Natalie Clein

Role

Visiting Professorial Staff - Cello

Contact details

Address:

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

Biography

Natalie Clein made her concerto debut at the BBC Proms in 1997 and has since performed as a soloist with all of the UK’s top orchestras with conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Gennardi Rozhdestvensky, Sir Andrew Davis, Heinrich Schiff (with whom she studied in Vienna), Sir Neville Marriner, Mark Wigglesworth and Paul Daniel.

She is in great demand as a recitalist and, in addition to the major UK venues, she has given recitals in Tokyo, Seoul, New York (Lincoln Center), Copenhagen, Vienna and Salzburg. Her recital partners have included Kathryn Stott, Steven Kovacevich, Julius Drake, Katya Apekisheva, Wayne Marshall, Itamar Golan, Charles Owen, Polina Leschenko and she has recently formed a partnership with the Chinese guitarist, Xuefei Yang.

She is an avid chamber musician and regularly invited to perform with the Jerusalem, Takacs and Belcea quartets as well as the Nash Ensemble. Each summer she takes part in many of the world’s great international chamber festivals where she has collaborated with Martha Argerich, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Melvyn Tan, Imogen Cooper, Lars Vogt, Steven Isserlis, clarinetists Michael Collins, Sharon Kam, Chen Halevi and Emma Johnson, oboist Nick Daniel and violinists Antony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Isabelle Faust and Priya Mitchell.

She has recently formed a piano quartet with Alexander Sitkovetsky, Krzysztof Chorzelski and Polina Leshenko.Natalie has premiered works by composers such as Peter Mawell-Davies, Thomas Larcher and Elvis Costello and is passionate about combining traditional repertoire with more experimental pieces and reaching out to new audiences.

Recent commissions include works by the Drum n Bass artist ‘GOLDIE’ following their appearances together on the BBC Television ‘Maestro’ competition and a solo work by Fyfe Dangerfield. She has ventured into the realms of improvisation with Simon Fisher-Turner and Matthew Barley and has commissioned Shiva Feshareki to write a piece for Cello and Turntables entitled Critical Distortions. Natalie Clein plays on the 'Simpson' Guadagnini cello (1777).

Qualifications / Educational Background

Graduate of the Royal College of Music
Former pupil of Heinrich Schiff

Creative Outputs

Recordings:

  • 2007 - Elgar Cello Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI Classics
  • Brahms Cello Sonatas
  • Schubert's Arpeggione and 'The Romantic Cello'
  • Rachmaninov's Sonata
  • Chopin's Sonata and Polonaise

Awards

Awards:

  • 1994 BBC's Young Musician of the Year
  • 1994 Winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians
  • 2003 Ingrid zu Solms Cultur Preis, Kronberg Academie
  • 2005 Classical Brit Award for Young British Performer
  • 2008 Nomination Classical Brits' Best Female Artist category

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