Natalie Koch

Natalie Koch (b. 1966) is a musicologist. As a journalist and musicologist, she has published articles about music and written concert and CD notes. Today, Koch works at the Amsterdam Conservatory and is working on her second novel.



(Querido, 2007, 271 pages)

To reach the pinnacle in classical music demands passion and sacrifice – and driving ambition. This is the theme of Natalie Koch’s first novel, Streken (Plays). Its protagonist is world-famous cellist Arthur Bronckhorst. Now nearly fifty and suffering from arthritis, his career is at an end; his final concerts in London at the end of the year were disastrous. After a master class, Arthur manages to seduce seventeen-year-old Chrissie Pagett, who has an even greater potential than he had at that age.

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