MusiciansRachael Kwa

In 2021, Rachael will be collaborating with Kirsten Milenko for The ANAM Set.

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, New South Wales. She attended Kinross Wolaroi School, graduating as Dux with a near-perfect ATAR.

After commencing a Bachelor of Music majoring in Violin Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Rachael developed a chronic pain condition which affected her violin playing, forcing her to prolong her studies. Nevertheless, she graduated with First Class Honours, and is indebted to her teacher, 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 dedicated chamber musician, Rachael has 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 a decade-long membership of the Australian Youth Orchestra 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, the Australian Doctors Orchestra, and at the Orange Chamber Music Festival.

As part of her commitment to academic excellence, Rachael tutored university students in harmony and musicology, was a member of the Academic Board of the University of Sydney and is currently completing a postgraduate law degree at the University of Melbourne. Rachael hopes to have a fulfilling and multifaceted career, combining many forms of classical music performance with her passion for string pedagogy. She is excited to be returning to the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) for her third year of training under the expert guidance of Dr Robin Wilson.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Peter & Annie Duncan, Janet Limb AO, The Orloff Family Charitable Trust

Photo by Pia Johnson

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