New Zealand-born violinist, educator and arts entrepreneur Natalie Lin is the founder of KINETIC, a conductorless chamber ensemble based in Houston, Texas. Comprised of 16 diverse and passionate chamber musicians, KINETIC has been praised for their “visually arresting… superb performance[s],” as well as their “thoughtful, incisive programming” (Arts+Culture Texas). As KINETIC’s Artistic Director, Natalie has commissioned and premiered numerous new works for composers of our time, as well as curated four complete concert seasons for the ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Natalie has toured throughout New Zealand in concerts presented by Chamber Music New Zealand and in the UK with the Scottish Ensemble. She has appeared numerous times as guest artist with NZTrio and collaborated in performance with Paul Kantor, Jon Kimura Parker, Kyung Sun Lee, and Brian Connelly.

Natalie was a prizewinner at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the 2012 Klein International Strings Competition, and has performed with orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Master’s Sinfonia (California), and Erie Philharmonic (Pennsylvania). Notable solo performances include at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) Severance Hall (Cleveland, Ohio), and the Taipei Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A Britten-Pears Young Artist from 2011-13, Natalie was concertmaster of the 2013 Britten-Pears Orchestra and a member of Aldeburgh Strings, which has recorded for Hyperion Records. She has been featured on Houston Public Media, Radio New Zealand and Cleveland’s WCLV, as well as in the Houston Chronicle, Arts+Culture Texas, Houstonia Magazine, Houston CityBook, and New Zealand Women’s Weekly.

As an educator, Natalie served as teaching assistant to leading violin pedagogue Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and taught four semesters of undergraduate courses in music theory at Rice University. Natalie is a Doctoral candidate at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and was recipient of the Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship, the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach and the Mary Hobson Teaching Fellowship. Besides music, she enjoys graphic design, photography, and salsa dancing.


June 20-26, 2018

NZTrio: Weave

Wellington, Christchurch & Auckland, NZ

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August 27, 2018 | p7m

August Apologetics: Beauty by Design

West University Baptist Church

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October 14, 2018 | 6pm

KINETIC: Ocean's Call

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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October 21, 2018 | 4pm

Context: Romantics and Fairy Tales

Duncan Recital Hall, Houston

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November 11, 2018 | 6pm

Lin and Schafer Violin Duo

Archway Gallery

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November 15, 2018 | 6:30pm

Musiqa: Loft Concert, Nicolas Moufarrege

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

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January 21, 2019 | 7:30pm

Musiqa: Traces of Blue

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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February 3, 2019 | 6pm

KINETIC: American Spaces

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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February 22, 2019 | 7:30pm

Musiqa: Reel Forces

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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March 24, 2019 | 4pm

Context: Franck's Quintet

Duncan Recital Hall, Houston

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May 5, 2019 | 6pm

KINETIC: Flor de Lã

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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(Updated November 2018)

Video & Audio

Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2013

Round I; Round II; Round III

Anna Clyne

Prince of Clouds for Two Violins & Strings

Leonard Bernstein

Serenade for Solo Violin, Harp, Percussion & Strings

Gareth Farr


Media Coverage

“KINETIC Is Here To Stay”

Houstonia | January 2018

“Hear and Now”

Houston CityBook | May 2017

“For The Love Of Conductorless”

Houston Public Media | October 2017

“Leader of the Pack: Violinist to Helm Conductorless Group”

Houston Chronicle | October 2015

“Auckland violinist stunned to reach world semifinals”

New Zealand Herald | June 2013

Press Kit

Biography - updated February 2018.

Resume - updated May 2018.

Publicity Photos One, Two, Three

Contact Information

Natalie Sharon Lin

Houston, TX + Auckland, NZ