Natalie Helm

Principal

Natalie Helm

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Cello

Principal

First year with SO: 2016

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Instrument: Ms. Helm plays on a Raphael di Blasio cello from 1803.


Education:
Bachelor of Music - Curtis Institute of Music; Artist Diploma - Colburn School of Music

Biography:
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.

Passions/Interests:
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.

Reviews

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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