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Join us on Sunday, March 5, at 2:00 p.m. for the return of the Berkshire Chamber Players!
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Berkshire Chamber Players Concert
Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
Natalie Rose Kress and Robyn Quinnett, violins
Marka Gustavsson, viola; Joel Moerschel, cello
Featuring Gershwin’s Lullaby, Handel’s Sarabande, Beethoven’s String trio, and more.
Natalie Kress 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, 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 Yo Ma and Pamela Frank at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Natalie 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, 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-tuition scholarship student at The Juilliard School studying Historical Performance with Rachel Podger, Cynthia Roberts, and Elizabeth Blumenstock, and tours extensively with Juilliard415.
In her free time she enjoys attempting to cook, drinking tea, going on walks, and imagining her next big project!
Robyn Quinnett Born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, Robyn Quinnett began playing violin at eight years old. She has won several competitions including the National Mariam Hayes, Ruth Kern Competitions, and the Concerto Competition of the Colorado College Music Festival. Robyn earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Naoko Tanaka and the late Stephen Clapp. Robyn completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2019 at Stony Brook University as a student of Hagai Shaham. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil, and been a concertmaster at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Robyn is dedicated to community engagement and pedagogy. She founded the Montserrat Music Festival, a summer teaching and performing festival, bringing music education and live chamber music to the island of Montserrat. She is the violin instructor at The Chapin School, teaching artist at Opus 118, and maintains a joint private teaching studio with Chihiro Fukuda in NYC. Robyn’s violin is generously sponsored by Darnton and Hersh Violin Shop in Chicago.
Marka Gustavsson – A dedicated chamber musician, violist Marka Gustavsson spent 3 summers as a Tanglewood Fellow, 91-93. Since that time, Marka has pursued a rich and varied performance life both internationally and in the US. She has been a guest artist at the Bard Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Vancouver’s Music in the Morning, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, WQXR’s Showcase Concerts, Yale Faculty Artists’ Series, Eastman, and Banff.
Marka has premiered and recorded solo and chamber music of composers John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Laura Kaminsky, Tania Leon, and Tan Dun. From 1999 through 2014, Marka served as violist of the Colorado Quartet, a group that toured extensively and founded the Soundfest Quartet Festival on Cape Cod. Their Complete Beethoven Quartets are available on Parnassus Records.
As a teacher, Marka Gustavsson has given master classes at Yale, Eastman, Indiana University, Hartt, and Oberlin, and adjudicated competitions at Juilliard, Hartt, Yale, Astral Artists, and Banff. She has taught for several summers at the Yellow Barn YAP in Putney, VT. A graduate of Indiana University, Mannes College, and CUNY, her formative teachers include Joseph Gingold, Mimi Zweig, Felix Galimir, Michele Auclair, Viktor Liberman, Julius Levine, and Daniel Phillips. Ms. Gustavsson is on the faculty at Bard College and Conservatory, where she performs with the Blithewood Ensemble and also serves as Associate Director and Coordinator of Chamber Music.
Joel Moerschel – Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Joel Moerschel received his early musical training from Chicago Symphony cellist Nicolai Zedeler and from Karl Fruh, professor of music at the Chicago Musical College. Studies with Ronald Leonard at the Eastman School of Music led to a Bachelor of Music Degree with distinction and a performer’s certificate. In addition to his commitments with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with which he played for 33 years, retiring in 2003, Joel has performed on numerous occasions as a soloist, chamber musician, and contemporary music cellist with Collage New Music, Boston Musica Viva, the Wheaton Trio, the Francesco and Amici string quartets. He also served on the music faculties at Wellesley College and Wheaton College.