Artistic Director & 1st Violinist
Natalie Kriegler is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, NYC, where she majored in Violin/Music Performance. She was a scholarship student of Raphael Bronstien and also studied with his daughter, Arianna Bronne. She has appeared as a violin soloist with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, The Amphion Chamber Orchestra, The Mohawk Trails Chamber Orchestra, and with Capriccio Ensemble. She has been a NY State sponsored, and featured recitalist at The Empire State Plaza on several occasions. At one performance she was critically acclaimed: "As violinist Natalie Kriegler draws her bow, a rich elegant sound fills the hall, well articulated and alive. She is equally at home with music of many styles and with the melodic as well as the technical. Her Sunday afternoon recital was highlighted by an exquisite performance of the "Melodie" from the opera Orpheus and Euridice by Gluck and by an unusually warm and charming rendition of three movements from the Bach "Partita No. 3 in E Major".
From TV spots for the CBS Evening News, to advertisements for Coca Cola, Amtrak, AMC Classics, Volvo, Nickelodean, and many others Natalie has recorded for artists such as Billy Joel (An Innocent Man) and for Kiri Tekanawa (Kiri Sings Gershwin) and is in demand as an experienced, professional commercial recording violinist.
She has produced numerous chamber music concerts in New York City, performed by members of the Capriccio Ensemble including a concerts held at the famous "Actor's Chapel"/St. Malachy's Church on W. 49th St. in the Broadway theater district, and at other area concert venues such as the "Downtown at Grace" series in White Plains where Capriccio's Trio of Violin, Harp and Cello has perfomed every January in recent years. The string quartet of CE performed annually at the "concerts at Advent" or "Concerts at Epiphany" which were performed at St. Joseph's Seminary, under the baton of Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the Director of the Music of the Cathedral of St. Patrick, NY. Natalie has coordinated with many well known event planners, including Colin Cowie International and the Fourth Wall for string quartet and string chamber orchestra performances at private events for Conpaq Computer, Delta Airlines, Accenture Corporation and many others. Natalie, togther with a violist and cellist by CE performed at the wedding ceremony of Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Sklar. She also performs as the Violin soloist every Christmas Eve at the lovely antique church of St. Johns on the Hill in Tuckahoe/border of Bronxvill NY, and performs there together with her sister, Amy, a flutist, Ann Patton the music director and organist and the choir of St. Johns. She also performed as the Violin Soloist at St. Kevin's Church in Bayside for their "Concert at Epiphany" in 2013.
Her commercial performance credits include performing the original string music for the Nickelodeon TV show Power Pets and later called Wonder Pets. She has performed at recording sessions and on jingles for Coke, Diet Coke, Amtrak, AMC Classics, and was a member of the String Quartet who recorded the original ID spot music for "Nick at Night"/for Nickelodeon.
Her orchestral free lance credits include performances at Broadway shows such as Grand Hotel, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, Damn Yankees, Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables. Natalie has also performed in orchestras such as Music Sacra and has served as concertmistress for The NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players and a run of My Fair Lady at The Westbury, NY Music Fair where she performed a violin solo as the concertmistress of the pit orchestra for the run of this show. She has been the concertmistress for Joel Grey, Bel Canto Opera, and has performed for Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole (including for the televised The Natalie Cole Christmas Special for PBS), Jay Black, Gladys Knight, Connie Francis, Mel Torme, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Barry White, Johnny Mathis and many other well-known artists.
Natalie has a small class of private violin lesson students whom she teaches each week in her Westchester County residence. The students receive a lesson once a week and they also participate in a group class every other week where they perform for each other and prepare for future concerts. They have performed at the Federal Veterans Hospital in St. Albans, the Bronx Veterans Hospital, and at area senior citizen retirement homes and assisted living centers such as The Wartburg and Sutton Park in lower Westchester county NY and have received raves from their audiences.
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