald a Grade 8 student of Christina. There were huge smiles all round when the awards were presented at The King?s School on Sunday, May 20. For Natasha it was just recognition for the years spent opening the world of music to her students through her keys to creativity.

Article in The Hornsby Advocate June 2012:
A rare distinction for Hornsby's pint-sized prodigy.
by Brian Karlovsky

Article from the Hornsby Advocate