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Classical Studies: On a High Note... Keyed Up... A Religious Experience...

These young talents are taking traditional training in a new direction.

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WWD Music issue 08/30/2007
What would people never guess about you?

I am addicted to reality TV. "Project Runway," "The Amazing Race," "Survivor," I love them all. Also, I love any reality show with a cast of D-list celebrities. I have no idea who those people are, but it's a total train wreck and I can't stop watching.

What's your favorite wardrobe item at the moment?

I have this fabulous Rosemarie Umetsu dress from my New York Philharmonic debut. I feel beautiful in it. Nothing can make you feel better than a great dress.

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KEYED UP: At just 20 years old, piano virtuoso Natasha Paremski is no slave to tradition. Best known for her classical skills, the Russian-born, California-bred pianist champions new music and performs outside the concert hall, playing Tchaikovsky for a BBC film as well as pieces by jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch. Paremski, who is touring through October, made it clear that shopping is another one of her talents. "I do this thing where I save my money for a long time and then I go on major sprees twice a year," she says. "I just had one and bought the most amazing Gucci boots. Now I can't wait until it gets cold so I can wear them."
— J.G.

How is your stage style different from your street style?

On stage I have to wear a long gown, usually something formal. I buy a lot of Nicole Miller. In the summer when I do festivals, I can wear something a little less dressy, like black pants or a cocktail dress. I'm usually pretty casual on my down time. I love Elie Tahari, Juicy Couture, BCBG Max Azria and Marc by Marc Jacobs.

What would you never wear?

I don't like to wear leather pants or skirts. They just feel weird and aren't comfortable.

What are your style influences?

Magazines mostly. I love reading Vogue, Vanity Fair and Allure. I don't have a particular style icon.
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