Renowned cellist Natalie Clein has joined the University as Director of Musical Performance in the Music Faculty.
Ms Klein, who has been appointed for a four year term, regularly performs in Oxford’s major music venues, most recently performing the complete Bach cello suits in the Sheldonian Theatre.
As Director of Musical performance, she will take a leading role in concert programming, developing new artistic projects, and introducing new modes of teaching.
This will begin with a Bach project in autumn 2016 and visits from a number of leading contemporary composers.
The Faculty of Music at Oxford University is delighted to announce the appointment of cellist Natalie Clein as its Director of Musical Performance for the next four years.
The wider community in Oxford will also benefit from Ms Clein’s new position. On 1 June this year she will give a recital of Debussy, Kodály, Kurtág, Britten and Prokofiev with pianist Christian Ihle Hadland.
'Ever since I first visited Oxford as a student and then later as a professional cellist performing at the Sheldonian, Holywell and Jacqueline du Pré, it has occupied a place of great significance in my consciousness, both intellectually and artistically,' she said.
'So it is with great excitement that I take on this newly created position. My ambition over the next four years is to bring students, international artists and academics from across the cultural spectrum together in dialogue and a spirit of discovery.'
Michael Burden, Chairman of the Music Faculty, said: 'Natalie brings with her a wealth of experience and has already inspired an unprecedented response among the students.
'The integrity of her playing speaks for itself. Her time at the University has already been artistically productive for everyone who has the opportunity to work with her.'