Natalie is a free-lance classical and pop harpist based in Nashville, TN. She began studying the harp at age seven with Juli Miller and later Franziska Huhn in Boston. During the summers, she attended the Interlochen Arts Center for Music and Dance and Boston University Tanglewood University Institute, where she studied with Ann Hobson-Pilot, former principal harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, when her family moved to Israel, she began studying with the late Irena Kaganofsky, former principal harpist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. In lieu of her senior year at high school, she attended the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Natalie received her B.M. in Harp Performance at the renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where she studied with world-famous harpist, Susann McDonald. At IU, she also studied with guest teachers such as Sarah Bullen, principal harpist of the Chicago Symphony, Elizabeth Hainen, principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Maria-Luisa Rayan-Forerro, international soloist. In her senior year at IU, she won the prestigious harp concerto competition and performed Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto di Aranjuez with the IU Concert Orchestra. She has participated in numerous music festivals in France, where she studied with Isabelle Moretti, professor of harp at the Paris Conservatory, Isabelle Perrin, professor of harp at Ecole Normale, and Marie-Pierre Langlamet, principal harpist at the Berlin Philharmonic. She also spent two months in France studying with Germaine Lorenzini, honorary harpist of the National Orchestra of Lyon.
Her instrumental cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” in 2011 with cellist, Avi Levi, received over a quarter of a million views and was featured in the HarpColumn’s article on “Best YouTube Harp Videos.” In 2012, she teamed up with percussionist, Evan Chapman, to record and film a cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Within 24 hours, the video earned thousands of views and recognition by the artist himself. He tweeted the video and invited the two to see him perform and meet him backstage at his show in Chicago.
After graduating from Indiana University, Natalie relocated to Nashville to pursue a career as a pop and singer/songwriter harpist and recorded her debut album, “Ebb & Flow,” in Muscle Shoals where she worked with famous session artists Spooner Oldham, David Hood, and Harvey Thompson. Upon release, she spent several months touring and performing all over the United States, and was invited to participate in a masterclass with Park Stickney and perform at Lyon & Healy’s 150th Anniversary in Chicago.
She is now recording her second record under the name Natalie Lurie, is part of a Nashville alternative-classical ensemble, Chatterbird, and plays harp and sings in a folk-duo called Mable & Beaufort. Natalie is also an active harp teacher in both classical and commercial harp, with several years of teaching experience and maintains a private studio in Nashville. She also plays harp for weddings and private events. Please contact her for details about events and lessons.