A strong and unique artistic voice,
Natalia Harvey is one of Australia’s foremost and most versatile young violinists.
She is a laureate of international and national
competitions, including the Gisborne International
Music Competition (New Zealand) and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. As a soloist she has been described as an artist of “elegance” (Sydney Morning Herald) and “sincerity” (Performing Arts Hub).
Natalia studied violin with Tor Fromyhr at the Australian National University in her home town of Canberra, before completing further study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne with William Hennessy AM and Dr Robin Wilson.
During her studies she received the Kate Buchdahl Memorial Prize, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra String Scholarship, First Prize in the Canberra String Festival and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy Scholarship (Germany). She was a participant in the prestigious Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar (UK — masterclasses held online due to the pandemic).
Chamber music, especially string quartets, is Natalia’s greatest passion. She has performed chamber works with internationally acclaimed artists such as Anthony Marwood, Malin Broman and Pekka Kuusisto.
She is often engaged as a guest director and guest musician with quartets such as the Flinders Quartet, the Rathdowne Quartet and the Partridge Quartet, and appears as a guest artist/soloist at chamber music festivals such as the Four Winds Festival (NSW), the Coffs Harbour Chamber Music Festival (NSW), Music by the Springs (VIC) and the Warren Chamber Music Festival (NSW).
Natalia is a keen supporter and performer of new music and has enjoyed recording the works of contemporary composers as a soloist, as well as being engaged as a recitalist with new music advocates such as Michael Kieran Harvey and the Rubiks Collective.
Also an experienced period violinist, Natalia was the winner of the Holdsworth Family Bach Prize in the 2016 Gisborne International Music Competition (New Zealand) and a participant in the International School of Improvisation (Italy) in 2018, directed by baroque violin virtuoso Davide Monti.
Natalia is a member of various period ensembles around the country, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She is also a regular guest director and soloist with ensembles such as the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra.
Natalia was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2017 and has an active orchestral life, particularly with chamber orchestras.
She is currently Principal Second Violin of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
Natalia also studied Conducting at The Juilliard School (USA — online due to the pandemic) with Prof. Mark Shapiro, and is pursuing her interest in the principles of leadership and artistic directorship in the context of chamber music.