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, Ms. Fischer recorded and performed numerous works by heart, held residencies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harvard University, premiered many 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, Robert Levin, 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 quickly garnering attention for her compelling programs comprised of solo and singing violinist works. In the 2018-19 season she will be performing a solo show on Columbia University’s Miller Theater Pop-Up series featuring recent works written by American women, an evening of composer Paola Prestini’s music at The Stone, the premiere of Mathew Fuerst’s “apple silence,” and chamber music and concertmaster appearances in Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, Worcester, MA, and California.
Ms. Fischer is a member of The Afield, a multidisciplinary collaboration with visual artist/writer 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, Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, Boston University, KANEKO in Omaha, and elsewhere, premiering works for solo and singing violinist by Augusta Read Thomas, Lisa Bielawa, Paola Prestini, Nico Muhly, Pierre Jalbert, and Byron Au Yong, among others. In 2017 The Afield launched The Afield School, an artist-led, mobile, pop-up arts experience serving and inspiring the larger community.
Committed to the empowerment of musicians and artists of all kinds, Ms. Fischer is a passionate violin pedagogue, chamber music coach, consultant, and speaker. She has given masterclasses and run workshops at Carnegie Hall, the Eastman School, Rice University, Seoul National University, the University of Michigan, and San Francisco Conservatory, among others, 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 the Mannes School of Music and at Greenwood Music Camp, where she is also Associate Director. Ms. Fischer holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.) and The Juilliard School (M.M., A.D.), 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