Natalie Haas

USA / Quebec

Vibrant young musician Natalie Haas is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She and master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured together as a duo for years, creating a buzz at festivals and concerts throughout Europe and North America. Natalie has also toured extensively 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. Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Solas and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon 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. Her musical 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 in its historic role in Scottish music.

Her and Fraser’s duo recordings, Abundance, Highlander’s Farewell, In the Moment and their debut, Fire and Grace (Winner of the Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004), are providing a great deal of inspiration to other players. Natalie is in high demand as a teacher at fiddle camps and workshops throughout North America and in Europe. She has held a professorship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She now makes her home in Montreal where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.

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