Cellist Natalie Kwok made her Carnegie Hall debut as first prize winner of the American Protégé International Competition in 2017 at the age of ten. She has gone on to perform both as soloist and chamber musician at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Southern California, and the Château de Chambord, Château du Clos Lucé, and La Madeleine Church in France. She has appeared as soloist with the Seraphim Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings and was a prizewinner in other competitions including the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Satori Strings Contest, the Los Angeles Violoncello Society, finalist in the Osaka International Music Competition, and awarded first laureate in Festival Bridge’s Winter Stars of Dresden. Most recently, Natalie has been invited as a quarterfinalist to Moscow for the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians representing the USA, and has been named a finalist and prizewinner in the Edith Knox Young Artists Performance Competition.
Natalie is an active chamber musician and orchestral player. She was a member of Chamber Music | OC’s distinguished Pre-College Program, has played with Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings, the Orange County Youth Symphony, is currently a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has been invited to NYO2 for its 2022 season. She actively contributes to fundraising activities in Orange County including the Pacific Academy Foundation, benefit concerts in response to California’s wildfire emergencies, at assisted living homes, and at children’s therapeutic centers.
Besides daydreaming about different eateries, Natalie also trains in Krav Maga self-defense and enjoys coding, karaoke nights, aggressively playing card games, and is a member of her school’s Advanced Science and Engineering Program.
You can find Natalie’s 2022 Spring Music Competition cello performance here.