Rachel has performed numerous concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev, Cesar Frank, Liszt, Turina, Litolf and Finzi with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the West Bohemian Orchestra in the Czech Republic. She has appeared in recital programmes at Arts Centres throughout Ireland, and abroad in Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria and Great Britain.
While completing her B.A. Moderatorship in music from Trinity College Dublin, Rachel studied in Dublin with Mabel Swainson, then continued in London with Craig Shepard and Benjamin Kaplan. She was foundation Scholar in Postgraduate Performance at the Royal College in London and a Fulbright Scholar at the Peabody Conservatory in the United States. Rachel undertook intensive courses of study with Nikita Magaloff in Switzerland’s Geneva Conservatory, Gyorgy Sandor at the Mozarteum in Austria and Murray Perahia at the Aldeburgh Music Festival in Great Britain where she was selected from world-wide auditions to receive specialised coaching and direction in the works of Frederick Chopin.
Rachel is a founding member of Ireland’s premier trio the ‘Degani Piano Trio’. They have recorded CDs of Piano Trios by Dvořak, Chopin, Brahms and Piazzolla . They perform concerts and regularly give masterclasses throughout Ireland. The Trio has recently completed a tour of a new specially commissioned work ‘Whale Tales’ by leading Irish composer Ian Wilson.
As a well-known Irish accompanist, she has also worked with many of Ireland’s leading classical musicians in concerts, competitions, live radio and television broadcasts. She curated and produced “Beethoven -Words and Music” for RTE and “Pride & Passion – Vistas of South America” in the past year, which was featured by the European Broadcasting Union. Rachel’s solo album ‘Mosaic’ features a diverse collection of solo piano music.
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