Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the organ instrument.
The laureate of a number of international organ competitions Natalia Uzhvi comes from Moscow. She studied the organ first at the academic lyceum under G. V. Semenova. Then she continued at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow under N. H. Gurrewa-Wedernikova. In 2011 she graduated with distinction and started her Master degree study at the Musik Hochschule in Lubeck under A. Gast. She has taken part in many masterclasses led by leading professors such as J. Guillou, L. Rogg, O. Latry, B. van Oosten and L. Lohmann. She has succeeded at various international competitions, e. g. Kazan and Moscow (2nd Prize), J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig (a special prize of the Barenreiter publishing house), G. Silbermann Competition in Freiberg (where she advanced to the finals), D. Buxtehude Competition in Lubeck (3rd Prize). Since 2014 she has been a deputy organist at St. Mary church in Lubeck. Two years ago she became a regenschori of St. Severini church in Hamburg. Her rich concert career has led her to many European countries and native Russia where she also takes part in organising the international organ competition “Young organist” in Moscow and is a member of the jury board.
The St. James´s organ is the largest organ in Prague and second largest in the Czech Republic. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705 by Abraham Stark of Loket.
The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.