violinist & composer
British violinist and composer Natalie Klouda was born in Suffolk and received her early training at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she was greatly influenced by Yehudi Menuhin. A project to write compositions for his 80th Birthday engaged her passion for both chamber music performance and composition.
As a chamber musician Natalie has performed in major venues across Europe and in the USA including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and Carnegie Halls and has recorded for the Resonus Classics label.
Natalie was a founding member of the award winning Finzi Quartet, and prizes for their performances included the Austrian ‘Wiener Klassik Prize’ for interpretations of Joseph Haydn, 1st Prize in the 2010 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and a Swiss Global Artistic Foundation Award.
Recent seasons have included performances and collaborations with the Heath Quartet, Ensemble 360, Ossian Ensemble, Solstice Quartet, Jigsaw Players, Manchester Collective, and Ligeti Quartet.
Commissioned and recorded by the Monte Piano Trio, Natalie’s Piano Trio No.1 ‘Fantasy Triptych’ has been aired on radio in Finland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and in the USA and was described by Helen Wallace of BBC Music Magazine as “a work with a future, no doubt”. It was also performed by the Kungsbacka Trio at Kings Place for BBC Radio 3 in March 2019.
During lockdown Natalie was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to write ‘Nightscapes 2020’, a solo piano work which was Premiered by Isata Kanneh-Mason at the Wigmore Hall and broadcast as part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day in March 2021.
Recent premieres have included her Piano Quintet dedicated to violinist, Alma Rosé and commissioned by the Brunidbár Arts Festival 2022 as well as Piano Trio No.2 commissioned by the Investec International Music Festival 2022, and premiered by the Sitkovetsky Piano Trio in May 2022 (which the Strad Magazine listed as ‘Premiere of the Month’).
Alongside her performing and composition work, Natalie is also Co-director & Founder of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival.