Palo Alto Philharmonic Principal Flutist, Natalie Haworth-Liu
performs throughout the Bay Area as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. In addition to performing, Natalie is a highly sought after music educator, flute instructor, adjudicator, and clinician.
A native of Eugene, OR, Natalie received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Oregon's School of Music as a Ruth Close and Phi-Beta scholarship recipient. Recognized early on as a "unique talent" by Dr. Richard Trombley, she served as Principal Flute of the University of Oregon Symphony, Oregon Opera Ensemble, the acclaimed Oregon Wind Ensemble, and also premiered several new works at the University of Oregon's Music Today Festival.
As an active musician throughout Oregon, Natalie free-lanced with local orchestras and music organizations, including the Oregon Mozart Players with whom she appeared as a soloist for a special performance of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. IV. She also performed frequently in master class with such flute masters as Patrick Gallois, Susan Milan, and Michael Hasel. Graduating with top honors and distinction, Natalie was awarded the "Outstanding Woodwind Performance Award" with special recognition from the Dean of the University of Oregon School of Music.
Upon graduation, Natalie relocated to the Bay Area where she continued her studies with Isabelle Chapuis, and pursued a varied career in flute performance, teaching, and arts administration.
Natalie has had the privilege of performing many of the great symphonies and orchestral works with the Palo Alto Philharmonic. She also frequently appears as a soloist for the chamber and Baroque music concert series. Most recently, Natalie was the featured soloist for Vivaldi’s Piccolo Concerto in C Major, Bach’s Orchestral Suite in B Minor, and Gluck’s Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits.
As a dedicated teacher, Natalie is the Music Director of Monticello Academy in Santa Clara, CA. Known to her students as "Miss Natalie,” she teaches grades K-8, and directs the band and choral programs. Her flute studio attracts some of the most talented and dedicated students in Silicon Valley. Current and past students have won concerto competitions, held principal chairs in Bay Area youth orchestras, been selected for all-state and county honor bands (including "first chair"), received command performance scores in competition, and received scholarships for various prestigious summer music and university programs.
Natalie currently resides in San Jose with her husband, Paul Prendergast, and her two musical sons, Ethan and Maxwell.