Natalie Chee, Violin
Natalie Chee was born in Sydney in 1976. She began learning the piano at the age of 4 and violin at the age of 6. From the age of 10 she studied violin with Alex Todicescu, professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and member of the Sydney String Quartet. In her teenage years, Natalie won numerous competitions and prizes in Australia, the most important being the ABC Young Performers of the Year competition in 1992 which resulted in her appearing as a soloist with all of the Australian Symphony Orchestras whilst she was still in high school.
In 1994 Natalie was accepted into the Soloist Class of Prof. Igor Ozim in Berne, Switzerland. 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 several CDs with prominent labels in Switzerland and Germany.
In 2000 Natalie won the position of 1st Concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg - a position she held until 2009. She appeared regularly as soloist and leader of this chamber orchestra all over the world. She directed the ensemble in Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Beijing Arts Festival, Warsaw Beethoven Festival and Vienna Konzerthaus - to name but a few - and collaborated regularly with artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Murray Perahia, Heinz Holliger and Trevor Pinnock. From 2009 until 2019 Natalie was the 1st Concertmaster of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. In 2019 she was appointed by the city of Cologne to become the 1st Concertmaster of the Gürzenich Orchestra.
Natalie Chee has appeared as guest concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Berne Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphoniker, Hanover State Opera, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Paris Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Camerata Salzburg, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Hanover State Opera Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. She is also a member and one of the concertmasters of the acclaimed Australian World Orchestra which was founded in 2011 and she is the first violin of the Hegel Quartet which was founded in 2010 together with members of the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra.
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