Rachel carried out her undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland under Owen Gordon, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in viola performance. She enjoys chamber music and orchestral playing, and has a special interest in early music, having also studied Baroque viola and violin with NZBarok co-principal violinist Miranda Hutton. During her time at university, Rachel was the recipient of the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Scholarship (2011), and the Winifred Stiles Viola Scholarship (2011 and 2012). She is currently in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with Caroline Henbest and her previous teachers include Elizabeth Holowell, Robert Ashworth, Peter Barber, and Helen Taber.
Rachel has played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZSO National Youth Orchestra, NZBarok, Pipers Sinfonia, and Manukau City Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Melbourne, she was a long time member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra, and was co-principal viola in 2014. Her love of chamber music has led her to a variety of small ensemble projects, and she has twice participated in the Adam Chamber Music Summer School in Nelson, New Zealand, where she was tutored by the New Zealand String Quartet.
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