Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas,

Ensemble

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum from intimate chamber music to ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 20 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences with their virtuosic playing, near-telepathic understanding and joyful spontaneity.

Fraser's career spans over 30 years with a long list of awards, radio and television credits, and feature performances on movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's-who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser: his search eventually led him to find Natalie, an adept and powerful player who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, Scotland's equivalent of a Grammy. Since its 2004 release, the two have made four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In addition to performing, they continue to motivate generations of string players by leading and teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.