Aimée rieger - Biography
Aimée received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music. During her studies, she participated in music festivals such as the Tanglewood Institute, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Harrisonburg Bach Festival, and Killington Music Festival. More recently, Aimée participated in the Illinois Bach Academy and the New York Continuo Collective String Band led by Grant Herreid and Leah Nelson to concentrate on early music performance.
For ten years, Aimée lived and worked throughout Europe in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. Her many professional orchestral experiences have led her to the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands to perform at the Royal Concertgebouw. Orchestral engagements include, among others, Zomeropera Alden Biesen (Belgium), Constance Chamber Opera (Germany), Schöneck Ensemble (Germany), Basilika Orchestra St. Paulin (Germany), the Buxton Music Society (England), and Oban Bach Orchestra (Scotland). As a soloist, she has 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. She has played under the batons of such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Dohnanyi, David Effron, and Mark Gibson.
Aimée enjoys using music as a vehicle to serve and enhance the greater community as she challenges traditional models for classical music and its role in society. She recently organized and performed in a benefit concert for the ACLU at the Hopewell Valley Vineyard that included internationally renowned artists from the area such as the Dryden Ensemble, baritone Gabriel Crouch, lutenist Daniel Swenberg, baroque violinist Nancy Wilson, and many more. She often serves as an artistic consultant for local arts organizations to assist in the vision and planning of engaging performance events.
In addition to her performance career, Aimée is dedicated to her passion of teaching and guiding students in their individual growth and enjoyment of life through the universal language of music. Her successful teaching has resulted in numerous students’ successful placement in leading music schools, summer programs, and youth orchestras both in the U.S. and abroad. Of special interest, Aimée has studied injury prevention for violinists and believes that the entire body is the musical instrument. This interest has led her to study violin setup with Barbara Greenberg from the Frisch and Denig chinrest fitting system and also to gain certification as a yoga instructor. Aimée has frequently taught workshops for musicians including performance anxiety techniques, body alignment and freedom. and awareness and concentration for optimal practice and performance.
Aimée has studied chamber music with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Ying String Quartet and Cleveland String Quartet, and her principal teachers include Nancy Wilson, Teri Lee, and Mitchell Stern.