Natalie Murray Beale is a conductor working across concerts, opera, theatre, film and video games.
Natalie was the music consultant & conducting supervisor (coach to Ms. Blanchett) for the feature film TÁR by Todd Field. She conducts Elgar's Cello Concerto on the TÁR concept album with soloist Sophie Kauer and the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon. A new vinyl edition of the album will be released on January 20, 2023.
Murray Beale conducts many world-leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Symphony Nova Scotia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of London. She has also worked with the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Royal Swedish Opera and Bergen Philharmonic.
Equally at home in the opera house, Natalie made a critically acclaimed Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, debut in 2020, collaborating with stage director Katie Mitchell. She was the 9th woman to conduct on the main stage of the Royal Opera House. Other opera engagements include conducting for Theater Bonn, the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Opera Holland Park, and award winning physical theatre company Circa.
Born in Australia, and living in London, Natalie Murray Beale trained at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She furthered her studies at the National Opera Studio and in conducting with Jorma Panula. Natalie is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and formally, Creative Director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells.
Natalie was Assistant Conductor to Esa-Pekka Salonen, her mentor, for concerts and opera, which included productions by Ivo van Hove, Krzysztof Warlikowski and Peter Sellars. She has also worked with Ingo Metzmacher and Jérémie Rhorer at Opéra National de Paris, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre des Champs-Elysees and Wiener Festwochen. Natalie has futher experience working with singers as Guest Chorus Director of London Symphony Chorus where she collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Marin Alsop and Daniele Gatti.
Murray Beale's repertoire includes a wide range of stage and concert works, from Mozart to Bartok, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Janáček. As an artist who is passionate about new music, Natalie works with world-leading composers and has conducted world or stage premieres by John Adams, Missy Mazzoli, Anna Meredith, Jessie Montgomery, Joby Talbot and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
Notable accolades include a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the new opera We Are Shadows and a BAFTA nomination, music category, for the video game score Alien:Isolation by Christian Henson. Natalie was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow, #32onestowatch, and was selected the same year by the Dallas Opera for their inaugural Institute for Women Conductors.
Natalie has been a guest speaker for the BBC World Service Proms broadcasts and curated and presented Inside Music for BBC Radio 3. She was a Jury member for the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, the Ivors Composer Awards and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gold Medal, where she also conducted the final performance. Natalie has been a mentor to younger conductors as part of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Academie.