Natalie Helm joined the Sarasota Orchestra as principal cello during the 2016–17 season. She previously served as a member of the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra and as the cello fellow and principal cello of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Helm has appeared as a soloist with orchestras around the country, including the Dana Point Symphony; the Louisville and Colburn orchestras; and the World Youth, Montgomery, and Richardson symphony orchestras. She has performed with the American Contemporary Ballet, the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and the Yamaha Music Foundation.
Ms. Helm has won top prizes at several international competitions including the Lennox International and Blount-Slawson young artists competitions, and the Kingsville Young Performers Competition; and has appeared on NPR’s From the Top.
A native of Louisville, Ms. Helm studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received her bachelor of music degree in 2011; and with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School, where she received an artist diploma in 2014. She plays on a Raphael Di Blasio cello from 1803.