Schumann : Cello Concerto
20th May 2006
Born in 1977, Natalie Clein studied at the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship. After winning the 1994 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, she became the first British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Warsaw. She made her concerto début at the BBC Proms in August 1997, performing Haydns Concerto in C major with Sir Roger Norrington and the National Youth Orchestra, and went on to study in Vienna with Heinrich Schiff between 1997 and 2001.
Since then, Natalies career has continuously gained momentum: appearing in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, the Bridgewater Hall or Birminghams Symphony Hall, she has performed as a soloist with most of the UKs major orchestras, including the London Philharmonic (Rozhdestvensky), the English Chamber Orchestra, the CBSO, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra (Sir Neville Marriner, Paul Daniel), the London Mozart Players, the BBC Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Peter Oundjian), and most recently the Hallé Orchestra with a performance of the Lutoslawski concerto (under Heinrich Schiff). In 1999/2000 she was chosen by the BBC to take part in their New Generation Artists scheme in which talented young artists are featured in recital, chamber and concerto performances and a number of studio recordings for broadcast on Radio 3.
Natalie is in great demand as a recitalist and chamber music player, appearing at the Wigmore Hall, St Georges Bristol, Turner Sims Hall Southampton, the Cheltenham, City of London, Bath, Oxford and Prussia Cove Festivals, as well as in Australia (Perth International Chamber Music Festival), Canada (Vancouver Festival), France (Divonne Festival), Germany (Moritzburg, Heimbach Spannungen), Switzerland (Verbier), the Netherlands (Delft) and Ireland (West Cork Chamber Music Festival). Besides her regular recital partners - Julius Drake, Itamar Golan and Charles Owen - her chamber music collaborations include Martha Argerich, Melvyn Tan, Imogen Cooper, Stephen Kovacevich, Lars Vogt, Steven Isserlis, clarinetists Michael Collins, Sharon Kam and Emma Johnson, violinists Priya Mitchell and Isabelle Faust, as well as the Jerusalem and Takacs Quartets. Natalies debut recording, a recital disc with both Brahms Cello Sonatas and Schuberts Arpeggione Sonata with Charles Owen, is available on EMI/Classics for Pleasure.
This will be Natalies second appearance with Finchley Chamber Orchestra. Regular audience members will remember her magical performance of the Dvorák concerto with us last November (and perhaps also the intrusive sound of fireworks that failed to spoil it) and will welcome her back warmly.
Natalie plays on a superlative 1777 instrument by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini which has been purchased on her behalf by the Natalie Clein Cello Trust.