Elizabeth Prior

Viola (regular substitute)

Elizabeth Prior


A native of South Africa, Elizabeth Prior was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her debut at Carnegie Hall with Russian Chamber Orchestra.

Prior is a principal violist with Santa Rosa Symphony and a New Century Chamber Orchestra member. In addition, Prior is an associate principal violist with Marin Symphony and a seasonal substitute with San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Orchestra. She performs regularly with San Francisco Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. She has recently worked with Las Vegas Philharmonic and Reno Philharmonic.

In Europe, Prior has played with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, Mannheim Opera Orchestra(s), and toured regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne. In addition, Prior has performed internationally for more than a decade with Maestro Donald Runnicles on the piano.

Other solo and chamber music engagements have included being a founder of Broderick Ensemble, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Midsummer Mozart, Chamber Music San Francisco, and Farallon Quintet.

She recently launched her new album, Viola Romance with Miles Graber, which can be found on Spotify and Apple Music.