Charlotte Malin, viola
Natalie Kress, violin
Passacaglia for Violin and Viola (1892)
Johan Halvorsen (1864 – 1935)
Based on Passacaille (No.6) from Suite in G minor, HWV 432, by George Frideric Handel
String Duo No. 1 in G major for violin and viola, K. 423 (1783)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
The Bell and the Blackbird
Original works by Charlotte Malin
Musicivic Everywhere: November 22 (3:00 PM), 25 (7:30 PM)
Ambler Musicivic: November 22 (3:00 PM), 25 (7:30 PM), 27 (7:30 PM)
Three Village Chamber Players: November 22 (3:00 PM), 25 (7:30 PM), 27 (7:30 PM)
The violist Charlotte Malin is a Berlin and Western MA-based artist seeking to amplify the experience of human embodiment and consciousness through music.
In the United States, Malin served as Principal Viola of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and was a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. She has also been a violist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Peninsula Music Festival and the New World Symphony in Miami. A passionate chamber musician, she has performed as a member of the International Community Engagement Ensemble with violinist Midori, at the Newport Music Festival, with the Berkshire Chamber Players, and with Fest’Inventio in Paris, and has been a three- time Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She appeared as a soloist with the Northwestern Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, was a member of the New England Conservatory’s Chamber Orchestra, and won a fellowship with the Far Cry chamber orchestra in Boston, MA.
A Berlin resident since October 2019, she has performed with Ensemble Reflektor and Stegreif Orchestra. She is a 2017 recipient of a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kim Kashkashian. She had previously graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance, but subsequently fell in love with the viola.
Malin writes and performs original compositions, songs and raps, and thrives as an improviser in many styles. In Western MA, she is a member of the all-improvised ensemble Konvergenz and the punk rock band Tender Spot, and performs as a sound healer.
Praised by the New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Natalie Rose 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, she was awarded the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center and performed alongside alumni with Yo-Yo Ma and Pamela Frank at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Natalie is co-founder, music 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, Natalie performs frequently with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; Shanghai Camerata at the Shanghai Conservatory; and La Grande Bande in Minnesota. She has most recently collaborated with William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco.
Natalie 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 a full-scholarship student at The Juilliard School studying Historical Performance with Rachel Podger, Cynthia Roberts, and Elizabeth Blumenstock, and tours internationally with Juilliard415.