Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She and Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, delighting audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Their first album, Fire & Grace, won Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004--Scotland's equivalent of a Grammy. Natalie 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 her extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of folk 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 an in-demand teacher at fiddle camps across the globe. She also teaches privately and in a workshop setting, and holds an associate professorship at Berklee College of Music. Natalie now makes her home in Boston, where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.