Praised for her ‘impeccable tone, pitch, dynamics and phrasing’ (Chestnut Hill Local), English violinist Rebecca Harris performs on both period and modern instruments. Her artistic life is a love letter to the colorful history of the violin, with a special passion for the very old and the very new.
Rebecca’s obsessions with style and history began in childhood, and have grown into a way of life. She is a specialist in historically informed performance, and is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader in the field. Rebecca is a founding member of both the Franklin Quartet and Night Music, performing music of the Classical period on original instruments. She serves as Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Bach Collegium in their series Bach@7 in collaboration with Choral Arts Philadelphia, and as Principal Second Violin of Tempesta di Mare. Additionally, Rebecca has appeared with baroque ensembles across the United States, including Piffaro, Washington Bach Consort, Rebel Baroque Orchestra (New York), Musica Redemptor (Austin), Spire Chamber Ensemble (Kansas City), The Raritan Players, Handel Choir of Baltimore, The Dryden Ensemble, and Nassau Sinfonia (Princeton). She appears regularly in recital, and recently recorded her debut solo album, A String Mysterious, featuring music by Heinrich Biber, and new works by Riho Esko Maimets and Mark Rimple, for upcoming release.
Combining her passions for new music and collaboration with vocalists, Rebecca has performed and recorded with The Crossing (appearing on the ensemble’s GRAMMY nominated recording of Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer), Choral Arts Philadelphia (David Ludwig: Hannukah Cantata), Maren Montalbano (Sea Tangle: Songs from the North), and Andrew Lipke (Siddhartha).
Rebecca joined the violin faculty of the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program in 2014, and is a member of the Teaching Artist faculty of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Partnership Program.
Rebecca is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, United Kingdom) where she studied with Richard Ireland, after initial studies as a scholar in the specialist music program at Wells Cathedral School.