Saturday April 25, 2020, 10am – 12pm, $50

(Melbourne Australia time – via Zoom)

Here’s a rare chance to learn from world-renowned cellist, Natalie Haas. A maximum of seven participants will have the chance to work one on one with Natalie, and then  benefit further  through watching  Natalie’s lessons with the other cellists.   All levels of playing are welcome to join.

To register, email judy.quasitrad@icloud.com   All money will go directly to the artist.
If you would like help getting set up on Zoom, please get in touch and we’ll help you through the process.

About Natalie Haas

Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Their first album together, Fire & Grace, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. Natalie has also toured with Mark O’Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio. She and O’Connor premiered his double concerto for violin and cello, ¨For The Heroes¨, with the Grand Rapids, East Texas, and San Diego Symphonies. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Altan, Solas, and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. 

A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with cellist Fred Sherry, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her music journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by director Fraser, she began to investigate the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes, and to this day, the two continue to resurrect and reinvent the cello’s historic role in Scottish music.

Natalie’s skills as an educator make her one of the most in demand teachers at fiddle camps across the globe. She also teaches privately and in a workshop setting, and holds an associate professorship at the Berklee College of Music. Natalie now makes her home in Boston, where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.

¨Natalie basically wrote the book on the cello’s place in Celtic music.¨ – Peter Winter

¨In the hands of Natalie Haas, the cello becomes a truly magical instrument.” – Green Man

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