Elizabeth Prior

Viola*

An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the Principal Violist with the Santa Rosa Symphony and is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet. She recently joined the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is the Associate Principal with the Marin Symphony and performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Skywalker Symphony, and the Farallon Quintet. Other orchestral positions include the Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate Principal) and the Cape Town Symphony. She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.


A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Other engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Grand Tetons Music Festival, Chamber Ensemble Cologne, Grass Valley and Mendocino summer festivals, Midsummer Mozart and Chamber Music San Francisco. She performed regular viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles on piano. She recently released her new CD Viola Romance with Miles Graber on Piano.

*regular substitute

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