Rachael Kwa began studying violin and piano at the age of four, completing the majority of her musical education in the regional town of Orange, NSW. After a move to Sydney, Rachael graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours as a pupil of Janet Davies.
During her time at the Conservatorium, Rachael was awarded numerous scholarships, including the Martha Eglit Bequest at the behest of the Dean, and the Henderson Travellers Bequest, enabling an intensive period of chamber music study across Europe. Moreover, as a member of the Cumberland Quartet, Rachael appeared in masterclasses for Midori Gotō and Nicola Benedetti, as well as members of the Takács, Brodsky, Vienna Philharmonic, Goldner and Borodin Quartets.
Other highlights include an active membership of the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2008, and professional development programs with the Opera Australia Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Rachael has performed with the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra and is preparing for an upcoming concerto engagement with the Australian Doctors Orchestra.
As part of her commitment to academic excellence, Rachael not only tutored university students in harmony and musicology and was a member of the Academic Board of the University of Sydney, but also looks forward to the future publication of her Honours thesis.
Rachael hopes to have a fulfilling and multifaceted career that encompasses not only orchestral playing, lots of chamber music, the occasional solo performance and the odd musicology paper, but also her passion for string pedagogy. She is excited to be undertaking her first year of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the expert tutelage of Zoë Black.
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