Photo: Sussie Ahlburg
Violinist, Festival Founder & Co-director
British violinist and composer Natalie Klouda received her early training at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she was greatly influenced by Lord Menuhin. A project to write compositions for Yehudi Menuhin's 80th Birthday engaged her passion for composition and chamber music performance.
As a chamber musician Natalie has performed in major venues across Europe including the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Sony Auditorium Madrid and Queen Elizabeth Hall and has recorded for the Resonus Classics label. International performance prizes include the Austrian ‘Wiener Klassik Prize’ for interpretations of Joseph Haydn, 1st Prize in the 2010 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and a Swiss Global Artistic Foundation Award.
Natalie was a founding member of the award winning Finzi Quartet and has since collaborated with ensembles such as the Mercury Quartet, Ossian Ensemble and Ensemble 360 as well as with artists such as Nicola Benedetti, Christoph Richter, Priya Mitchell and Alexander Sitkovetsky. This summer, Natalie performed alongside Indian film legend A R Rahman at the London 02 Arena.
As a composer, Natalie’s solo violin work "Three Glimpses" was performed at the 2011 Avignon International Violin Competition Gala Concert and following this Natalie was commissioned to write an Olympics inspired Quartet “Five Rings” which was premiered in London during the 2012 Olympics. Recent commissions include a new piano trio for the Monte Piano Trio which was premiered at the Schumannhaus, Bonn and will be released on disc in 2017.
Natalie is a founder and joint Artistic Director of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival and is a Tutor in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music.