The Kennedy Center

Natalia Zukerman


The daughter of classical musicians Eugenia and Pinchas Zukerman, Natalia grew up studying first on violin but went on to find her own sound in other strings – those on slide guitar, lap steel and dobro. Since her debut in 2001, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Natalia Zukerman has expanded her craft to include blues, jazz, Americana, bossa nova and flamenco, all anchored by her virtuosic slide guitar playing. The New Yorker described her approach by saying, "Natalia's voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth." Her strong spirit of collaboration has led to working with the likes of Janis Ian, Susan Werner, Erin McKeown, Willy Porter and many more. In 2008, she joined with fellow musicians Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson and Anne Heaton to form Winterbloom, a group that writes, records and tours original and traditional winter-themed songs. Her seventh album, "Come Thief, Come Fire" was released in September 2014 on Talisman Records and has been characterized as "A celebration of light and dark and the beauty of the human heart." Zukerman has also performed at festivals such as Lilith Fair, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and more. She is currently running her own mural and portrait painting business, touring internationally and working on obtaining her Master's Degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Photo by Shira Lainez.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/25/2015: Natalia Zukerman and The JT Project

The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist performs on a double bill with the jazz/soul/R&B group created by keyboardist/bassist Jacob Webb and saxophonist Todd Schefflin for a night of jazz, soul, and great guitar. Part of Songwriters: The Next Generation, presented by The ASCAP Foundation.