Natalie Clein

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Natalie Clein (born 25 March 1977, Poole, Dorset) is a British classical cellist. Her mother is a professional violinist. Her sister is the actress Louisa Clein.

Clein started playing the cello at the age of six, and studied with Anna Shuttleworth and Alexander Baillie at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship. She has also studied with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.

Clein came to prominence after winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1994 with her performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto. She was the first British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Warsaw, playing the Shostakovich Sonata and Elgar's concerto. Her other awards include the Ingrid zu Solms Cultur Preis at the 2003 Kronberg Academie and the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Performer of 2005.

Clein made her concerto debut at The Proms in August 1997, performing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major with Sir Roger Norrington and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain.

In 1999 she was invited as one of the first artists to join the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme. She is also a regular chamber musician with such musicians as Julius Drake, Charles Owen and Kathryn Stott, as well as the Belcea Quartet, Jerusalem Quartet, Takács Quartet, and the Nash Ensemble.

Clein has collaborated with author Jeanette Winterson on a performance piece which utilises Bach's Goldberg Variations in conjunction with Winterson's text. Clein played at the ceremony of Winterson's wedding to Susie Orbach in 2015. She has also worked with choreographer and dancer Carlos Acosta.

Clein released an all-Kodály recording in 2009 on Hyperion Records. Previously, she recorded for EMI Classics where her debut recording, a recital disc of Brahms and Schubert cello sonatas with Charles Owen was released in October 2004 on the EMI 'Classics for Pleasure' imprint and her recording of the Chopin and Rachmaninov Cello Sonatas with Charles Owen was released on 25 September 2006. Her EMI recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth, was released in September 2007.

Clein joined the professorial staff at Trinity College of Music, London in September 2009. She plays on the "Simpson" Guadagnini cello (1777).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Romantic Cello Rachmaninov, Chopin; Natalie Clein, Charles Owen 1
2007 Cello Concerto Elgar; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Natalie Clein 1
2010 Sonata for Solo Cello / Adagio / Sonatina / Epigrams / Romance Lyrique for Cello and Piano Kodály; Natalie Clein, Julius Drake 1
2012 Bloch: Voice in the Wilderness / Schelomo / From Jewish Life / Bruch: Kol Nidrei Ernest Bloch, Max Bruch; Natalie Clein, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov 1
2014 The Romantic Cello Concerto, Volume 5 Saint‐Saëns; Natalie Clein, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze 2

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