Natalia Luis-Bassa
Orchestral Conductor

Natalia is a dynamic conductor and a passionate advocate for young musicians’ education. 

As part of her career, she has promoted the conducting craft and orchestra playing for young people, and believes that the provision of music education should be a right available to everyone.

Music making as a tool for social transformation is a reality. 


Natalia has established numerous successful partnerships with a wide variety of organisations in the UK and globally. These include the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, AMIS, and the Benedetti Foundation.

Her record-breaking accomplishments include being the first person to graduate with a degree in Orchestral Conducting in her native country Venezuela as well as being the first woman to hold a permanent position as Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music.

As part of her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, she was awarded the RCM Junior Fellowship in opera conducting. She then completed a master's degree at the University of Huddersfield, where she was a part-time lecturer.

It was at the Royal College of Music where she developed a love for the music of Elgar and was named an Elgar Ambassador by the Elgar Society. This was because of her enthusiasm for introducing the composer’s music to Latin American audiences.

Since 2020, she has been appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of the Oxford University Orchestra.

Natalia is committed to widening access to the performing arts and providing opportunities for everyone to get involved.

She has held many successful conducting workshops around the country.

Music video by Benedetti Foundation Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti, Natalia Luis-Bassa performing Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo (Arr. Holt). 


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