Meredith Riley, violin
Meredith Riley is Assistant Principal second violin in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. Ms. Riley enjoys a varied career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, teacher, jazz violinist, musical collaborator, and the former core strings leader for the RSO educational outreach program. Previously, Meredith was a member of the Erie Philharmonic and Canton Symphony, and appeared as guest Concertmaster of Johnstown Symphony while completing graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of Andrés Cárdenes. Ms. Riley received her BMus in Violin Performance at the University of Texas as a student of Brian Lewis. Other important musical mentors in Meredith’s life include Linda Case, Margaret Pressley, Daniel Ching, and Laura Bossert.
Ms. Riley toured with Sphinx Virtuosi throughout the US in 2016-18, each year performing in the countries most renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Ordway Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, The New World Center and more. As a devoted chamber musician, Riley has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players on one of the Axelrod Stradivarius violins in Washington, DC, and with the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia. While in Richmond, she performs frequently with Classical Revolution RVA, and records frequently with Spacebomb Records.
Summer festivals include Encore School for Strings, Heifetz International Music Festival, Chautauqua, the International Music Academy of Plzen, Czech, MIMU festival in Uberlandia, Brazil, Sunflower Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Bamfield Music by the Sea, Steamboat Strings Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget’s intensive chamber music program, the International Musical Enghien in Brussels, the Wintergreen Music Festival, and Chamber Music at New Park.
Ms. Riley’s accolades include recognition in the Young Texas Artist Awards, Crescendo Music Awards, National Sphinx Competition, and selection as a Young Artist for the Starling Delay Symposium at the Juilliard School and a Bank of America Fellow for the National Alliance for Audition Support’s inaugural program in 2018. Solo appearances include those with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, New England String Orchestra, and both University of Texas Symphony ensembles. Rounding out her classical interests, Ms. Riley has recorded with John Legend, XAmbassadors, and Josh Jacobson among others.
Ms. Riley currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband.