Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), violinist Rebecca Fischer is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer of solo, chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire. Garnering attention for her compelling programs of solo violin and singing violinist music, Ms. Fischer has premiered solo works by composers Lisa Bielawa, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Mathew Fuerst, Augusta Read Thomas, Byron Au Yong, Pierre Jalbert and others. Recent solo recital engagements include Columbia University’s Miller Theater Pop-Up series, The Stone, and the University of Oregon. She is the concertmaster of Ensemble Baroklyn, a group run by pianist Simone Dinnerstein specializing in the music of Bach. Ms. Fischer is also 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, and KANEKO in Omaha.
First-violinist of the Chiara String 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, and premiered many major new works by composers such as Philip Glass and Gabriela Lena Frank. Performance highlights include the complete Bartók Quartets by heart at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, several complete Beethoven quartet cycles, and collaborations with such artists as the Juilliard and Saint Lawrence Quartets, 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).
Committed to working with musicians and artists of all kinds, Ms. Fischer has given masterclasses and run workshops at Carnegie Hall, Rice University, Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory, 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 currently teaches 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.). Her writing on artistry and creativity has been published in Strings Magazine, and her first book of personal essays “The Sound of Memory: Themes from a Violinist’s Life” will be available in spring 2022.
Website: Rebecca Fischer
Hyeyung Sol Yoon
Hyeyung Sol Yoon (she, her) has been seeking to connect deeply with audiences since starting her career as a violinist with the Chiara String Quartet in 2000. Out of this desire she launched “Chamber Music in Any Chamber,” that brought her ensemble to over 50 clubs and bars across the country. The quartet’s project of memorizing its repertoire, including the performances of the Complete String Quartets of Bela Bartok at the Ravinia Festival in 2016, also came from this desire. Without stands in the way, the audience could sense the music more vibrantly. Discography includes Jefferson Friedman’s Quartets, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 and the Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók, released in 2016. Hyeyung is the co-founder of Open Space Music, a music event series whose mission is to create multicultural spaces in music where the boundaries between artists and audience fade away and is the founder of Asian Musical Voices of America (AMVA), a platform to create community among Asians working and creating in classical music in the U.S. and to uplift BIPOC experiences within the field. She traveled to Korea in Spring 2019 to research folk performance practices and performed and taught in Tunisia in March 2019 and February 2020 as part of Tunisia88, an organization that has created student-led music clubs in every high school in the country. Hyeyung recently gave a world premiere of Anjna Swaminathan’s Anandham: A Homecoming, a piece commissioned by the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy, at Roulette Intermedium in November 2020. She was the Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University (2008-2014) and a Hixson-Lied Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2005-2018). She is a graduate of The Juilliard School [B.M. and Artist Diploma) where she studied with Sally Thomas and coached with the members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
Website: Hyeyung Sol Yoon