Meredith Riley is a violinist from Ithaca, NY, currently residing in Richmond, VA. She recently completed Graduate school receiving an Advanced Music Studies certificate in Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Mellon University under the tutelage of world renowned violinst, Andres Cardenes. She received a Bachelors in Music in 2012 after studying violin performance at the University of Texas in Austin. While living in Pittsburgh, Meredith was a member of both Canton Symphony, and the Erie Philharmonic first violin section since 2014. In 2015, she was elected to sit as acting Principal second in the Erie Philharmonic until she won the core violin position in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in 2017.
Her performance awards include the winner of the UTSO competition in 2011, a finalist in the Young Texas Artist competition in 2011, a semi-finalist in the Crescendo music awards in 2010, and a recipient of the Starling scholarship for study at Seattle Conservatory during her senior year of high school. Among other awards, Riley was a junior semi-finalist in 2007 and 2008 National Sphinx Competitions for African American and Latino String players, and has made solo appearances with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, New England String Orchestra in addition to the University of Texas Symphony Orchestras. In June 2009, she was selected as a Young Artist for the Starling Delay Symposium at the Juilliard School.
Some of Meredith’s summer festival experiences include Encore School for Strings, Heifetz International Music Festival, Chautauqua MSFO, International Music Academy of Plzen in Czech Republic, Sunflower Music Festival, Domaine Forget’s intensive chamber music program, Toronto Summer Music Festival, St. Lawrence String Seminar, Bowspeed Masterclass in Cordoba, Spain, Music by the Sea in Bamfield, BC, International Music Enghien Encounters in Belgium, and Steamboat Strings Music Festival.
Riley is passionate about outreach in different communities and joined Sphinx Virtuosi for the 2016 and 2017 tours playing at some of the countries finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New World Center, the Kennedy Center, and Ordway Concert Hall among others.