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Rachel Lee Priday (Violin) with Bryan Wallick (Piano)

11 June 2016 at 15:00 to 17:00


Violinist RACHEL LEE PRIDAY (PRY-DAY), acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.” Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.

Recent and upcoming highlights include concerto engagements with the Pacific Symphony, Stamford Symphony, and Greenville Symphony, as well as re-engagements with the Buffalo Philharmonic, where she performed with conductors JoAnn Falletta and Leon Botstein; recitals at the Sarasota Opera House, on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, and a UK recital tour; as well as further premiere performances of 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Christopher Cerrone’s Violin Sonata – a work which Rachel commissioned, alongside pianist David Kaplan, through a Harvard Fromm Music Foundation grant, and which they premiered in New York this past February at SubCulture under the auspices of the MATA Festival.

Previous solo engagements have included appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Aspen Sinfonia at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed in Korea several times, including repeat engagements with the Seoul Philharmonic, the KBS Symphony under the direction of Dmitri Kitaenko, and a four-city tour of the country with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Valery Polyansky.

Rachel’s frequent recital appearances have brought her to such distinguished venues as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall, the Kansas City Harriman-Jewell Series, Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” Series, UCSB Arts and Lectures, and the Matinee Musicale series in Cincinnati. As a chamber musician, she has been invited to participate as a guest artist at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Chamber Music Marathon” and the Moritzburg Festival in Germany.
Rachel made her European concerto debut in October 2006, performing the Sibelius Concerto with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Maestro Mikko Franck to an overwhelming response. In Europe and in Asia, engagements have further included recitals at the Musée du Louvre, the Verbier Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and concerto appearances in Graz, Austria, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

This past June, Rachel embarked on a three-city tour of China, where she combined outreach and performances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Tianjin May Festival, and Shenyang Conservatory. The tour marked the launch of a year-long association with the Asia/America New Music Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new music relationships and cultural exchange between Asia and the Americas. Forthcoming appearances with AANMI this season will bring her to Salem, MA, a headline performance at the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, as well as further dates in New Orleans, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Rachel takes a multidisciplinary approach to music that often lends itself to collaborative projects. Last summer, she performed the premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s new work The Orphic Moment with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and the Encounters Ensemble at the Peabody Essex Museum in an innovative staging that mixed poetry, drama, visuals, and music. Other recent highlights include extensive interdisciplinary collaborations with Ballet San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley, and conductor George Daugherty, as well as a week-long run ofTchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart, a theatrical concert bringing to life the strange relationship between Tchaikovsky and his patroness Madame von Meck, with Ensemble for the Romantic Century at BAM.
Rachel has been profiled in the The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle Magazine, and The Strad Magazine. Her television credits include appearances on the Disney Channel, “Fiddling for the Future” and “American Masters” on PBS, and the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. In addition, her performances have been broadcast on major media outlets in the U.S., Germany, Korea, and Brazil, including a televised concert in Rio de Janeiro, numerous radio appearances on 98.7 WFMT Chicago radio, and American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Rachel made her orchestral debut at the Aspen Music Festival in 1997 at the age of nine, and the following year performed at the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations. A native of Chicago, Rachel began her violin studies at the age of four, and in 1996 moved to New York to study with the late pedagogue Dorothy DeLay, continuing her studies with Itzhak Perlman at the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School. She holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University, and in May 2011 received a master’s degree, studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory through its joint dual-degree program with Harvard College.

She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin (Naples, 1760), double-purfled with fleurs-de-lis, named Alejandro.

Beethoven “Kreuzer’ Sonata No. 9, Op 47
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen


11 June 2016
15:00 to 17:00
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Cape Town Concert Series
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