Rhonda Rider, cello

A founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Lydian Quartet, with whom she played for over twenty years, Rhonda Rider is a member of the celebrated piano trio, Triple Helix. Rider’s chamber music and solo recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards and cited as Critic's Choice in both the New York Times and Boston Globe. As a chamber musician she has won numerous prizes at Banff, Evian, Fischoff and Portsmouth Competitions. As a soloist she won the Concert Artists Guild Award as well as an Aaron Copland Recording Grant. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Corcoran Gallery, Wigmore Hall (London), Symphony Space, Library of Congress, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Chamber Music Series. Dedicated to the performance of “new” music, Ms. Rider has premiered and recorded works by such renowned composers as John Harbison, Lee Hyla, Yu-Hui Chang, Bright Sheng and Elliott Carter. 

Rider has given numerous masterclasses at schools including Yale School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Princeton. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the American String Teachers’ Association and Chamber Music America. She has also adjudicated at the Concert Artists Guild, Stulberg and Fischoff Competitions. 

In 2010, Ms. Rider was named Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Eleven pieces for solo cello were commissioned for her residency. The works were performed in fifteen concerts across the U.S. in a wide variety of venues from Boston and Dallas to Wupatki National Monument and rural New York State. Again, in 2015, she was named Artist-in-Residence this time at the Petrified Forest National Park. Ten new solo cello pieces emerged from this project early in 2016-17.

During the summer months, she performs and teaches at festivals including Music From Salem, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, ARIA, Chichibu International Music Festival (Japan), and is the cello coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong). Each spring she holds a cello seminar dedicated to contemporary music in Salem, New York.

Rider holds degrees from Oberlin and Yale. She studied with Richard Kapuscinski, Aldo Parisot, Zara Nelsova and Robert Koff. Twice a recipient of Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Music Division Teacher of the Year, she is currently the Chair of Strings and on the cello faculty there and at Boston University.