n active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the
principal violist with the Santa Rosa symphony and is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet. She recently joined the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is associate principal with the Marin Symphony and performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and The Farallon Quintet. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony. She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, 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 has done 2 recent tours with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Other engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music
Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Midsummer Mozart and "Chamber Music San Francisco". She performed regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles accompanying on the piano.
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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