Natalie is one of the most sought-after “cello-fiddlers” in music today. Her work in that area is groundbreaking and innovative. Because her skills in that area are so exceptional, she has also become a valuable asset to the classical music world. (She is a also graduate of the Juilliard School in NYC, where she studied with cellist Fred Sherry.) She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twelve years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique acoustic duo sound. Natalie has also toured with Mark O’Connor as a member The Appalachian Waltz Trio. Haas and O’Connor premiered O’Connor’s double concerto for violin and cello, “For The Heroes,” with the Grand Rapids, East Texas, and San Diego Symphonies. As a studio musician, Natalie has been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster and Irish super-group Solas. Her kid sister is the old-time fiddle great, Brittany Haas.
In addition to having extensive classical music training, Natalie is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle styles. Her musical journey began with the cello at age nine and found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by the founder, Alasdair Fraser, she began to investigate the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes, and to this day, the two continue to resurrect and reinvent the cello in its historic role in Scottish music.
Natalie’s skills as an educator and her welcoming classroom demeanor make her one of the most sought after teachers at fiddle camps and schools in North America, New Zealand, Spain, and Scotland. She has held a professorship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has given workshops at such prestigious musical institutions as the Juilliard School and McGill University. She now makes her home in Montreal where she is an active member of the traditional music scene.
Discography with Alasdair Fraser:
Highlander’s Farewell 2011
In the Moment 2007
Fire and Grace 2004 (Winner of the Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards)
Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol. 2 2004