Aksuna (Natasha Lin) is a Melbourne concert pianist who is passionate in exploring our innate ability for storytelling through different artforms. She is well-known for possessing a wide spectrum in her touch, ranging from a fiery fierceness to a delicate sensitivity, and her technical ability to bring out the emotive and imaginative depth of the instrument.
With a strong technical background trained from the Russian method, she has actively performed around Australia for more than 25 years, both as a soloist and in collaborative projects. As a performer, she is most passionate in collaborative community projects, and has performed with numerous community orchestras in NSW and Victoria. Natasha is also the lead pianist of the eclectic 6-piano Project.
Her artistic approach and philosophy also stems from an interesting and strong academic background. Born in Taiwan, she spent her early childhood in Japan, and soon after moved to Sydney, Australia. Graduating high school with the NSW Premier's Award for high achievers, she was granted an opportunity to study to be a dentist in Melbourne. She was drawn to continue tertiary studies in Music Performance, and alongside with a Major in Criminology. She has always been a strong believer in the continual learning of a diversity of subjects.
A recipient of several honourary prizes, scholarships and competition awards, Aksuna obtained her Masters in Music from The University of Melbourne with first-class honours in 2013. Since graduation, she was a finalist in the 2014 Australian National Piano Award and, in the following year, was approached by the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations for a Unity Project.
She spent a further 2 year training as a Registered Music Therapist (Melbourne University), which she completed her last placement in India with the Children In Need, Calcutta. As a music therapist, she specialised in the work of Palliative Care. During that time, she also completed a Certification in Peacebuilding in the USA.
Her music has been broadcasted nationally on ABC Classic FM, 2MBS and 3MBS, and is known for its passionate energy, riveting imagery and sensitivity in connecting with the essence of the music, descriptions that go beyond what is seen on stage and felt as traits of who she is as a musician.
Love Child , Aksuna's debut album, is a conglomeration of all her musical inspirations she has absorbed throughout her training as a pianist and music therapist.