First year with SO: 2016
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Instrument: Ms. Helm plays on a Raphael di Blasio cello from 1803.
Bachelor of Music - Curtis Institute of Music; Artist Diploma - Colburn School of Music
Principal Cello of the Sarasota Orchestra, American cellist Natalie Helm has been praised by Fox News as having a sound that "catches the attention of the room" and "leaves a lasting impression". LA Times proclaimed the audience "was transfixed" by her performance that was "handled ardently". A cellist of "musical grace" and extraordinary versatility, Ms. Helm enjoys a dynamic career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and educator. Ms. Helm's recent engagements include appearances with the Dana Point Symphony, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and recitals throughout the United States. She was named Artist in Residence and Principal Cello of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 season. Other appearances include performances with the Richardson Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Colburn Orchestra.
Music is a powerful elixir for change and Ms. Helm has embraced this idea through Upward Notes. As the founder, she brings musicians together to perform and create opportunities to bring positive social change to the communities she works in. Upward Notes has performed for prisoners, homeless shelters, dementia patients, and assisted living facilities throughout the United States.