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 Associate Principal Violin of Tempesta di Mare. Additionally, Rebecca has appeared with baroque ensembles and choirs across the United States, including Piffaro, Washington Bach Consort, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Musica Redemptor, The Dryden Ensemble, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Handel Choir of Baltimore, and Nassau Sinfonia.
Recent recital engagements have included Tempesta di Mare’s Artist Recital Series, the Society for Eighteenth Century Music and Haydn Society of North America, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia Chamber Series, Ensemble la Bernardinia, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, Amherst Early Music, Fringe Arts Philadelphia, and Music at Gretna, amongst others.
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: 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. For LiveConnections, she has co-created and performed interactive Bridge Sessions for young people in Philadelphia and Wilmington. Rebecca has coached historical performance practice at the Boyer School of Music at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Rebecca holds a B.Mus (Hons) degree in Violin Performance from 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. As a student at the RNCM, Rebecca was awarded the Cowel Prize for Violin and First Prize in the Granada Prize for Chamber Music. Rebecca is an alumna of the Britten Pears Young Artists Program (United Kingdom) and of Symphony in C.