Deborah Tien Price, Violin
Deborah was born in Warwick, RI and began studying the violin as a fourth-grader through the Cedar Hill Elementary School string program, created by Carol Pellegrino. She’ll always be grateful for the opportunities presented to her in her formative years by Pellegrino, private teachers Monica Lowry-Gerard and Jonathan Sturm, and youth orchestra conductors Ann Danis and Nedo Pandofi. Through the investment and efforts of these and other Rhode Island musicians, Deborah’s passion for orchestral, chamber, and solo music and her great love of teaching was born.
Since moving to the Bay Area in 1997, Deborah has become an active member of the music scene, performing with many local ensembles including the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony, SF Chamber Orchestra, SF Lyric Opera, Alexander String Quartet, California Symphony, Composer’s, Inc., and The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Deborah’s move to the Bay Area was prompted by an invitation by famed violin teacher, Camilla Wicks. Prior to that, she earned degrees at the Eastman School of Music and Louisiana State University, studying with Lynn Blakeslee and Camilla Wicks. She then moved to Norway, where she performed as a leader in the BarrattDue Chamber Orchestra, and with the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and on NRK, the national television network of Norway.
Aside from classical music, she has also enjoyed playing with popular artists, among them Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Enya, Bjork, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, and Johnny Mathis. Deborah can also be heard on movie soundtracks and video games recorded at the Skywalker Soundstage. In addition, she has enjoyed being a part of innumerable Broadway musicals ranging from “The Phantom of the Opera” to “The Lion King” and “Wicked”.
Finally, a large part of Deborah’s professional life includes teaching and encouraging young and young-at-heart musicians through private study, classes, or chamber music. She has taught at the Crowden School, SF Community Music Center, the Marin Conservatory, Louisiana State University, and University of Colorado.
Deborah resides in Marin County in the town of Mill Valley with her husband, violinist and composer, Evan Price, of the Turtle Island Quartet and the Hot Club of San Francisco.