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Natalie Raney fell in love with the cello when she was nine years old after her coolest, childhood role model began playing it in the house next door.  Her journey has led her across the country and landed her in San Francisco.

She has had the opportunity to perform chamber music with such musicians as Kim Kashkashian, Menahem Pressler, Norman Fischer, Geoff Nuttall, Bonnie Hampton, Roberto Diaz, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, Paul Hersh, and the Arianna String Quartet.  While in her graduate studies, she was invited by the Muir String Quartet to participate in the Emerging Quartets and Composers Program, where she worked closely with composer Joan Tower.  During her chamber music studies in San Francisco , she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center as well as being a finalist for the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.  She has studied chamber music under members of the Tokyo, Pacifica, Brentano, Vermeer, Muir, Arianna, and Alexander String Quartets.

Natalie graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory receiving an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music studying with Jean-Michel Fonteneau.  She received her Master of Music degree at Boston University under Marc Johnson, former cellist of the Vermeer Quartet and received a Bachelor of Music under Kurt Baldwin and the Arianna Quartet at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 

Natalie was the founding cellist of Curium, a piano trio that highlights works by women composers. 

Natalie is a dedicated teacher and currently holds her own studio in San Francisco.  She is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College coaching chamber music.  Additionally, she has coached chamber music to young groups through the Lyceum Music Festival in Utah as well as Summer Music West in San Francisco.


Above photograph by Oscar Nuñez
Art in background of above photograph by
Jet Martinez