A native Philadelphian, Rachel has enjoyed an exciting and varied career both at home and abroad. As a performer, her career highlights include more than a decade as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is Concertmaster of the Central City Opera Orchestra and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony.
Rachel began her violin studies at age three in the Suzuki Method. As a teen she participated in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Settlement Music School, and The New York String Orchestra Seminar. Rachel spent her summers during college at The Aspen Music Festival and Taos School of Music. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan in the studio of Paul Kantor and her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music in the studio of Sidney Harth. Other teachers include Jascha Brodsky, Peter Winograd, Jerome Wigler and Barbara Govatos.
Rachel’s commitment to education and outreach has taken her into dozens of public schools for performances and residencies, and she has held faculty positions at Regis University and the Community College of Aurora, as well as at the Luzerne Music Center. She has worked extensively as a chamber music and sectionals coach for the Denver youth orchestras and as a private teacher.
In addition to traditional classical music, Rachel is a champion of new music, and has premiered many new works of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. She was also Concertmaster for the Central City Opera’s premiere of Poet Li Bai by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing, and is a core member of the Arcana New Music Ensemble. Rachel has performed with some of the world’s most famous popular artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., DeVotchKa, Amanda Palmer, Otis Taylor, and Ben Folds. Rachel was a lead violinist for the Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango, performed frequently with the Extasis Tango Band in Denver, and is a founding member of the Media Lunas Tango Quintet.
Rachel makes her home at the Greene Street Artists Coop in Germantown, a historic neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, with her two beagles, Gus and Abby, and her cat, Otter. Rachel is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and of Musicopia/Dancing Classrooms Philly.