Violinist Rachel Patrick enjoys a versatile musical life as both a performer and teaching artist. She has taken part in successful solo tours of Europe, Asia and the United States, including a benefit concert for the Harlem School for Strings in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. She has performed as soloist with orchestras across the United States and Europe, including the German premier of Tan Dan’s “Hero” Concerto with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra. Her recording with Sinfornia Varsovia of David Canfield’s Rhapsody after Gershwin, a piece written for and dedicated to her, was released on Toccata Classics in May of 2016.
Ms. Patrick enjoys frequent chamber music collaborations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to her recent release on Toccata Classics, she has recorded chamber music and solo albums for the Enharmonic, Albany and Crystal labels, collaborating with artists such as flutist, James Pellerite and saxophonist, Kenneth Tse. She also recently completed a successful concert tour of Asia with her trio with Mr. Tse, NuExpressions. She is also the violinist/violist and a founding member of the San Francisco-based Vinifera Trio with whom she will tour France in June 2018. In addition, she is an artist for the Classicopia, Trinity Alps, Bodhi Tree North, Festival Rolland and AmiciMusic chamber music series.
Ms. Patrick has served as the concertmaster for numerous orchestras including the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Napa Valley, the Arbor Opera Orchestra, and as frequent guest concertmaster for the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Hollins Chamber Orchestra, which she joined for a tour to Italy. Ms. Patrick’s primary concertmaster appointment was with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, a post that she held from 2009-2012. With this ensemble, she participated in extensive tours of North America, Asia and Europe, as well as a collaboration with Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock for the internationally broadcast Lang Lang 30th Birthday at the O2 World Arena in Berlin. Currently, she is the concertmaster for Livermore Valley Opera and is also the solo violinist for an upcoming San Francisco chamber opera world premiere in May 2019.
A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Ms. Patrick began her musical studies at the age of three with Mimi Zweig in the pre-college String Academy program at Indiana University. Joining their prestigious touring group, the Violin Virtuosi, at the age of eight, she is also featured in the Emmy-nominated film documentary about the group, Circling Around. Ms. Patrick completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan studying with Stephen Shipps and Yehonatan Berick and completed graduate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, serving as an Associate Instructor of violin and studying with Alexander Kerr. A dedicated educator, she currently runs a large private violin studio in Oakland, CA and is a frequent guest lecturer in violin pedagogy.
Beethoven and Borodin
Violin Concerto by Puts