ARTIST BIOS

West Side Story (excerpts),

Leonard Bernstein

Rachell W.

Violin, Piano

 

Originally from Seattle, WA, Rachell received her Bachelor of Music from University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Music from Indiana University.  An active performer, Rachell has soloed with orchestras across the US, Central America and Europe. Recent concerts include a tour of New Zealand with the New Zealand String Quartet, a tour of Alexander Ekman’s ballet Cacti with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and recitals with world renowned pianist Anton Nel in Austin, Texas and pianist Johan Botes in Lucera, Italy.

 

Rachell was the Grand Prize winner in the 52nd Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, a prizewinner at the 2014 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition, and Grand Prize winner at the 2013 International Crescendo Music Awards. Recent music festivals include the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Seminar at the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes in Toronto, the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Sarasota Music Festival, the London Masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, the Starling-Delay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School, and the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival. Rachell regularly performs with Heifetz on Tour, a performing group and residency school program part of the Heifetz International Music Institute.

 

Rachell is a passionate teacher who has led youth orchestras and has taught private piano and violin lessons since 2006. She has also taught masterclasses all across the United States, and in New Zealand and Costa Rica, ranging from elementary schools to the university level. Her teaching style has been described as attentive, generous, kind, and adaptive to any situation. She is most excited about instilling the same kind of passion in her students that she has for music herself.