Cellist Natalie Clein has been named Director of Performance at the Faculty of Music at Oxford University. For the next four years, Natalie will take a principal role in the programming of concerts, the developing of new artistic projects and the introduction of new modes of teaching.
Natalie has given recitals at all the major venues in the city of Oxford, most recently performing Bach’s Cello Suites at the Sheldonian Theatre last year. On 1 June this year, she will be joined by Christian Ihle Hadland to give a recital of works by Debussy, Kodály, Kurtág, Britten and Prokofiev. A Bach project is scheduled to begin in the autumn of 2016, along with visits from a number of leading contemporary composers.
Music Faculty Chairman Michael Burden spoke of the Faculty’s delight at her appointment: “Natalie brings with her a wealth of experience and has already inspired an unprecedented response among the students. The integrity of her playing speaks for itself. Her time at the University has already been artistically productive for everyone who has the opportunity to work with her.”
Natalie shares Michael Burden’s enthusiasm as she outlined her vision for the Faculty: “Ever since I first visited Oxford as a student and then later as a professional cellist performing at the Sheldonian, Holywell and Jacqueline du Pré, it has occupied a place of great significance in my consciousness, both intellectually and artistically. So it is with great excitement that I take on this newly created position. My ambition over the next four years is to bring students, international artists and academics from across the cultural spectrum together in dialogue and a spirit of discovery.”