Natalie Helm


Natalie Helm

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First Season with SO: 2016

A native of Louisville, KY, Natalie Helm joins the Sarasota Orchestra for the 2016-17 season as principal cellist. Most recently, she held the Principal and Cello Fellowship position for the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and currently is a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera. She studied with Peter Wiley and David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music in 2011, and with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School, where she received an Artist Diploma in 2014. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the country including the Dana Point Symphony, the Montgomery Symphony, the Richardson Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Colburn Symphony Orchestra; won top prizes at international competitions including the Lennox International Competition, Blount-Slawson Young Artist Competition, Kingsville Young Artist Competition, MTNA, and NPR's From the Top; and appeared with the American Contemporary Ballet, Domingo-Thorton Young Artist Program, and Yamaha Music Foundation.

Ms. Helm has performed as a chamber musician with musicians such as Daniel Hope, Robert Levin, Roberto Diaz, Ida Kavafian, Paul Coletti, Steve Tenenbom, Robert McDonald, A Far Cry and members of the Quatuor Ebene. In Los Angeles, she has performed in concerts with The Da Camera Society, the Colburn Chamber Music Series, and as a member of the LAGrand Ensemble. An avid supporter of new music, Ms. Helm has worked with wild Up, the Curtis 20/21 ensemble, and the Colburn Contemporary Ensemble, premiering several new works and collaborating with composers such as Richard Danielpour, Joan Towers, Jennifer Higdon, Krzysztof Penderecki, Christopher Rogerson, and Michael Djupstrom.

Ms. Helm has spent her summers as a Beth Newdome Fellowship Artist at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, a Young Artist at Music From Angel Fire, and a member of the Curtis On Tour in Europe Ensemble. In 2011 and 2012 Ms. Helm was a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, where she received the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award; other festivals include the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Taos Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, and Interlochen Arts Camp.

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

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 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

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

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 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.  

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 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.  

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

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 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

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 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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