Director of Performance
British cellist Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide. Her playing has been praised for its “astonishing range of colours and ... wide variety of expressive styles” (Gramophone Magazine).
She is an exclusive recording artist for Hyperion and has recently recorded the two Cello Concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns 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 Benjamin Shwartz in Wroclaw, and further highlights this season include a return to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, 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.
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 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 cross-disciplinary projects with the dancer Carlos Acosta, writer Jeanette Winterson and director Deborah Warner amongst others.