Violinist Rachell Wong attended the Heifetz Institute in 2015 and 2016 as a member of the prestigious Ashkenasi / Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar and has been a frequent Heifetz On Tour performer. She returns as an Artist in Residence in 2017, and will enter the Juilliard School on a full Kovner fellowship to study Baroque performance practice. She completed her Master’s studies at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in the studio of violinist (and Heifetz faculty member) Mark Kaplan. Recent concerts include recitals with world-renowned pianist Anton Nel in Austin, Texas and pianist Johan Botes in Lucera, Italy. Rachell was the Gold Medal winner at the 2013 International Crescendo Music Awards and the Grand Prize winner in the 52nd Sorantin International Young Artists Competition for Piano and Strings. She was Second Prize winner at the 2014 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition. For the past two years, Rachell was a frequent performer both in the “Stars of Tomorrow” concerts at the Heifetz International Music Institute, as well as a mainstay of the brand-new “Heifetz Hootenannies” in and around downtown Staunton, Va. Rachel has developed a growing reputation for her “crossover” abilities in Celtic and traditional music, via her violin-cello collaborations first with fellow Heifetz student Nicholas Mariscal (broadcast nationally on Performance Today), and now with new performing partner Ben Fried. Other music festivals have included Sarasota Music Festival, the London master classes at the Royal Northern College in Manchester, the Starling – Delay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School and the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival.