Praised by the New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Natalie Rose Kress is a violinist based in Washington, D.C.. Following three summers as a Tanglewood Fellow, she was awarded the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center and performed with Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Seiji Ozawa.
Recent highlights include winning the Mercury Chamber Orchestra Fellowship and the English Concert in America Fellowship through The Juilliard School, as well as performing the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Music for String Quartet at the Linde Center at Tanglewood, with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She can be heard on the first commercial recording of Bernstein’s Music for String Quartet, recorded by Parma Recordings. As a member of the period ensemble, Quartet Salonnières, she was awarded the 2022 U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Public Diplomacy Grant to tour and perform throughout Tanzania in January 2023.
Natalie has held teaching residencies at Williams College (Williamstown, MA), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), and the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (NYC). She attended Stony Brook University, The Juilliard School’s coveted Historical Performance Graduate Program, and is currently a Doctorate student at the University of Maryland.