Natalia grew up surrounded by music, tinkling of the piano, strumming of the guitar, and parents joined together in song creating magical music.
“One of my earliest memories is putting on my dad’s Dean Martin’s records and dancing and singing along, I must have been about 4 years old and I was fearless.” She knew exactly what she was going to be when she grew up. “I was going to be an artist – do crazy concerts and create something amazing. But I’m short, curvy, my hands are too small to be a classical pianist, my voice is too loud, and have curvature of the spine. So as I grew, society’s misconceptions became my insecurities so I could only share my art with people closest to me. I didn’t fit into society’s box. But once I realized that the world is a beautiful place outside of the box, I realized there was a place for me and my art.”
Fairytales became Natalia’s inspiration as they tell us, dreams do come true. Through the encouragement of her parents, Natalia has completed two art degrees and several diplomas in the arts and music education. It was a long journey but every fairytale has a long journey in it.
In 2011, Natalia released her first studio album Life. It was widely and ecstatically received internationally especially in Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Greece. It was an intimate look at Natalia’s personal experiences through originals and covers. Through this album, Natalia was nominated for Artist of the Year through the Vancouver Island Music Awards.
“Life” gave her the courage to step out of the mainstream and explore art from different ways leading her to compose and perform the music for a short film O Tharraleos (the courageous one). The whole project was completed in twenty four hours. It went to win three awards at Greek Film & Foto Week (Greek American Foundation) and was played all around the world in film festivals from Cannes, to San Francisco to Vancouver. “The project really helped me realized that I’m an artist and cannot be defined by medium or style. It’s about being inspirited and then using different ways to express it. I’m neither a pianist nor a singer; they are but tools that I’ve been given to express myself. But they are not my only tools.” ~Natalia
Today, award winning artist Natalia Pardalis is creating a new yellow brick road to explore her new sounds in music.
“I’m in love with Fairytales” is an introspective exploration of a modern woman. Set as a song cycle, it follows the journey a young woman as she deals with what appears as polar opposites: reality and romance. The polar opposites are enthused through the use of fairytales. An interdisciplinary album; each song will be accompanied by a fantasy set music video.
“I’m in love with Fairytales could really be about anyone living in the 21st century”, Natalia states: “We’re constantly surrounded by fairytales which make us believe that reality is unclear. But then again what is reality?” Don’t let the title fool you though, this is a mature, thoughtful and beautiful look at being a single person in the 21st century.
Just like all fairytales are inspired, Natalia’s inspirations are multi-dimensional. As Skyy Power from She-Boom 100.5 FM says, “Cabaret, Operatic, hints of Jazz, Classical? Take your pick as Natalia is a playful yet seriously convincing Songstress to reckon with and will go very Far indeed!”
Natalia Pardalis – Singer.Songwriter.Pianist “I’m in love with fairytales.”
*Composer of movie score for award winning O Tharraleos (winner of Critic’s Choice, People’s Choice, and Social Media Award from Greek American Foundation)
*Nominated – 2013 BC Wide Artist of the Year – Vancouver Island Music Awards
*Nominated — 2014 CanadianMusicians.com for Instructors & Teachers Award
*Nominated — 2015 GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award – The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation
Performance: *Performer at Greek Day, Vancouver BC 2015 *Piano’s on the Street Vancouver BC (2014, 2015)
* FuSe 2012 Vancouver Art Gallery (Centre of A tangle)
* PuSh Festival 2013 Vancouver BC Qualia (CapilanoUniversity)
* Never on Sunday Cafe – Greek Day June 2011/12 West Broadway Vancouver BC – producer and performer
* Maria’s Opus (showcasing young talent in our community- all proceeds going to cancer research) starting in 2009 to 2012.
* Conducted Long and Mcquade’s Family of Choirs (surrey 2008-2011)
* Music Produce/Performer of Greek Celebration for Olympic Torch Celebrations on West Broadway (Hellenic Congress) Feb 2010
* Trinity Western University’s Chamber Choir under the direction of Wes Janzen 2001-2008
* Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with TWU 2001-2009
* Vancouver Chamber Choir with TWU 2001-2009
* Co-conducted the after school choir at Kwantlen Secondary in Surrey 2005
History: * Bachelor of Performing Arts – (Capilano, Langara, VCC, Douglas)
* Bachelor of Arts with a Major in music (piano performance and vocal education) -Trinity Western University
* Complete Gr. 10 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, complete first level ARCT
* Kelly Kirby Kindergarten Teacher
* Piano accredited Suzuki teacher
Judging: * Judge Surrey Idol 2010
* Judge Greek Day Idol 2012
* Final Revenge (South America) 2014
*Jury Member of Factor Canada 2014 to present day
Member of: *Member of Piano Teacher Federation
*Member of BC Music
*Member of the International Music and Entertainment Association, Inc.
*Member of The Registered Music Teacher Associations