Originally from Montana, Natalie began fiddling at the age of 3 under the instruction of her mother, acclaimed fiddler & composer Nancy Padilla; soon after, she began classical violin lessons. Texas style fiddling and bluegrass have played a large part in Natalie’s playing and upbringing as a musician. She has won numerous fiddle contests over the years, at local, state and national competitions. Natalie attended the University of Northern Colorado, receiving a bachelor’s degree in classical violin performance. While in Colorado, she was introduced to Irish music by Blayne Chastain and has been hooked ever since. In 2011, Natalie and Blayne released “Fiddle and Flute,” a traditional Irish music album; it was reviewed that…
“Their musical sparring is a delight and at the end you are wishing they would just go another few rounds!”
Natalie currently lives in Frisco, Colorado, where she has a teaching studio and performs regularly with orchestras around the Denver metro area. Natalie was chosen to be a violinist with the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra last summer, and is currentlyAssociate Concertmaster of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Natalie’s professional chops were quite evident while recording our Zeta violin demo videos and sound tracks for the first 25 instruments. A remarkable talent and joy to work with. Thank you Natalie!”
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