Personal Summary / Bio
Rebecca Harris performs on both modern and early violins. Praised for her ‘luminosity’ she embodies the diverse musicianship characteristic of her generation of classical musicians, and is in demand as a versatile performing and recording artist.
A specialist in the field of historically informed performance, Rebecca joined Tempesta di Mare in 2007 and appears on the orchestra’s critically acclaimed orchestral recordings for Chandos Records. She has performed with the ensemble as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player on concert series in the United States and Germany. Rebecca regularly leads the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in their series Bach at 7 in collaboration with Choral Arts Philadelphia. She has performed with early music ensembles across the United States including Piffaro, Seraphic Fire, Publick Musick, New Trinity Baroque, Spire Chamber Ensemble and the orchestra of the Handel Choir of Baltimore.
Sought after as a soloist and chamber musician, Rebecca’s recent and upcoming engagements include recital appearances on Tempesta di Mare’s Artist Recital Series, for the Society for Eighteenth Century Music and the Haydn Society of North America, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, with Ensemble la Bernardinia, the University of Pennsylvania Composers Forum and at the Cheltenham International Music Festival (UK). Her chamber music partners have included Richard Stone (archlute/theorbo), Andrew Willis (fortepiano), Alan Morrison (piano), Geoffrey Burgess (oboe), Rainer Beckmann (recorder), Elizabeth Morgan-Ellis (harp) and Laura Heimes (soprano).
Rebecca has performed new solo and chamber works by composers Markus Stockhausen, Stratis Minakakis, Andrew McPherson and Andrea Clearfield. In 2012, she recorded the violin solos in David Ludwig’s Hannukah Cantata with Choral Arts Philadelphia. Rebecca records and performs with songwriter Andrew Lipke, with whom she has performed in New York City, Philadelphia and for Sofar Sounds.
As an educator and teaching artist, Rebecca currently serves on the faculty of the Philadelphia Orchestra School Partnership Program. She is a Live Connections Artist, in which role she has co-written and performed Bridge Sessions with Andrew Lipke, Joseph Conyers, Lela Aisha Jones and Daniel Han at World Café Live for young people in Philadelphia and Wilmington.
Rebecca is an alumna of the Britten Pears Young Artists Program (UK) where she performed under Oliver Knussen, James MacMillan, Paul Daniel, Alexander Polianichko and Richard Egarr, and of Symphony in C (one of three professional training orchestra in the United States) under Rossen Milanov. Rebecca regularly performs with the orchestra of Pennsylvania Ballet and The Philly Pops.
After early training in the specialist music program at Wells Cathedral School, Rebecca graduated with first class honors from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), having also been awarded the RNCM’s Cowel Prize for Violin in 2003 and Granada Prize for Chamber Music in 2006. Rebecca was the recipient of a major grant from the Joanna Scott Foundation in 2006. Rebecca studied violin with Richard Ireland, baroque violin with Pauline Nobes and chamber music with the late Christopher Rowland.