Praised by the New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Philadelphia native, Natalie Rose Kress, is a Baroque violinist based in Washington, D.C. This spring she graduated from The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program where her primary teachers were Cynthia Roberts, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Robert Mealy. Natalie is a founding member of Quartet Salonnières and Musicivic Baroque, ensembles focused on bringing historically-informed performances to modern audiences, and is a founder and executive advisor of Musicivic Inc. As a member of the Juilliard415 orchestra, she performed side-by-side with William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants and Nic McGegan’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, as well as performed in masterclasses for Aisslinn Nosky, Kristian Bezuidenhout, William Christie, and Masaaki Suzuki. This fall she will continue her studies at the University of Maryland where she will pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts studying with violinist, David Salness, and early music specialist, Kenneth Slowik.
Previous studies include a Bachelor of Arts in Music and in Psychology, as well as a Masters of Music from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied with Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, Jennifer Frautschi, and the Emerson String Quartet. As a modern violinist, Natalie attended the Tanglewood Music Festival as a fellow for three summers, was awarded the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center, performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Stony Brook Undergraduate Orchestra, and performed with Yo-Yo Ma at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.
Natalie performs on a David Folland Baroque Violin and a Richard Riggall Baroque bow.