Ariel Artists

Rachel Lee Priday

Rachel Lee Priday

violin

Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, violinist Rachel Lee Priday brings together “a gutsy way of digging into the music” (The Buffalo News) with a world-class technique and wide-ranging repertoire reflecting her deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives.

Bio

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, Seattle, and National 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, Buffalo Philharmonic, Stamford Symphony, Greenville Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic, and Cape Town Philharmonic. Conductors Rachel has worked with recently include JoAnn Falletta, Carl St. Clair, Michael Morgan, Daniel Boico, Bernhard Gueller, Arjan Tien, Eckart Preu, and Leon Botstein. Previous solo engagements have included, amongst others, appearances with the Colorado Symphony, Knoxville, Fairfax, Alabama, Delaware, Champaign-Urbana, Elgin, New Haven, Santa Rosa, Springfield (MA), Rockford, Annapolis, and Hartford Symphonies, the Rochester Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, the New York Youth Symphony, and Aspen Sinfonia at the Aspen Music Festival.

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, and UCSB Arts and Lectures. Recent highlights include a debut UK recital tour, recitals at the Sarasota Opera House, Lawrence University, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, shows at Joe’s Pub and SubCulture in NYC, and an 8-recital tour of South Africa with pianist Bryan Wallick. 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. 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.

Last 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. Further appearances with AANMI include concerts at the Asia-Europe New Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA.

Rachel takes a multidisciplinary approach to music that often lends itself to collaborative, interdisciplinary performances and new music commissions. Last season saw the world premiere, under the auspices of the MATA Festival, of 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 she performs frequently in recital. As a Resident Artist with Metropolis Ensemble in NYC, she has also commissioned a forthcoming work by Scott Wollschleger for violin and chamber orchestra. In 2014, she performed the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s The Orphic Moment 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 of the theatrical concert, Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart, with Ensemble for the Romantic Century at BAM.

Rachel has been profiled in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle Magazine, and The Strad Magazine. Her performances have been broadcast on major media outlets in the U.S., Germany, Korea, South Africa, 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. 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.

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 celebration 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. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division with Itzhak Perlman. She holds a B.A. degree in English from Harvard University and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Miriam Fried 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.

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    Paganini, Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major,  Op. 6 – I. Allegro maestoso – Tempo giusto

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    Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, Op. 19

    I. Andantino

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    II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo

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    III. Moderato – Allegro moderato

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    Christopher Cerrone, Sonata for Violin and Piano

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    Beethoven Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” – 3. Finale. Presto 

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    Ravel, Violin Sonata, I. Allegretto

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    Schumann Violin Sonata No. 1: 1-Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck

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    Leoš Janáček, Violin Sonata, II (live recording)

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    Webern, Four Pieces, Op. 7, III. Sehr Langsam (w/ David Kaplan, live recording)

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    Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 2, I (live recording)

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    Barber, Violin Concerto, I (live recording)

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    Mozart, Sonata in E Minor, K. 304, I. Allegro

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    Programs

    2017/18 Program Offerings

    • 18/19 PREVIEW

      With works by Timo Andres, Bach, Prokofiev, Ravel, John Adams, Beethoven, Brahms and Stravinsky

    • Surface to Air

      Prokofiev, Ravel, Christopher Cerrone, John Adams

    • Chaos and Elegance

      Stravinsky, Respighi, Elgar, Shostakovich

    • Songs of Seasons

      Beethoven, Bright Sheng, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Eugène Ysaÿe, Brahms

    Current & Recent Programs

    • Surface to Air

      Prokofiev, Ravel, Christopher Cerrone, John Adams

    • Delirious Distortion

      Schubert, Wolfgang Rihm, Pärt, Satie, Messiaen, Sayo Kosugi

    • Unity

      Schumann/Brahms/Dietrich, Marcos Balter, Isang Yun, Beethoven

    • Phantom and Escapade

      Wolfgang Rihm, Mauricio Kagel, Erik Satie, Arvo Pärt, Béla Bartók

    • Out of Dust

      Ryan Francis, Matthew Aucoin, Christopher Cerrone, Marcos Balter, Sean Shepherd, Michael Brown

    • Concerto Offerings

      Violinist Rachel Lee Priday is pleased to offer the following concerti:

      FEATURED:

      Paganini (1782-1840)
      Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major

      Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
      Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

      Brahms (1833-1897)
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

      Prokofiev (1891-1953)
      Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

      Korngold (1897-1957)
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

      Barber (1910-1981)
      Violin Concerto, Op. 14

      Unsuk Chin (b. 1961)
      Violin Concerto

      Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984)
      Still Life with Violin and Orchestra

      FULL REPERTOIRE LIST:

      Vivaldi (1678-1741)
      The Four Seasons
      L’estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 5 in A Major for Two Violins, RV 519
      L’estro Armonico, Op. 3, Violin Concerto No. 6 in A minor, RV 356
      L’estro Armonico, Op. 3, Concerto No. 10 in B minor for Four Violins, RV 580

      J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
      Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
      Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042
      Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056R (Reconstruction)
      Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 “Double”

      Haydn (1732-1809)
      Violin Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIa/1
      Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. VIIa/4

      Mozart (1756-1791)
      Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216
      Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
      Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 “Turkish”
      Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364/320d

      Beethoven (1770-1827)
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
      “Triple Concerto
      Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50

      Paganini (1782-1840)
      Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major

      Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
      Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

      Schumann (1810-1856)
      Violin Concerto in D Minor, WoO 23

      Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
      Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor

      Lalo (1823-1892)
      Symphonie Espagnole

      Brahms (1833-1897)
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

      Wieniawski (1835-1880)
      Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor

      Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
      Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor
      Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

      Bruch (1838-1920)
      Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor
      Scottish Fantasy

      Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
      Waltz-Scherzo

      Dvořák (1841-1904)
      Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
      Romance in F minor, Op. 11

      Sarasate (1844-1908)
      Carmen Fantasy
      Introduction & Tarantella
      Zigeunerweisen

      Elgar (1857-1934)
      Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

      Glazunov (1865-1936)
      Violin Concerto in A minor

      Sibelius (1865-1957)
      Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

      Julius Conus (1869-1942)
      Violin Concerto in E Minor

      Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
      The Lark Ascending

      Bartók (1881-1945)
      Violin Concerto No. 2
      Rhapsody No. 1

      Stravinsky (1882-1971)
      Violin Concerto in D

      Berg (1885-1935)
      Violin Concerto

      Prokofiev (1891-1953)
      Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19
      Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

      Korngold (1897-1957)
      Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

      Hartmann (1905-1963)
      Concerto funebre

      Shostakovich (1906-1975)
      Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor

      Barber (1910-1981)
      Violin Concerto, Op. 14

      Britten (1913-1976)
      Violin Concerto

      Bernstein (1918-1990)
      Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)

      Corigliano (b. 1938)
      The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin & Orchestra

      Unsuk Chin (b. 1961)
      Violin Concerto

      Samuel Carl Adams (b. 1985)
      Violin Concerto

      Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
      Violin Concerto in D minor

    Projects & Collaborations

    Priday-Kloeckner-Armstrong Trio

    All soloists in their own right, violinist Rachel Lee Priday, cellist Benedict Kloeckner, and pianist Andrew Armstrong have combined powerful forces to create a dynamic new trio.

    Wollschleger Violin Concerto: It is only for those without hope that hope is given

    Violinist Rachel Lee Priday and composer Scott Wollschleger are collaborating on the creation of It is only for those without hope that hope is given, a new Violin Concerto which will build partnerships between professional and community groups in an unusual conceptualization and presentation of the form.

    Additional Offerings

    • Master Class and Chamber Music Workshop

      Rachel has given master classes for students and groups of all ages and levels around the country. Having studied with the late pedagogue Dorothy DeLay, Rachel’s violinistic approach is rooted in the American tradition, while her musicianship centers...

    • Lecture/Demonstrations

      Alongside each of her programs, Rachel is delighted to offer lecture/demonstrations that provide context, deepen appreciation, and illuminate fresh perspectives on the works performed, often by drawing connections to literature and other artistic disci...

    • The Art of Violin

      For violin studios, Rachel offers a special "Art of Violin" studio class. Inspired by Laurence Lesser’s "Aural Heritage of String Playing" course at the New England Conservatory, by her own many “video nights” as a student of Itzhak Perlman, and ...

    • Up Close

      The audience is an integral part of every performance, and Rachel loves the opportunity to meet audience members personally through pre-concert talks, Q&A sessions, and post-concert gatherings in the lobby or onstage. Audiences and presenters can s...

    • Education/Navigation

      This Q&A focuses on successfully navigating the critical years of musical study during high school and college. Topics to be examined may include the university vs. conservatory debate, whether to major in music in college, finding the best teacher...