Natalie Raney fell in love with the cello when she was nine years old after her coolest, childhood role model began playing it in the house next door. Her journey has led her across the country and landed her in San Francisco in pursuit of her ultimate love, chamber music. She has had the opportunity to perform chamber music with such musicians as Kim Kashkashian, Menahem Pressler, Norman Fischer, Geoff Nuttall, Bonnie Hampton, Roberto Diaz, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, and the Arianna String Quartet. While in her graduate studies, her quartet was invited by the Muir String Quartet to participate in the Emerging Quartets and Composers Program, where she worked closely with composer Joan Tower. After moving to San Francisco, her quartet was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage, and later that year was a finalist for the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. She has studied chamber music under members of the Tokyo, Pacifica, Brentano, Vermeer, Muir, Arianna, and Alexander String Quartets.
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Genres: Pop • Classical
Awards: 2015 Senior Division Winner of the Throbeck Scholarship from the Max Aronoff Viola Institute
Fiona Hinkulow grew up in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and learnt to play violin still in kindergarten. She also dabbled with piano and singing, but while in 4th grade she settled for viola, receiving intensive training under the tutelage of Dr. John Enyart, (Conductor at Treasure Coast Youth Symphony) and participating in numerous competitions.
While still in Florida, Fiona became a member of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, under the conduction of Tom Servinsky, Dr. John Enyart, and Benjamin Enyart. Following her move to Washington State in 2014, she studied with Debra Zadinsky and has been part of the Evergreen Philharmonic, the WMEA 2015 All-State Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, and pit orchestras for Liberty High School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s 35th Annual School Performance.
Most notably, Fiona has won the Northern Division at the 2015 Max Aronoff Viola Institute’s Thorbeck Senior Competition. She performed on several occasions during the Festival, including as soloist during the final concert.
Fiona has also participated in several solo competitions, including the FACCS Junior Fine Arts Music Festival, Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Performance Competition, and Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE). She has placed 3rd at her regional WMEA Solo and Ensemble in 2015 and 3rd for large ensemble, 2nd place for solo in 2016, and 9th at the state level the same year. In February 2016, she was selected to audition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. This coming autumn, Fiona will be attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the studio class of Jonathan Vinocour, principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony.
Fiona possesses a very diverse cultural background, which has influenced her style of playing and musical tastes. Besides classic, romantic, and modern period composers, she listens to alternative and punk rock, Buenos Aires tango and rock, and Brazilian Tropicalia.
Besides viola, Fiona enjoys designing posters and visual arts on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, photography, foreign films (in particular French and German movies, and British television) and making videos. She is an avid supporter of London’s Chelsea Football Club.