Born in Dorset in 1977, Natalie Clein first came to widespread attention in 1994, aged 16, when she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, playing the Elgar Cello Concerto, a work which also brought her victory the same year in the first-ever Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians.
Subsequently, Clein studied at the Royal College of Music, where her teachers were Anna Shuttleworth and Alexander Baillie, and where now she is a Professor of Music. For four years, from 2015, Clein was Artist in Residence and Director of Musical Performance at Oxford University.
In addition to Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Clein’s discography includes recordings of the Kodály Cello Sonata, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, both of Haydn’s Cello Concertos, Bridge’s Cello Sonata, the cello version of Rebecca Clarke’s viola sonata, solo works by Bloch, Ligeti and Dallapiccola, Saint-Saëns’s first two cello concertos, Bloch’s Schelomo and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei. Details of these recordings can be read about here:
In addition to her recordings, Clein’s public performances have included concerts with the Philharmonia, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Montreal Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, New Zealand Symphony and Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires.
An enthusiastic chamber music performer, Clein has collaborated with many highly regarded artists, which include Leif Ove Andsnes, Henning Kraggerud, Christian Ihle Hadland, Cédric Pescia, Anthony Marwood and Barnabas Keleman. She has additionally worked with Martha Argerich, Paul Lewis, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Imogen Cooper, Lars Vogt and Isabelle Faust. Clein is also Artistic Director of the Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, which she founded in 2009.
Clein plays the ‘Simpson’ Guadagnini cello of 1777.