Violinist Priday performs in Oakmont
Thursday March 14th 2019 -
Violinist Rachel Lee Priday returns to Music at Oakmont on Thursday, March 14, in Berger Center at 1:30 p.m. At her first appearance in this series two years ago, Priday gained many admirers for her elegant playing, beauty of tone, and riveting stage presence. She has appeared as soloist with the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, and National Symphony orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, she is known for her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming.
Priday 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, she moved to New York in 1996 to enter The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman. She earned her B.A. in English from Harvard University and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, through its dual-degree program with Harvard.
David Kaplan will be Priday’s keyboard collaborator in her Oakmont appearance. He has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie. A creative recitalist, Kaplan has performed at the Ravinia Festival, Washington’s National Gallery, Strathmore in Baltimore, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Bargemusic in New York. He studied conducting in Berlin as recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship from 2008-10 and in 2014 earned his DMA degree from Yale University.
For their Oakmont program Priday and Kaplan have chosen a selection of sonatas by Beethoven, Janacek, and Richard Strauss. For more information about Music at Oakmont go to www.musicatoakmont.org.