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 over 20 years, wowing audiences worldwide with their unique sound. She has also toured with Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Solas, Liz Carroll, and Dirk Powell.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, 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. 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 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.