Initially performed in full by Natalie Rose Kress with Robert Warner as a live cast May 28, 2021.
In celebration of her graduation from The Juilliard School, Historical Performance Program
Presented by Gotham Early Music Scene and Musicivic Inc.
The Musicast Version is in two parts.
Natalie Rose Kress and Robert Warner are founding members of Musicivic Baroque.
Natalie Rose Kress, Violin
Robert Warner, Harpsichord
Passacaille for Harpsichord in C major (1685)
Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Solo Violin Sonata in C Major, BWV 1005 (1720)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
IV. Allegro Assai
Natalie Rose Kress, Baroque Violin
Praised by the New York Times for her “splendid playing,” Natalie Rose Kress is a Baroque violinist based in Washington, D.C. This year she will graduate from The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program where her primary teachers are 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. As a member of the Juilliard415 orchestra, she performed side-by-side with William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants and 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. Stony Brook was where she was first introduced to the Baroque violin by harpsichordist, Arthur Haas and was trained to play it by Baroque violinist, Beth Wenstrom. In her alternate life 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 Kress is also a co-founder of Musicivic, Inc., a non-profit committed to establishing chamber music projects in towns and communities across the country, and has served as community director for Musicivic’s Ambler Musicivic and Three Village Chamber Players community projects as well as a frequent performer on Musicivic’s Musicast programs.
Natalie performs on a David Folland Baroque Violin and a Richard Riggall Baroque bow.
Robert Warner, Harpsichord
A native of Pennsylvania, Robert Warner began his musical studies at an early age in piano and violin with faculty of Bucknell University. He holds bachelors degrees in both math and music from the University of Rochester, and became interested in the world of early music while exploring the harpsichord and baroque violin at the Eastman School of Music. As a graduate student at Stony Brook University, Robert studied harpsichord extensively with Arthur Haas while earning master’s degrees in both music history and performance, followed by a DMA in harpsichord performance also at Stony Brook. During this time he gave frequent recitals, acted as assistant director of Stony Brook’s Baroque ensemble, and collaborated often with other musicians as a harpsichordist and baroque violinist in chamber music, opera and orchestral performances.
Upon graduating from Stony Brook, Robert was accepted into the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program, continuing his harpsichord studies with Peter Sykes. During this time he participated in projects led by William Christie, Jordi Savall, and other leading figures in the field of early music with frequent performances in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall and international tours to the Netherlands and New Zealand.
Robert has participated in most of the country’s top early music summer festivals, including the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco and the Oregon Bach Festival’s Berwick Academy. Robert now resides in New York City where he continues to be an active performer. He is currently the artistic director and harpsichordist of the New Amsterdam Consort, the harpsichordist for Voyage Sonique, and a founding member and harpsichordist of Musicivic Baroque.