n active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the
principal violist with the Santa Rosa symphony and a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is also the associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony, and season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and the Pittsburgh (PA) Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate principal) and the Cape Town Symphony. She has recently worked with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Reno Phil, the 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 toured 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:
Founder of the Broderick Ensemble, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Midsummer Mozart and "Chamber Music San Francisco." She is a member of the Farallon Quintet. She performs regularly on solo recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area and performed internationally for more than a decade with Maestro Donald Runnicles on the piano.
She recently launched her new 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.
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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