Described by the London Times as a "mesmerising" cellist who "plays everything with
passion", Natalie Clein is firmly established amongst Britain's leading artists.
Natalie has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal
Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Scottish National, BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Bournemouth Symphony, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, City of Birmingham
Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Lyon,
Stavanger Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Western Australia Symphony,
Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and Utah Symphony.
Conductors with whom Natalie has worked include Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark
Elder, Gennardi Rozhdestvensky, Sir Andrew Davis, Heinrich Schiff, Sir Neville
Marriner, Mark Wigglesworth and Paul Daniel.
In recital Natalie performs regularly with Julius Drake and Katya Apekisheva, and has
appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Centre, Birmingham Town
Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Manchester International Festival, in Salzburg,
Vienna, Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Natalie has
collaborated with artists including Martha Argerich, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside,
Melvyn Tan, Imogen Cooper, Lars Vogt, Steven Isserlis, Isabelle Faust, Priya
Mitchell, Antony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Polina Leshenko, and Krzysztof
Natalie is also committed to extending the cello repertoire and has commissioned
and premiered works by Thomas Larcher, Peter Maxwell Davis, John Tavener,
Francis Grier, Dobrinka Tabakova and Fyfe Dangerfield, and collaborated in
performance with the dancer Carlos Acosta and the writer Jeanette Winterson.
Born in the UK Natalie first came to widespread attention at the age of sixteen when
she won both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Eurovision Competition
for Young Musicians. As a student, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the
Queen Mother Scholarship by the Royal College of Music before completing her
studies with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Other awards include a Classical Brit for
Young British Performer of 2005.
Natalie records for Hyperion Records as an exclusive artist, releasing a CD of works
by Kodaly to critical acclaim. For EMI Classics she recorded two recital discs and the
Elgar Cello Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vernon Handley.
Natalie plays the “Simpson” Guadagnini cello of 1777.
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