Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), violinist Rebecca Fischer is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer. She was first-violinist of the Chiara Quartet for eighteen years until the group’s final season in 2018. She is currently the concertmaster of Baroklyn, an ensemble run by pianist Simone Dinnerstein specializing in the music of Bach, and 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.
Fischer has 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, U.S. tours of clubs and bars of “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.
Fischer is a violin teacher, chamber music coach, consultant, and speaker. Currently, she is teaching violin and chamber music at the Mannes School of Music and at Greenwood Music Camp, where she is Associate Director. Fischer holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.) and The Juilliard School (M.M., A.D.). Her writing on artistry and creativity is published regularly in Strings, and she is currently working on a book of personal essays.