Natalie Rose Kress, Violin
Praised by the New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Natalie Kress enjoys a varied career as both a modern and Baroque chamber musician based in Washington, D.C. Following three summers as a Tanglewood Fellow, working closely with Malcolm Lowe and other Boston Symphony members, she was awarded the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center and performed with Yo Ma and Pamela Frank at the Kennedy Center Honors. She is co-founder, director and executive advisor of Musicivic Inc., a national non-profit arts network supporting local chamber music residencies in towns nationwide. With a wide-ranging chamber and orchestral repertoire, she performs frequently with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Shanghai Camerata at the Shanghai Conservatory, and La Grande Bande in Minnesota. She has collaborated most recently with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology and Master of Music from Stony Brook University where she studied violin performance with Soovin Kim and Philip Setzer, and chamber music with the Emerson String Quartet. She is currently enrolled in the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School, studying with Rachel Podger, Cynthia Roberts, and Elizabeth Blumenstock, and tours extensively with Juilliard415, the program’s flagship ensemble. In April of 2020 she will perform with Malcolm Lowe, Danny Kim, Ronald Feldman, and Melvin Chen at the Tanglewood Learning institute in the world premiere of a recently-discovered String Quartet by Leonard Bernstein.
Elena Zamolodchikova, Harpsichord
Elena Zamolodchikova is establishing an active international performance career as a sophisticated keyboard artist. She specialized in historical keyboard performance at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Juilliard School with Alexei Shevchenko and Kenneth Weiss. She studied piano performance with Yury Martynov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and received her doctorate at Stony Brook University, under the direction of harpsichordist Arthur Haas. She has performed in her native Russia, the U.S., Italy, Germany, and Norway, appearing with prominent early music specialists such as William Christie, Christopher Hogwood, Monica Huggett, and Nicholas McGegan and participating in concerts with Alexei Lyubimov, Zvi Meniker and Pierre Hantai. She played the first concert performance in Moscow of Le Devin du Village, J.J. Rousseau’s opéra-intermède from 1752, and in the first Zuckermann Harpsichords Music Festival. She has recorded with colleague Aymeric Dupré la Tour, and is currently artist in residence and action technician at Zuckermann Harpsichords International. In addition, she is organist/pianist at First Congregational Church, Westbrook (CT), piano instructor at Calvary Music School in Stonington (CT) and Thames Valley Music School in New London (CT). She appears regularly at Salt Marsh Opera productions as a pianist and harpsichordist, playing continuo for performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the premiere of two new operas for children. She recently joined the Music Matters Committee for the Maurice C. La Grua Center in Stonington.
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