ABOUT

California native, Natalie Hagwood, was born into a musical family that nurtured her curiosity for numerous genres resulting in the versatile, multi-genre cellist and singer that she has become. Though classically trained as a cellist, Natalie has found her passion in collaborations with Celtic, bluegrass, and jazz bands. She is currently a member of Dear Darling, a folk trio known for its “harmonies tight enough that these three could be sisters” and compositions which “touch on themes such as self empowerment, unconditional love, and following your dreams.” While pursuing her bachelor's degree in cello performance at the University of Nevada Reno, she attended the Next Festival of Emerging Artists, the Montecito International Music Festival, and toured Germany with the Helmuth Rilling Weimar Bach Academy. In Seattle, WA, she studied with University of Washington professor, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, and Dr. Kevin Krentz and taught privately with The Seattle Cello Academy. She won the University of Washington Concerto Competition, soloing with the UW Symphony in March of 2018. She performed recently with the piano-cello duo, Duo Libra, and LA Phil Concertmaster, Martin Chalifour and held benefit concerts in Los Angeles to raise funds for the Paradise Campfire victims. Natalie enjoys song-writing, recording, and playing in multi-style bands. She currently teaches cello lessons in the greater Sacramento area and enjoys traveling, hiking, and watercolor painting.