Ahead of Chamber 8’s Australian tour, the violinist shares some little-known gems from the chamber music repertoire.

The Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber 8 – eight of Australia’s finest musicians on the international stage – will tour the country in July. Violinist Natalie Chee is the third of the eight to answer Limelight‘s Eight for Chamber 8.

Natalie Chee, Chamber 8, Australian World OrchestraViolinist Natalie Chee. Photo © Daniel Boud

What is your favourite piece of chamber music and why?

Schubert String Quintet… there is no more heavenly piece of music ever written!

Three little-known chamber works that deserve to be heard more often?

Gustav Jenner’s String Quartet No 2

Philipp Jarnach’s String Quintet

Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s String Quartet No 3

Three of the most inspiring conductors you have ever played under?

Zubin Mehta (Mahler 1 and Le Sacre du Printemps with AWO), Sir Roger Norrington (Beethoven Symphonies with Camerata Salzburg) and Sakari Oramo (chief conductor of BBC Symphony Orchestra)

What are the greatest pleasures to be had playing chamber music?

When you are completely in sync with the people you are playing with there is nothing more thrilling or inspiring. It is like flying free-fall knowing no matter which direction you turn, you will manage to stay up in the air.

Three clichés about classical musicians that annoy you the most?

We are boring, conservative and take our profession too seriously.

A piece of chamber music you could happily never hear again?

I don’t have one!

What’s the most embarrassing thing that could (or has) happened to you playing chamber music?

Some things you just don’t want to think or talk about – and this is one of them!!!

The classical composer you would most like to play chamber music with and why?

Schumann. I adore his music and I would be fascinated to hear how he would play it.


The Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber 8 tours Australia July 24 – 31.

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