Evan Price (Matt Munisteri Band),
Evan is a versatile violinist and composer best known for his work with The Turtle Island Quartet (TIQ) and The Hot Club of San Francisco. He studied at The Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music. At home in both classical and non-classical genres, Evan achieved early success as a contest fiddler, winning first place at the US Scottish Fiddling Championship, the Kentucky State Fiddling Championship, among others. He has performed with many of his fiddling heroes, including Stephane Grappelli, Vassar Clements, and Johnny Gimble. After joining the TIQ in 1997, he spent ten years touring North America and Europe, collaborating with artists such as clarinetist, Paquito D'Rivera, and The Billy Taylor Trio. He recorded five CD's with the group, two of which received GRAMMY awards for Classical Crossover Album of the Year.
Evan continues to make his name as a leading voice in gypsy jazz, primarily through his twenty-one years of playing with the HCSF. He also devotes much of his time to teaching string players the art of improvisation in venues ranging from summer camps to the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to his playing and teaching, Evan has contributed compositions and arrangements to other groups including Chanticleer, The San Francisco Girls' Chorus, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, with whom he also occasionally performs. In 2016, he premiered his Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and in 2017, he released his debut solo album, Dialogues, on Azica Records. Evan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and daughter. facebook.com/evanpriceviolin