Rachel Lee Priday
violinist
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John Novacek

A consistently exciting artist, renowned globally for her spectacular technique, sumptuous sound and deeply probing musicianship, violinist RACHEL LEE PRIDAY has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, among them the Chicago, Houston, National, Pacific, St. Louis and Seattle symphony orchestras, Boston Pops Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Germany’s Staatskapelle Berlin. Her distinguished recital appearances have brought her to eminent venues, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, Paris’ Musée du Louvre, Germany’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Switzerland’s Verbier Festival. Ms. Priday has also toured the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Since making her orchestral debut at the 1997 Aspen Music Festival, Rachel Lee Priday has performed with numerous orchestras across the United States, including those of Alabama, Bangor, Colorado, Knoxville, Rockford and Springfield (MA), as well as the New York Youth Symphony. In Europe and Asia, she has appeared at Germany’s Moritzburg Festival and with orchestras in Graz, Austria, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea, where she performed with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian State Symphony Orchestra on tour.

Passionately committed to new music and creating enriching community and global connections, Rachel Lee Priday’s wide-ranging repertoire and multidisciplinary collaborations reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives. Recent seasons have seen a new Violin Sonata commissioned from Pulitzer Prize Finalist Christopher Cerrone and the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s The Orphic Moment in an innovative staging that mixed poetry, drama, visuals and music. She has collaborated often with Ballet San Jose, and was lead performer in “Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart”, theatrical concerts with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ms. Priday’s work as soloist with the Asia America New Music Instituted promoted new music relationships and cultural exchange between Asia and the Americas, combining music premieres and educational outreach in the United States, China, Korea and Vietnam.

Rachel Lee Priday began her violin studies at the age of four in Chicago. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York City to study with the iconic 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 worked with Miriam Fried. In the fall of 2019, she joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Music as Assistant Professor of Violin.

Rachel Lee Priday has been profiled in The New Yorker, The Strad, Los Angeles Times and Family Circle. Her performance have been broadcast on major media outlets in the United States, Germany, Korea, South Africa and Brazil, including a televised concert in Rio de Janeiro, numerous appearances on Chicago’s WFMT and American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” She has also been featured on the Disney Channel, “Fiddling for the Future” and “American Masters” on PBS, and the Grammy Awards.

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

www.rachelleepriday.com

BACH, J.S.

Concerto #1 in a, BWV 1041
Concerto #2 in E, BWV 1042
Concerto in g, BWV 1056R (Reconstruction)
Concerto in d for 2 Violins, BWV 1043

BARBER

Concerto, Op. 14

BARTÓK

Concerto #2 (1938)
Rhapsody #1

BEETHOVEN

Concerto in D, Op. 61
Concerto in C, Op. 56 (“Triple”)
Romance #2 in F, Op. 50

BERG

Concerto (1935)

BERNSTEIN

Serenade (1954)

BRAHMS

Concerto in D, Op. 77

BRITTEN

Concerto in d, Op. 15

BRUCH

Concerto #1 in g, Op. 26
Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

CHAUSSON

Poème, Op. 25

CONUS, Julius

Concerto in e

CORIGLIANO

The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin & Orchestra

DVORÁK

Concerto in a, Op. 53
Romance in f, Op. 11

ELGAR

Concerto in b, Op. 61

GLAZUNOV

Concerto in a, Op. 82

HARTMANN, Karl Amadeus

Concerto funèbre

HAYDN

Concerto #1 in C
Concerto #2 in D

KHACHATURIAN

Concerto in d (1940)

KORNGOLD

Concerto in D, Op. 35

LALO

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

MASSENET

Méditation

MENDELSSOHN

Concerto in e, Op. 64

MOZART

Concerto #3 in G, K. 216
Concerto #4 in D, K. 218
Concerto #5 in A, K. 219
Sinfonia concertante in E-flat, K. 364

PAGANINI

Concerto #1 in D, Op. 6

PROKOFIEV

Concerto #1 in D, Op. 19
Concerto #2 in g, Op. 63

RAVEL

Tzigane (1924)

SAINT-SAËNS

Concerto #3 in b, Op. 61
Havanaise, Op. 83
Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

SARASATE

Carmen Fantasy
Introduction & Tarantella, Op. 43
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

SCHUMANN

Concerto in d, WoO 23

SHOSTAKOVICH

Concerto #1 in a, Op. 99

SIBELIUS

Concerto in d, Op. 47

STRAVINSKY

Concerto in D (1931)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Concerto in D, Op. 35
Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

The Lark Ascending

VIEUXTEMPS

Concerto #5 in a, Op. 37

VIVALDI

L’estro Armonico, Op. 3
Concerto #5 in A for 2 Violins, RV 517
Concerto #6 in a, RV 356
Concerto #10 in b for 4 Violins, RV 580
The Four Seasons, Op. 8

WIENIAWSKI

Concerto #2 in d, Op. 22

It’s not just her technique, although clearly there’s nothing she can’t do on the fingerboard or with her bow. No, what’s most impressive is that she is already an artist who can make the music sing.

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Lee comes home with irresistible panache [headline]
Her sound is big and luscious enough to ride the orchestral crests comfortably, yet supple enough to make the singing paragraphs soar. Her bow work combines dazzling dexterity with an idiomatic feel for Prokofiev’s [Concerto #2] quirky Slavic rhythms. Not only did she pour out endless floods of ardent lyricism in the slow movement, but she also dispatched the finale’s whirling bravura with irresistible panache.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Rachel Lee’s performance was nothing short of exquisite; words could not describe this violinist’s talents, Indeed, Lee is among the most talented musicians in the world.

THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

Lee is the real thing. She played the [Tchaikovsky] Violin Concerto with a rich, mellifluous sound and negotiated the work’s demanding running passages with chiseled clarity. Lee was particularly eloquent in the concert’s second movement, and she brought a dazzling, forceful technique to bear on the third movement.

THE GREENVILLE NEWS (South Carolina)

Lee seemed not the least intimidated by [Paganini’s fiendishly difficult 1816 Violin Concerto #1]. She coped with the music’s acrobatic turns and leaps with immaculate precision, but amid all the violin fireworks she also played with expressive phrasing and warmth of tone. This was especially apparent in the slow movement that she turned into a welcome oasis of Italianate lyricism. In the racehorse Finale, Lee’s execution of the bouncing spiccato passages was truly dazzling. The audience gave Lee a well-deserved standing ovation.

THE BUFFALO NEWS

Priday is an alluring, enigmatic performer, delighting in the contrasts of ethereal serenity and electrifying volcanism. Her interpretation of the concerto [Prokofiev #1] was an exploration of these ideas, opening on a single glistening gossamer thread that became darker, thicker, and more menacing. Accentuating the harmonic angst of the second subject and its edgy awkwardness, she revealed the volcano–a lava-flow of shredding scales and explosive pizzicato. She’s a live wire!

#CONCERT REVIEW (Cape Town, South Africa)
by Andy Wilding

The brilliant young-Korean-American violinist, Rachel Lee Priday, whose solo career with major orchestras now spans the globe, is also a noted chamber artist. Lee Priday performed her sonata [Beethoven #7] with splendid confidence and depth of emotion, emphasizing the power of the C minor repeated figures and their sweet complements in the relative major. She and pianist [Michael] Brown made eye contact repeatedly, and their ineffable communication yielded strikingly coordinated dynamics and, in the second movement, exquisitely stunning pauses between forceful exhortations, romantic phrases, and blazing C major scales. Beethoven’s dazzling human insight and sense of humor radiated through cascades of questions-and-answers, quick shifts from major to minor, and deliciously offset accents. The fourth movement was a revelatio9n of Beethoven the conjurer at the heights of his powers, the marvelously slow beginning giving way to a steaming allegro with multiple rhythmic and harmonic punctuations. In the end these astounding young players, whose exchanges gathered height and tremendous intensity, constructed yet another musical edifice, topped off by a wild presto with echoes of passionate gypsy dance.

THE BERKSHIRE EDGE (Massachusetts)

BSO delivers moving, thrilling concert [headline]
The Violin Concerto No. 3 of Saint-Saëns is a showpiece for the composer’s gifts for melody and orchestral color. The soloist, Rachel Lee Priday, boasts an impressive resumé of concert and recital performance. She played the opening theme powerfully and easily tossed off the work’s challenging pyrotechnics.

THE ELLSWORTH AMERICAN (Maine)

The American violinist Rachel Lee Priday came out to play the solo in Brahms’s concerto in D. [Williams] Eddins and Priday seemed unified in their singular conception of Brahms and the piece. Theirs was the raging, thundering, table-thumping, heaven-storming, kick-stomping Brahms, a composer of boundless fury and unlimited ecstasy, albeit one who expresses his extremes in backward-looking classical forms and traditional structures, and an abiding sense of beauty and lyricism. Eddins and Priday phrased all sections of the entire concerto in tandem, arcing wondrous long lines of thought and emotion over bar line after bar line. They kept close communion throughout, sometimes even seeming to dance together to the music. Priday, who plays with enormous and strong sound, soared with bravura through her virtuosic part; as the orchestra took up the theme in the finale, she urged them to play it faster.

VIOLINIST.COM

9/22/2019 (3pm)

SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CENTER (Newton, MA)

Nordic Hall

Nielsen, Prelude, Theme & Variations
J.S. Bach: Chaconne
Salonen: Lachen verlernt
Saariaho: Nocturne

9/23/2019 (7pm)

CARRIAGE HOUSE VIOLINS (Newton, MA)

Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Bartók: 6 Romanian Folk Dances
with Kyle Orth, pianist

9/25/2019 (7pm)

KLAVIERHAUS (NYC)

Bernstein: Canon for Aaron
Bartók: 6 Romanian Folk Dances
Salonen: Lachen verlernt
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Frank: Violin Sonata
with Jun Cho, pianist

10/20/2019 (3pm)

FRIENDS OF MUSIC OF STAMFORD, NY

Stamford United Methodist Church

Mozart: Violin Sonata #21
Salonen: Lachen verlernt
Bernstein: Canon for Aaron
Bartók: 6 Romanian Folk Dances
Frank: Violin Sonata
with Marija Stroke, pianist

10/24/2019 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle)

Meany Center for the Performing Arts

Bernstein: Canon for Aaron
Bartók: 6 Romanian Folk Dances
Salonen: Lachen verlernt
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Frank: Violin Sonata
with Julio Elizalde, pianist

11/1/2019 (8pm)

JAMESTOWN CONCERT ASSOCIATION (NY)

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Boccherini: Oboe Quintet
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
Dvorák: String Quintet #2
with Frisson

11/3/2019 (3pm)

CONCERTS AT THE POINT

Westport Point United Methodist Church (MA)

Boccherini: Oboe Quintet
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
Dvorák: String Quintet #2
with Frisson

12/6/2019 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

David Alexander Rahbee, conductor
Meany Center for the Performing Arts (Seattle)

Haydn: Sinfonia concertante
soloists: Mary Lynch, oboist
Seth Krimsky, bassoonist
Rachel Lee Priday, violinist
Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cellist

12/9/2019 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle)

Meany Center for the Performing Arts

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios I
Trios: #1, 2, 7, 3
with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cellist
Craig Sheppard, pianist

12/15/2019 (2pm)

WQXR HOLIDAY CONCERT (NYC)

The Greene Space

Tchaikovsky/Kallor: The Nutcracker
with Gregg Kallor

1/31/2020 (7:30pm)

METHOW VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Seasons Concert Hall (Yakima, WA)

arr. Danish String Quartet: Sønderho Bridal Triology (Parts I & II)
Shostakovich: String Quartet #8
Mendelssohn: String Quartet #3
with Helen Kim, violinist
Christine Grossman, violist
Kevin Krentz, cellist

2/1/2020 (7:30pm)

METHOW VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Merc Playhouse (Twisp, WA)

arr. Danish String Quartet: Sønderho Bridal Triology (Parts I & II)
Shostakovich: String Quartet #8
Mendelssohn: String Quartet #3
with Helen Kim, violinist
Christine Grossman, violist
Kevin Krentz, cellist

2/8/2020 (7:30pm)
2/9/2020 (3pm)

GRAND JUNCTION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (CO)

Charles Latshaw, conductor
The Avalon Theatre

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

2/14/2020 (7:30pm)

GRAND JUNCTION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (CO)

Two Rivers Winery & Chateau

Mozart: Violin Sonata #26
C. Schumann: 3 Romances
R. Schumann: Violin Sonata #1
with David Kaplan, pianist

2/29/2020 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle)

Meany Center for the Performing Arts

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios II
Trios: #4, 5, Allegretto in E-flat, 6
with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cellist
Craig Sheppard, pianist

3/21/2020(6pm)

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington, MA)

Ravel: Sonatine
Debussy: Cello Sonata
L. Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps
Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo capriccioso
Fauré: Piano Quartet #1
with Dov Scheindlin, violist
Tehuda Hanani, cellist
Mikael Darmanie Biran, pianist

4/2/2020 (5:30pm)

ARENA STAGE AT THE MEAD CENTER FOR AMERICAN THEATER (Washington, DC)

Murai: Sakura on the Potomac
Hirai: Portraits of Sakura
Newman: Cherry Blossom Fantasy
Djupstrom: Songs of Spring
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet #1
with Eric Silberger, violinist
Andrew Gonzalez, violist
Clancy Newman, cellist
Ryo Yanagitani, pianist

4/4/2020 (8pm)

WESTMORELAND CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF

CHRIST (Bethesda, MD)

Murai: Sakura on the Potomac
Hirai: Portraits of Sakura
Newman: Cherry Blossom Fantasy
Djupstrom: Songs of Spring
Dohnányi: Piano Quintet #1
with Eric Silberger, violinist
Andrew Gonzalez, violist
Clancy Newman, cellist
Ryo Yanagitani, pianist 

4/17/2020 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

Meany Center for the Performing Arts (Seattle)

with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cellist
Christina Valdes, pianist
Bonnie Whiting, percussionist

4/21/2020 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

Meany Center for the Performing Arts (Seattle)

Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cellist
Christina Valdes, pianist
Bonnie Whiting, percussionist
UW Modern Music Ensemble

5/19/2020 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle)

Meany Center for the Performing Arts

Duo-Recital with Timo Andres, composer/pianist
Stravinsky: Duo Concertant
Cerrone: Violin Sonata
Wolfe: Mink Stole
Andres: Three Suns (world premiere)
Holcomb: wherein lies the good
Copland: Violin Sonata

10/30/2020 (7:30pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

David Alexander Rahbee, conductor
Meany Center for the Performing Arts (Seattle)

Beethoven: Violin Concerto

12/6/2020 (4pm)

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION (Washington, DC)

Music Room

Stravinsky: Duo Concertant
Cerrone: Violin Sonata
Wolfe: Mink Stole
Andres: Three Suns
Holcomb: wherein lies the good (piano solo)
Copland: Violin Sonata
with Timo Andres, pianist

4/17/2021 (7:30pm)

GULF COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTR

Peter Rubardt, conductor
Immersive Media Performing Arts Center, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Gulfport)

5/1/2021 (2pm)

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

David Alexander Rahbee, conductor
Benaroya Hall (Seattle)

Brahms: Double Concerto
with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cellist

5/8/2021 (7:30pm)

ROANOKE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (VA)

David Stewart Wiley, conductor
Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

5/16/2021 (2:30pm)
5/18/2021 (7:30pm)

PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (ME)

Eckart Preu, conductor
Merrill Auditorium at City Hall

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (mvt I: Allegro non troppo)
String Orchestra of Brooklyn
Eli Spindel, conductor
February 1, 2016

Cerrone: Sonata for Violin & Piano
with David Kaplan, pianist
Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC)
August, 2016

Mozart: Violin Sonata #21 in e, K. 304 (complete)
with Ron Regev, pianist
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Chicago Cultural Center
July, 2010

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 (mvt. III: Allegro vivacissimo)
Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra
Johnny Poon, conductor
April 10, 2011

Artist Profile
IriScape Productions (Boston)
with Hannah Shields, pianist
May, 2011

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto #2 in g, Op. 63 (mvt I: Allegro moderato) – audio only
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
February, 2007

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto #2 in g, Op. 63 (mvts II: Andante assai & III Allegro ben marcato) – audio only
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
February, 2007