Rachel Lee Priday, Violin
Susan Ellinger, Piano
Critics have praised violinist Rachel Lee Priday for her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.” Join us as we usher in the spring with a program of violin and piano duos celebrating the beauty and burgeoning spirit of the season.
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BEETHOVEN Spring Sonata
COPLAND Appalachian Spring
BRAHMS Sonata in G Major
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Rachel Lee Priday, Violin
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.
Susan Ellinger, Piano
Praised for her “refined, poised and singular” vision, pianist Susan Ellinger is capturing the attention of audiences throughout North America. Combining technical mastery with deeply emotional interpretations of solo and chamber literature, Susan is a pianist comfortable in a range of repertoire from Schubert to Debussy and a champion of new music having worked with composers such as Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Nils Vigeland.
Last season brought collaborations with artists performing the works of Claude Debussy. Most notably Ellinger reimagined Debussy for the stage presenting his Preludes Book One as a theatrical piece replete with poetry and sculpture along- side a live performance and bringing new life to these highly beautiful and pro- grammatic works.
During the 2016-17 season Susan will present concerts surveying the keyboard repertoire of classicism and romanticism presenting late sonatas of Haydn, Mo- zart and Beethoven as well as works by Schubert, Chopin and Brahms. This series of concerts will illustrate the evolution of pianistic and compositional style in the 19th century, the golden age of modern keyboard composition and perfor- mance. A series of recordings based on the programs is planned for late 2016.
Ellinger officially joined the Blue Sage Center for the Arts located in Paonia, Colorado as Artistic Director in 2012 to create and direct a comprehensive concert series program. Since its inception, Ellinger has collaborated with visiting artists such as Darrett Adkins (cello), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), Rachel Priday (vio- lin) and Christina Jennings (flute), who have noted the ‘remarkable community’, ‘incredible quality of life’ and ‘sheer beauty’ of the region where the center is located. The Blue Sage Concert Series runs year-round and consistently performs to sold-out audiences. Over the years it has grown to encompass both classical and world music concerts as well as outreach activities into local public schools and master class workshops provided by visiting artists. Ellinger is committed to making music accessible to all and bringing music performance and education to young audiences.
A protégé of Julian Martin at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Susan went on to study with Leon Fleisher at Peabody Institute and Veda Kaplinsky at The Juilliard School. She is an alumnus of the Taos Festival School of Music where she studied with Robert McDonald.