Virginia Price-Kvistad

Principal Second Violin 

Virginia Price-Kvistad was born in England and grew up in North Carolina, where she began violin studies at age nine. Currently Principal of San Francisco Opera Orchestra's second violin section, she spent her high school years at the North Carolina School of the Arts and her summers studying music in Siena, Italy. She won a full scholarship for undergraduate work at Northern Illinois University, where she studied with Samuel Askenasi of the Vermeer Quartet. Two years later, Virginia transferred with another full scholarship American University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated after studies with Raphael Hillyer of the Juilliard Quartet.

Upon moving to the West Coast in 1976, Ms. Price-Kvistad joined the second violin section of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and in 1987 was promoted to Principal Second Violin by Sir John Pritchard. During that time she founded the Aurora String Quartet with members of the San Francisco Symphony.

Currently, Virginia performs the Opera season and fills the remainder of the year playing in the violin section of the San Francisco Symphony. She resides in Redwood Shores and has two daughters.