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Natalie Helm

Natalie Helm

Natalie Helm is Principal Cello of the Sarasota Orchestra and her playing has been praised by Fox News, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and People Magazine. A native of Kentucky, she started playing the cello at age eleven, and is a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, the Colburn School She appeared in solo, chamber music, and orchestral solo performances throughout the U.S. before joining the Sarasota Orchestra. A top prize winner in several international competitions, she has also played with the Des Moines Metro Opera, Curtis Institute's Summerfest, and is an Associate Faculty of the Sarasota Music Festival.

Helm is also founder of Upward Notes, bringing musicians together to perform and let music create change in prisons, homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities throughout the U.S.

Natalie plays an 1803 Rafael di Blasio cello, which she has named "Ricky". Maybe we can find out why when she visits Music Mondays.