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, Stamford Symphony, Greenville Symphony, and re-engagements with the Buffalo Philharmonic, where she performed with conductors JoAnn Falletta and Leon Botstein; recitals at the Sarasota Opera House, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, and a UK recital tour; shows at Joe’s Pub and BAM; a three-city tour of China, including a performance at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and a headline performance at the Utah Arts Festival with the Asia/America New Music Institute; 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.
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, the Musée du Louvre, the Verbier Festival, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany. A graduate of Harvard University in English literature, Rachel’s teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, and Miriam Fried. She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin (Naples, 1760), doublepurfled with fleurs-de-lis, named Alejandro.