Chiara String Quartet’s Fischer prepares for solo recital
calendar icon28 Aug 2013 user iconBy Brian Reetz
Rebecca Fischer, violinist of the acclaimed Chiara String Quartet, presents a recital of all unaccompanied violin music on September 10 in UNL's Kimball Recital Hall. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
"Last year I fell in love with both the Telemann Fantasies and Lisa's Bielawa's ‘Kafka Songs’ and knew I had to program them on a solo recital. Both pieces share a sense of fantasy and exploration,” Fischer said. “The Bielawa is quite unusual, in that I play and sing at the same time; I think listeners will enjoy following the profound and witty texts from Kafka's ‘Meditation’, the inspiration for Bielawa's piece."
The program features "Kafka Songs" by Rome Prize-winning composer Lisa Bielawa, written for "singing violinist," in which the performer sings and plays simultaneously. Ms. Fischer will also perform six of Telemann's Fantasies for solo violin using a baroque bow.
Bio: Rebecca Fischer, violinist in the Chiara Quartet, tours regularly in North America, Europe and Asia. Ms. Fischer has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and has served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, and assistant concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy. A passionate educator, Ms. Fischer is a Research Assistant Professor and Hixson-Lied Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, and summer faculty at Greenwood Music Camp. Ms. Fischer graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in Music and Religion and holds a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies from The Juilliard School. Her primary violin teachers include Kathleen Winkler, Joel Smirnoff, and Masao Kawasaki, and she has worked extensively with members of the Juilliard, Takacs, Concord and Cleveland Quartets. In addition to her full-time career as a violinist in the Chiara Quartet, Ms. Fischer is also part of “The Guides,” an interdisciplinary collaboration with her husband, artist and writer Anthony Hawley.