Rebecca Fischer, first-violinist in the “truly breathtaking” (Washington Post) Chiara Quartet for eighteen years until the quartet’s final season in 2018, tours regularly in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Known for their deeply committed by heart performances and recordings, the Chiara Quartet held residencies at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Harvard University, won top prizes in national and international chamber music competitions such as the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition, and the Astral Artistic Services Audition, and were awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing (Boston Musical Intelligencer), 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 also 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 commissioned works by composers Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Lisa Bielawa, Augusta Read Thomas, Pierre Jalbert, and others, and they have premiered original work in venues such as National Sawdust in New York, the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, KANEKO Gallery in Omaha, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine. They have been in residence at DesignInquiry in Vinalhaven, ME, Arte Studio Ginistrelle in Assisi, Italy, and with the Aster Montessori School in Cambridge, MA, and they are currently developing The Afield School, an organization pioneering interdisciplinary art and performance in mobile, pop-up settings.
Ms. Fischer is in demand as a violin pedagogue, chamber music coach and arts advocate around the United States. She has given masterclasses and run performance and entrepreneurial workshops at the Eastman School, Rice University, Seoul National University, the University of Michigan, and San Francisco Conservatory, among others, and she has served on the faculties of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Greenwood Music Camp. An experienced Teaching Artist trained in Juilliard’s Morse Fellowship program, Ms. Fischer runs a Teaching Artist class for chamber musicians at UNL, as well as offering educational development workshops around the country.
Ms. Fischer holds degrees from Columbia University and The Juilliard School, and her mentors include Kathleen Winkler, Joel Smirnoff, Masao Kawasaki, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Concord, and Takacs Quartets. Ms. Fischer’s writing on artistry and creativity has been featured in Strings Magazine, on the SHAR Music blog, and on her own website blog: rebeccafischerviolin.com. She plays on a Neopolitan violin made by Giuseppe, Antonio and Giovanni Gagliano.