“Cellist Rhonda Rider…is a glorious cellist”
Cellist Rhonda Rider—whom The Boston Globe calls “a glorious cellist,” remarkable for her “extraordinarily expressive and inventive playing”—was the founding cellist of the Naumburg-award-winning Lydian String Quartet, with whom she performed for over twenty years. Rider is currently Chair of Chamber Music and on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory. During the summer months, she is heard at various festivals including Music from Salem, Green Mountain, Tanglewood, and Token Creek. She is also the cello coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong. An advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered works by such composers as John Harbison, Lee Hyla, and Steve Mackey. In 2010 she was named Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Rider holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.