A n active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the
  principal violist with the Santa Rosa Symphony and a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Elizabeth is also the Assistant Principal violist with the Marin Symphony, and season substitute with the San Francisco Opera. She performs occasionally with the San Francisco Symphony and the Pittsburgh (PA) Symphony, and is a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate principal) and the Cape Town Symphony. She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk (Southwest Radio, Germany), Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.

  A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the
  International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her debut
at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra.

 She tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble
 of Cologne in France and was recently featured with the Santa Rosa Symphony.

 Other solo and chamber music engagements include:
 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (Florida), Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Midsummer Mozart and "Chamber Music San Francisco."   She has been a member of the Bay Area’s Farallon Quintet, and performed internationally for thirteen years with Maestro Donald Runnicles accompanying on the piano.
 In 2017 Elizabeth launched her album, "Viola Romance,"
 with pianist Miles Graber. The album is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

In December, 2020, I had a delightful conversation with Maestro Francesco Lecce Chong of the Santa Rosa symphony.
I am pleased to share it with you here.

Also in December, 2020, I had the extraordinary opportunity to perform in recital with Kymry Esainko.
The selections:
RAVEL: Pièce en forme de Habañera [Piece in Shape of Habañera] for Viola and Piano
RAVEL: Pavane pour infant défunte [Pavane for a Dead Princess] for Viola and Piano
HENRI VIEUXTEMPS: Élégie in F minor for Viola and Piano
This recital was underwritten by Ava and Sam Guerrera.

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Now available:

My new CD, with Miles Graber,

CD: Viola Romance

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Viola Romance


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