Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), violinist Rebecca Fischer is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer. First-violinist of the Chiara Quartet for eighteen years until the group’s final season in 2018, she recorded and performed numerous works by heart, held residencies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harvard University, won top prizes in national and international chamber music competitions, premiered over thirty major new works by composers such as Philip Glass and Gabriela Lena Frank, and was awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Performance highlights include the complete Bartók Quartets by heart at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, several complete Beethoven quartet cycles, US tours of clubs and bars under the tagline “Chamber Music in Any Chamber,” and collaborations with such artists as The Juilliard and Saint Lawrence Quartets, Simone Dinnerstein, Roger Tapping, and the electronic duo Matmos. Ms. Fischer has recorded for Azica Records (the complete string quartets of Brahms and Bartók) and New Amsterdam Records (the string quartets of Jefferson Friedman, a Grammy-nominated album).
Ms. Fischer is a member of The Afield, a multidisciplinary collaboration with visual artist Anthony Hawley combining new and original compositions for violin, voice, and electronics with video and other media. The Afield has performed at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, Omaha’s KANEKO Gallery, Boston University and Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, premiering works for solo and singing violinist by Augusta Read Thomas, Lisa Bielawa, Paola Prestini, Nico Muhly, Pierre Jalbert, Mathew Fuerst and Byron Au Yong, among others. In 2018-19 The Afield will launch The Afield School, an artist-led, mobile, pop-up arts experience serving and inspiring the larger community.
Ms. Fischer is in demand as a violin pedagogue, chamber music coach, consultant and teaching artist. She has given masterclasses and run workshops at the Eastman School, Rice University, Seoul National University, the University of Michigan, and San Francisco Conservatory, and she served for over a decade on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently teaching violin and chamber music at Mannes College/the New School for Music and at Greenwood Music Camp. Ms. Fischer holds degrees from Columbia University and The Juilliard School, and her writing on artistry and creativity has been published in Strings Magazine, on the SHAR Music blog, and on her own website: rebeccafischerviolin.com.
Photos by Ben Semisch