14 October 2017

Upcoming events

Sunday 24th November
7:30pm  Albert Hall, Nottingham

Nottingham Youth Orchestra

Saturday 15th February 2020
20:00  Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Oxford University Orchestra


Tuesday 18th February 2020
19:00 Matlock

Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra

18th April 2020

National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain

Saturday 24th November 2020
20:00 Cambridge

Cambridge University Orchestra







10 February 2006

Biography

Natalia Luis-Bassa is a Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music and a part-time lecturer at Huddersfield University.

In the UK, she has worked with orchestras such as Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, Southbank Sinfonia.

As an advocate for music education for young people Natalia has established a long-standing association with the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain and has built strong relationships with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Oasby Music Group, Derby & Derbyshire Schools' Orchestra, Yorchestra, Kent County Symphony Orchestra, Six Counties Symphony Orchestra/Cerddoriaeth Ieuenctid y Chwe Sir, Nottingham Youth Orchestra, Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra.  She has also taken her work and efforts to promote orchestral practice beyond the borders and has collaborated with the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) in Qatar in 2016 and at The Asia Pacific Activities Conference (APAC) in Beijing, China in 2018.

Her advocacy for music education takes her to create links between the University Orchestras around the world, participating in concerts and workshops with the Oxford University Orchestra, Cambridge University Orchestra, Kent Youth Symphony Orchestra, Leeds College of Music, University of Madison Symphony Orchestra - Wisconsin, USA.

Promoting the conducting craft for young people has been a highlight in her career and her workshops have been successful around the country.

Natalia has been principal conductor of Hallam Sinfonia, Haffner Orchestra, Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK and Orquesta Sinfonica de Falcon in Venezuela.  She was invited to be the first woman to conduct the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and has been invited to work with orchestras around the world including Bombay Chamber Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra among others.

Natalia began her musical studies at the world famous El Sistema in Venezuela. She read music at the University Institute of Musical Studies (IUDEM), being the first person to obtain a degree in Orchestral Conducting in her native country.

Completing her Postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London, she held the RCM Junior Fellowship in Opera Conducting for two years in which she won the Michael Mudie Conducting Prize and the Ricordi Prize.

Natalia holds a Master’s degree from the Huddersfield University and since 2007 has been appointed Elgar Ambassador an honour that she received from the Elgar Society Prize.  She participated in The Maazel-Vilar Conducting Competition and holds the second prize.

She furthered her studies in masterclasses with George Hurst, Lorin Maazel, and had a close mentorship with Sir Colin Davis.

Biografía

Natalia Luis-Bassa es actualmente Directora Titular la Hallam Sinfonia al norte de Inglaterra. Después de obtener el segundo premio en la Maazel-Vilar Conductor’s Competition en Nueva York, en septiembre de 2002, Natalia ha trabajado con ensambles y orquestas tales como la Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar, Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, Bombay Chamber Orchestra y Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra.

A los quince años Natalia comenzó sus estudios de Oboe en el Conservatorio de la Orquesta Juvenil de Venezuela y un tiempo después obtuvo el titulo de Licenciada en Música en el Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales IUDEM, convirtiéndose de este modo, en la primera persona en obtener el diploma en dirección de orquesta en su país.

Durante dos años asumió el cargo de Directora Musical de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Falcón y en 1995 viajo a Londres- Inglaterra auspiciada por la Fundación Calcaño, para continuar sus estudios en el Royal College of Music, institución que luego de dos años le otorgo el premio RCM Opera Conducting Junior Fellowship, ganando así una pasantía en la especialización de dirección de opera.

La directora de orquesta venezolana recibió de manos de la Elgar Society, el premio Elgar 2007 a la mejor interpretación de una obra del compositor inglés Edward Elgar. Luis-Bassa, quien obtuvo el título de Magister en Música de la Universidad de Huddersfield, fue designada “embajadora de la música de Elgar”, tras haber interpretado la Segunda Sinfonía con la Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra.

Durante el verano de 2007 Natalia visitó Venezuela para interpretar nuevamente la sinfonía, esta vez con la Orquesta de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar, obteniendo excelentes comentarios de la crítica calificada.

En Agosto de 2008 Natalia participó en una serie de la BBC llamada Maestro, siendo la tutora de David Soul.

Desde Septiembre de 2009 pasa a formar parte de cuerpo de profesores del Royal College of Music de Londres.

Recientemente fue nombrada directora de la Orquesta del Wellington College, al Sur de Inglaterra y cercana colaboradora de la Orquesta Nacional Infantil de Gran Bretaña.