(c) Sussie Ahlburg
(c) Sussie Ahlburg

Natalie Clein

Natalie Clein has been described by the Times as a "mesmerising" cellist who "plays everything with passion".

Natalie 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, Ilan Volkov, Gennardi Rozhdestvensky, Heinrich Schiff, Sir Neville Marriner, Mark Wigglesworth and Paul Daniel.

In recital Natalie has appeared at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Centre, Birmingham Town Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Manchester International Festival, in Salzburg, Vienna, Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul. A dedicated chamber musician, Natalie has collaborated with artists including Martha Argerich, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Melvyn Tan, Imogen Cooper, Lars Vogt, Isabelle Faust, Anthony Marwood, and Pekka Kuusisto.

Highlights from recent seasons include the BBC Proms performing Gubaidulina's Canticle of the Sun and the European Premiere of John Tavener's Populus Meus, her debut with the Dortmund Philharmonic, a solo recital tour with a programme which included the sonata written for her by Thomas Larcher and Kodaly's sonata Op.8 in venues including Snape Maltings Aldeburgh, Bath Festival and Bridgewater Hall Manchester.

Natalie's continuing commitment to extending the cello repertoire has included both commissions and premieres of works by Thomas Larcher, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir John Tavener, Dobrinka Tabakova and Fyfe Dangerfield, and collaborations with the dancer Carlos Acosta and the writer Jeanette Winterson.

Born in the UK 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 before completing her studies with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. She won the 2005 Classical BRIT for Young British Performer, the Ingrid Zu Solms prize at the Kronberg Academy and in 2011  was made an honorary bencher at the Middle Temple.

Natalie recorded three CDs for EMI Classics including the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vernon Handley, and now records exclusively for Hyperion Records for whom her Kodaly recital disc will be followed in 2012 by a CD of works for cello and orchestra by Bloch and Bruch recorded with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Ilan Volkov..

Natalie plays the "Simpson" Guadagnini cello of 1777.