Venezuelan violinist Natalie Calma (Natalie Cristina Calma Gomez), currently based in Boston, is an enthusiast of new music and improvisation. She is dedicated to promoting living, contemporary music in all of its forms, collaborating closely with dozens of composers, including Peter Eotvos, Salvatore Sciarrino, Joan Tower, and Nico Muhly.
In recent years, Natalie has been involved in a number of contemporary music ensembles and festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Deer Valley Music Festival, The Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival, Boston University’s Center for New Music, Original Gravity Concert Series, August Noise JP, Juventas Ensemble, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Additionally, Natalie is the co-founder of the violin-marimba ensemble, Balletik Duo, which is focused on supporting, collaborating with, and commissioning works by Boston composers at local venues. She is a founding member of the Semiosis Quartet, an ensemble that seeks both to expand the string quartet repertoire by fostering close relationships with living composers, as well as to present some of the great works within the canon of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Natalie is also a co-creator of Box Not Found, a violin and clarinet duo that seeks to build and cultivate the foundations for alternative streams of new music while also generating a positive impact on both the local and global communities.
Since 2014, Natalie has been on the violin faculty with the Wellesley Public Schools’ Instrumental and Vocal Extension Program. She is also featured on the soundtrack of Baskets (season 2) on FX.
Natalie also seeks to enrich her local community beyond the circle of contemporary music. She has been a Big Sister for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. She is a frequent volunteer with The Well Coffee House, a non-profit, volunteer-driven coffee shop which desires to be a blessing to the community by donating all profits to local charities. She also teaches Spanish in her community of East Boston.
Natalie holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Boston Conservatory (BM), where she studied with Lynn Chang, and Boston University (MM), where she studied with Dana Mazurkevich.
Natalie plays on a violin made by Venezuelan luthier Matias Herrera, and a bow made by Venezuelan luthier Eduardo "Guayo" Gonzales.