Natalie Clein has been described by The Times as a “mesmerising” cellist who “plays everything with passion”.
Born in the United Kingdom, Natalie 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 and completed her studies with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Natalie Clein has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber, BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Orchestre de Lyon, New Zealand Symphony and Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, with conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Simonov, Heinrich Schiff, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Leonard Slatkin, Ilan Volkov and Mark Wigglesworth. In recital, Natalie has appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Centre, at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Proms, Manchester International Festival, and in Salzburg, Vienna, Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul.
A dedicated chamber musician, Natalie has collaborated with artists including Martha Argerich, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Imogen Cooper, Lars Vogt, Isabelle Faust, Anthony Marwood and Leif Ove Andsnes, and is the proud artistic director of her own chamber music festival in Purbeck, Dorset.
Natalie’s continuing commitment to the cello repertoire has included commissions and premieres of works by Thomas Larcher, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Sir John Tavener, Dobrinka Tabakova and Fyfe Dangerfield, as well as collaborations with the dancer Carlos Acosta and writer Jeanette Winterson.
Natalie recorded three CDs for EMI Classics and now records exclusively for Hyperion Records. In September 2014 she released a disc of the two Cello Concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze.
Highlights in 2014/15 include the premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Flood of Beauty at the Barbican Centre with the Britten Sinfonia; performances of the Complete Bach Suites in London, Southampton and Oxford; tours with the Royal Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; return dates with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Poznan Philharmonic and Recreation Orchestra Graz; recitals in Chile and a debut at the Esplanade concert hall in Singapore; and a series of four concerts which Natalie curates for BBC Radio 3 at LSO St Luke’s.
Natalie is a Professor at the Royal College of Music London. She plays the ‘Simpson’ Guadagnini cello of 1777.