Natasha Jaffe performed several solo recitals at SUNY Potsdam. More recently, she has collaborated with pianist Iris Blanco-Urgelles as part of the Mirabel Duo. Together, they have performed both at Temple University and in the Philadelphia area.
As an orchestral musician she has held principal and co-principal chairs and participated in the Temple University Symphony Orchestra as well as the Contemporary Ensemble and Opera Orchestra, under the batons of Luis Biava, Jay Krush, and Teri Murai. Natasha has collaborated with the Orchestra of Northern New York as a section cellist, under the baton of Kenneth Andrews. She also participated in the founding season of the Lake George Music Festival, organized by Alex Lombard and Barbora Kolarova, as principal cellist of the Lake George Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Roger Kalia.
While at Potsdam she held both section and leadership positions in her ensembles, acting as principal cellist of the Crane Symphony Orchestra and assisting with the Crane Cello Ensemble as a section member and leader of the ensemble. She participated in the Opera Orchestra at SUNY Potsdam as well, conducted by Kirk Severtson. She has returned to the Crane School of Music as a guest artist during the Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts at SUNY Potsdam.
Her string quartet in 2007, the Shostakovia Quartet, performed in many locations in Long Island and Buffalo, NY as part of a recruitment tour for SUNY Potsdam, sponsored by Lysle and Beryl Schuttler, for youth orchestras as well as high schools. During that tour she collaborated with Emily Staebell and Emeline Dehn-Reynolds, violins, as well as Sarah Bleichfeld, viola. They were coached both by violist Shelly Tramposh and cellist Mathias Wexler.
A versatile performer, NAtasha has also collaborated with ensembles from the Divine Hand Ensemble directed by theremin player Mano Divina to the pop/rock band Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies and the electronic/pop band Resistor. With these ensembles she has performed at various Philadelphia venues.
Natasha Jaffe was selected to be a member of the Presidential Scholars Program at SUNY Potsdam where she brought her love of the equestrian sports to her musical studies. Her project involved composing original solo cello music to accompany a Dressage musical freestyle test. She was also a winner of the Mary Lou Hultberg String Scholarship during her four years at SUNY Potsdam, the Harry Kobialka Memorial Award as a junior, and the Empire State Music Competition in the Collegiate Strings category in 2008. During the summer of 2010 she worked at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a camp counselor and participated in the Blue Lake Staff Solo Competition, where she was a finalist and performed for the student body of the camp.
Natasha currently lives in Berlin, Germany and plays on a 2008 Marco Pedrini cello.