PLAYER PROFILE – NATALIE CHEE, VIOLIN

1st Concertmaster – SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

 

“Australian musicians have an enthusiasm for music and love of performing, which is unique and must stem from the time we spent growing up and playing in youth orchestras in our home country. The Australian World Orchestra is an event not to be missed and I can’t wait to be a part of it again this year!”

 

 

Hometown/Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia

Australian Education: Ravenswood School for Girls

Overseas Education: Soloist Diploma, Ignor Ozim in Berne, Switzerland

Prizes/Awards: ABC young performers of the year (1992)

 

Biography:

 

Natalie Chee began her musical career at the age of 4 on piano. By age 10 she studied violin with Alex Todicescu, a professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and member of the Sydney String Quartet.

After winning numerous competitions and prizes in Australia, a young teenage Natalie appeared as a soloist with all of the Australian Symphony Orchestras whist she was in still in high school. In 1994 Natalie was accepted into the Soloist Class of Prof. Igor Ozim in Berne, Switzerland where she received her Soloist Diploma in 1998 with High Distinction.

Still a student, Natalie was invited to become a member of Camerata Bern in the position of 2nd violin leader. During this time, she also co-founded the chamber music ensemble ‘Tiramisu’ and the Mozart Piano Quartet. She toured North and South America, Europe and Australia with these groups and made prominent labels in Switzerland and Germany.

In 2000, Natalie won the position of 1st Concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg – a position she held until 2009. In 2009, Natalie became 1st Concertmaster of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. This is the position she currently holds. She is a regular guest Concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was given the honour of leading this orchestra in the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ in 2014.

 

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