SBO Spotlight: Aimée Rieger, violinist
During Covid: I decided early on to utilize the time I have been given to concentrate on the things I am passionate about and bridge the barrier of distance by connecting with my colleagues and friends via the technology we now rely so heavily on. I am pursuing a variety of professional group activities via zoom such as studying string treatises, analyzing Bach Cantatas in liturgical order, taking Baroque Dance classes with New York Baroque Dance Company, and learning as much repertoire as possible. To keep up with performing and reach out to the community, I am working on a “porch concert series” for my neighborhood, and I look forward to starting that in the next month. I try to focus on what I CAN do rather than the negatives which sometimes seem like huge hurdles each day. I am thankful to be a teacher and have students who propel me forward with interest and questions that constantly keep me exploring to a deeper level. Going forward, I would like to learn more about the technology that will help us go further as musicians during distanced times and reach our audiences and I would like to record with my colleagues in this form. Music in turn helps me ride the balance between a daily effort to help others in need, and manage the unpredictable, everchanging dark and light. With each cancellation, I look forward to collaborative live music making…what an emotional experience that will be!
About Aimée Rieger: Aimée enjoys an active international career performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player on both modern and baroque violin. Recent engagements include performances with Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver B.C., Fuma Sacra Baroque Orchestra as part of the Illinois Bach Festival, New York Continuo Collective String Band, and as concertmaster of the Bellingham Chamber Chorale Orchestra. Previous engagements include, among others, the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, Zomeropera Alden Biesen (Belgium), Constance Chamber Opera (Germany), Schöneck Ensemble (Germany), Basilika Orchestra St. Paulin (Germany), the Buxton Music Society (England), Oban Bach Orchestra (Scotland). As a soloist, she appeared numerous times at the Constantine Basilika Trier (Germany), a former palace of Roman Emperor Constantine, in repertoire ranging from solo Bach to the Romantic.
In addition to teaching applied violin and chamber music, Aimée is the creator of Body Scales©, a class for performing artists designed to enhance performance, prevent injury, manage stress, and address performance anxiety. She received her undergraduate degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music and has studied with Nancy Wilson, Chloe Meyers, Tekla Cunningham, Marc Destrubé, Leah Nelson, Mitchell Stern, and Teri Lee. Outside of fiddling, Aimée loves being active with her family outdoors or in with her cats reading books and cooking.
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