Natálie Kulina (1996) is a Czech violinist, focusing on contemporary music, new media, innovative programming of classical music and interdisciplinary projects.
Together with Portuguese violinist Francisca Portugal, she explores the surprising possibilities of a violin duo as Grimm Duette - by creating new arrangements of chamber or orchestral pieces, as well as commissioning new music and finding ways to use ensemble as small as eight strings in educational purposes and non-traditional environments.
Since 2021, she is a member of Ensemble Resilience, an innovative collective of musicians that aims to bring a new concept of sound to the contemporary music world.
She is currently also developing performance programmes for violin and electronics with elements of film and theatre collaborating with with composers and performers such as Arieh Chrem, as Duo Replica.
Alongside her studies and concert activities, Natálie is currently serving as a curator for the Echoes of Nothing series, developing side programming for Muziekgebouw aan't IJ.
She mostly focuses on music, literature, and audiovisual art of the last hundred years, however she has branched out into historically informed performance and free improvisation in some of her past projects.
Learn more about the variety of her work in the concert agenda.
Growing up in a family of visual artists and in the culturally abundant region of South Moravia, Natálie's cultivated interest in a wide array of art forms from an early age, eventually choosing to focus mainly on music.
She previously studied at the Brno conservatory with the first violin of the Janáček Quartet, Miloš Vacek, graduated her bachelor's degree in the class of the renowned soloist Ilya Grubert and earned her masters degree with specialisation in new music with Eliot Lawson and Heleen Hulst at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and she drew knowledge and artistic inspiration from masterclasses and collaborations with musicians such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Hubert Kroisamer, Alexandra Soumm, Milan Vitek, Ed Spanjaard, Anne Sophie Mutter, Josef Špaček, Per Enoksson or Ilya Gringolts, among many others.
Although she has since childhood performed recitals in several European countries and made appearances as a soloist with orchestras (Filharmonie Brno, Moravian Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonija Zielonogorska, to name a few), she has now established herself as a chamber musician, performing in venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Kleine Zaal, 2022 in works of Samuel Adams), Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Tivoli Vredenburg, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (among others) and leading, participating, or being invited as a guest in various ensembles (Score Collective, INSOMNIO, Moravian Chamber Orchestra,...) projects (Min Oh's film 'Attendee', MAAT saxophone quartet's album 'Ciudades',...) and festivals (Minimal Music Festival Amsterdam, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Gaudeamus) and is quickly gathering attention as a fresh performer of (not only) contemporary music.
Natalie works as a freelancer in Dutch orchestras (Nederlands Philhamonisch Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest) and as a project planning, branding and marketing consultant for classical musicians, drawing on her studies of Curatorial practices and leadership in music.
For her academic accomplishments Natalie was a grateful recipient of several scholarships both in Czech Republic and Netherlands.
Natalie plays violins from Czech luthier Tomáš Pilař and Dutch luthier Matthieu Besseling.