Rachel Lee Priday
“It’s not just her technique either, although clearly there’s nothing she can’t do on the fingerboard or with her bow. No, what’s most impressive is that she is already an artist who can make the music sing… And though her tone is voluptuous and sexy where it counts, she concluded the ‘Intermezzo’ with such charm that her listeners responded with a collective chuckle of approval as she finished.”
The Baltimore Sun
Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and “irresistible panache” (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her “dazzling, forceful technique,” “rich, mellifluous sound,” and “silvery fluidity.” Combining a fierce intelligence with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.
“Mr Dussek’s lovely accompaniment achieved a balance of shining precision.”
The Daily Telegraph
Michael Dussek has been described as “an outstanding artist” and a “hugely respected pianist”. In January 2014 Fanfare Magazine, USA, described his playing as “nothing short of amazing”.
Michael specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. For more than thirty years he has been privileged to perform in the world’s major concert halls with internationally acclaimed artists such as violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Antje Weithaas and Xue Wei, cellist Ofra Harnoy and singers Bernarda Fink, Stephan Loges, Christopher Maltman, Ian Partridge, Joan Rodgers and Vassily Savenko. He has also collaborated with the Bridge, Chilingirian, Coull and Dante String Quartets. Since 2006 he has undertaken three major recital tours of Japan with violinist Ryu Goto, with whom he has also performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2008 he formed a duo with violinist Leoš Čepický; they have performed at major British and European festivals, including the Prague Proms, also collaborating with cellist Gemma Rosefield.
As a member of three chamber ensembles, the Dussek Piano Trio, Endymion and Primavera, Michael performs regularly at Britain’s major concert venues. With Endymion he gave the opening concerts at Kings Place and has appeared recently in the Wigmore Hall’s Coffee Concerts and Chamber Music Series.
Michael’s discography is extensive and includes 23 CDs in Dutton Epoch’s highly acclaimed series of recordings of 20th century British composers. These include York Bowen’s first three Piano Concertos with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Vernon Handley. The first Concerto was selected for Fanfare Magazine’s illustrious Hall of Fame. His recording of Edmund Rubbra’s Violin Sonatas with Krysia Osostowicz was nominated for a Gramophone Award. He has recorded four CDs with Ryu Goto for Deutsche Grammophon. Their 2006 Suntory Hall Recital including sonatas by Strauss and Brahms, also recorded on DVD, has received particular acclaim.
Michael Dussek is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is also Head of Piano Accompaniment.