When Natalie Clein won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1994 she chose to delay her entry into a worldwide career and go back to school.
In the same year she also became the first British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians - all this, aged just 16.
Following studies at London’s Royal College of Music, she spent five years in Vienna under the tutelage of the Austrian cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff, where her fellow students included Christian Polterà and Thomas Carroll.
Natalie made her Proms debut in 1997, and spent two years on the BBC’s New Generation Artists scheme.
She embarked on her first full season as a soloist with a gala concert at St John’s, Smith Square and a recital disc for EMI, coupling the two Brahms cello sonatas with Schubert’s 'Arpeggione' Sonata.