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Risa Browder was born in Princeton, New Jersey and studied at Oberlin Conservatory, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Her work as a violinist and violist has taken her all over Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States. She has performed with many orchestras, among them, Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, London Classical Players, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, the National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra and the Bach Sinfonia, and with the chamber ensembles London Baroque, the Purcell Quartet, REBEL and the Folger Consort. The Washington Post has written about her playing: “the most flavorful and expressive musicianship of the evening came from Risa Browder.” With her husband, cellist John Moran, she co-directs Modern Musick, in residency at Georgetown University. Ms. Browder is the orchestra director at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, teaches baroque violin and viola at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and co-directs their period instrument orchestra, the Baltimore Baroque Band. She and her husband have two sons, one an artist and one a cellist. She plays a violin made by Jacob Stainer in 1641.