David Coucheron regularly performs in some of the world’s most impressive concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall Weill Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington, and with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Trondheim Philharmonic, Bergen Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, and Sendai Philharmonic. David holds degrees from The Curtis, Juilliard and Guildhall Schools and his teachers include Aaron Rosand, Igor Ozim, Lewis Kaplan and David Takeno. In addition he has collaborated with many distinguished artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Vassily Sinaisky, Jacqueline Ross, Andre Emelianoff, Christian Eggen, Joseph Silverstein, Timothy Eddy, and Ronald Leonard. On December 15, 2009, David was named concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Reid Harris maintains an active solo and chamber music performance schedule while serving as Principal Violist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Harris is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal mentor was Abraham Skernick. He undertook additional studies with William Primrose and Joseph de Pasquale. While at the Music Academy of the West, he was chosen by Primrose to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award for a violist. He has performed with the Players at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and has participated with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. He has taken part in recordings by REM and Stone Temple Pilots. Prior to his ASO appointment, he served as Assistant Principal with the Baltimore Symphony from 1975 to 1979.
Julianne Lee has a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist, appearing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Lee had been assistant principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony orchestra prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this season as their new principal second violinist. She has toured with the Marlboro Music Festival as well as multiple international tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as guest principal violist. In past summers, she has been invited to perform at numerous music festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber music at the Banff Centre, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She is the second violinist of the Johannes String Quartet, an ensemble who has performed commissioned works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Derek Bermel and William Bolcom. Lee graduated with an unanimous First prize at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris in France. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both violin and viola performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory.
Christopher Rex joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as Principal Cellist in 1979, the same year in which he became the first cellist ever to win the string prize in the Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Mr. Rex founded as in Artistic Director of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Madison Chamber Music Festival in Madison, Georgia, and has appeared as recitalist and chamber musician across the nation. After studies at the Curtis Institute and the Julliard School, he was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for seven years before coming to Atlanta. Mr. Rex is a talented painter as well, and created the cover or the new Georgian Chamber Players two-CD set, “Our Sunday Best.”
Elizabeth Pridgen has distinguished herself as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent concerts include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Tilles Center on Long Island, and the “Rising Stars Series” at the Ravinia Festival. Ms. Pridgen has also performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Kosciuszko Foundation, and in recitals in Washington D.C., Aruba, Curaçao, and throughout the Southeast. She has appeared as soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra, and Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. For seven consecutive seasons she has been a featured performer at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.
Julie Coucheron has established an international career, winning first prize in all the national competitions she has attended, in addition to winning prizes in Italy, Germany and in the United States. Ms. Coucheron has worked with musicians such as Lazar Berman, Claude Frank, Emanuel Ax, Vladimir Feltsman, John O’ Connor, Elton John and Chistopher O’Riley and has toured Europe, America, South America and Asia, playing in great halls like Verizon Hall, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees with honors from the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with Christopher Elton and Michael Dussek in addition to getting her teaching Diploma at the same institution. Ms. Coucheron is Artistic Director at the Fjord Cadenza Music Festival in Norway and is also a frequent guest artist at festivals such as the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Bergen International Music Festival, the Kon Tiki Classical Music Fest, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and at La Jolla Summerfest. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2009 she regularly tours Europe and America as a freelance soloist and chamber musician.
Rainer Eudeikis was appointed Principal Cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2019. He was previously the Principal Cellist of the Utah Symphony for five seasons, and has performed in the same role at the Mainly Mozart Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Central City Opera. Born in Texas, Rainer began cello studies at the age of six. Following studies in Colorado with Jurgen de Lemos, he attended the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron, completing his B.M. in 3 years with highest honors. He received his M.M. from Indiana University, where he studied with Eric Kim. In 2014, Rainer completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.
Zhenwei Shi, from Changsha, China, received first prize in the 2010 International String Players Competition in Hong Kong and third prize in the 2014 Johansen International Young String Players Competition in the USA. He was also awarded the Special Jury Prize from the 2016 XII Lionel Tertis Viola International Competition, the Regent’s Award from Duchess of Gloucester of British Royalty and Royal Academy of Music, and a scholar from Drake Calleja Trust and ABRSM in UK from 2016. Mr. Shi has performed as a solo violist and chamber musician at prestigious venues such as Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Mr. Shi has been invited to be a guest player in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2018. Mr. Shi was appointed by Maestro Robert Spano as Principal Viola at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2019.