NATALIE CLEIN

LARA ST. JOHN

British cellist Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide. She is an exclusive recording artist for Hyperion and has recently recorded the two Cello Concertos by Camille SaintSaëns as well as Bloch’s Schelomo and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to great critical acclaim. A solo disc with works by Bloch, Ligeti and Dallapiccola will be released in February 2017. She has previously released 3 discs for EMI.

Her 2015/16 season started with a performance of Schelomo with the Orkiestra Symfoniczna NFM and Benjamin Shwartz in Wroclaw, and further highlights this season include a return to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to perform Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, a recital at the Wigmore Hall with Christian Ihle Hadland and performances at the Stavanger Chamber Music Festival in Norway in summer 2016. Further ahead, she will tour the US with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the UK with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with Libor Pešek and appear with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France with Michael Hofstetter. Other recent performances have taken Natalie Clein to orchestras including the Philharmonia, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, New Zealand Symphony and Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires.

She has performed with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Leonard Slatkin, Stéphane Denève and Heinrich Schiff. Highlight of the 2014/15 season included the world premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Flood of Beauty at the Barbican Centre with the Britten Sinfonia, concerts with the Recreation Orchestra Graz, as well as tours with the Royal Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestras. A keen recital and chamber performer, she has recently performed Bach’s Complete Cello Suites in London, Southampton and Oxford; and has curated a series of four concerts for BBC Radio 3 at LSO St Luke’s. She regularly collaborates with artists including Sergio Tiempo, Håvard Gimse, Anthony Marwood and Leif Ove Andsnes. She has also worked with Martha Argerich, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Imogen Cooper, Lars Vogt, Isabelle Faust, and is the proud artistic director of her own chamber music festival in Purbeck, Dorset.

She regularly works with contemporary composers such as Thomas Larcher, Brian Elias, Dobrinka Tabakova and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and has also curated and been involved in crossdisciplinary projects with the dancer Carlos Acosta, writer Jeanette Winterson and director Deborah Warner amongst others.

In 2015, Natalie Clein was appointed Artist in Residence and Director of Musical Performance at Oxford University for 4 years, taking a leading role in concert programming, in developing new artistic projects, and in introducing new modes of teaching. A Bach project is scheduled to begin in the autumn of 2016, along with visits from a number of leading contemporary composers.

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. She completed her studies with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.

Natalie is a Professor at the Royal College of Music London. She plays the ‘Simpson’ Guadagnini cello of 1777.


She is a graceful, lyrical player with a sound like a fine-spun silver thread.
— London Times