Natalie Murray Beale was a 2015 BBC Performing Arts Fellow #32onestowatch which identified Esa-Pekka Salonen as her mentor. The same year she was selected by The Dallas Opera for their inaugural Institute for Women Conductors.
Murray Beale has performed as Guest Conductor with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, the London Symphony Chorus, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Chamber Orchestra of Loondon (COOL) and the City of London Sinfonia. She has also worked with the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Royal Swedish Opera, Bergen Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Murray Beale has conducted operas for the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb, Theater Bonn, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête-â-tête, Opera Holland Park and Spitalfields Music Festival, London.
Her accolades include a 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the new opera We Are Shadows and a BAFTA nomination, music category, for the video game score Alien:Isolation.
Highlights of her 2018/2019 season include her Barbican Hall debut with the Britten Sinfonia as well as debuts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Queensland.
Murray Beale trained as a pianist and, after working with Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne as a coach and repetiteur, was awarded a conducting scholarship by the London Symphony Chorus. She quickly became Guest Director of the LSC where she collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Xian Zhang, Marin Alsop, Daniele Gatti and Sir Colin Davis on a wide range of concerts for the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Assisting engagements followed at Opéra National de Paris, Festival d’Aix, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees and the Wiener Festwochen where she worked with Jérémie Rhorer, Ingo Metzmacher and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Born in Australia, Murray Beale holds a Bachelor degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and continued her training as a Post Graduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, London. Her initial conducting training was with the Finnish conductor and pedagogue, Jorma Panula.
Murray Beale is the Creative Director of Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells, a company which supports emerging talent and the creation of new works and platforms.