Violinist Rachell Wong attended the Heifetz Institute in 2015 and 2016 as a member of the prestigious Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar. Rachell has been a frequent Heifetz on Tour performer, and she was a practice coach for HeifetzPEG in 2019. Rachell Wong returns as an Artist Fellow in 2020 for the Heifetz Baroque Workshop.
Performing with “flamboyance and tender eloquence” (The San Francisco Chronicle), international prize-winning violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is recognized as an “emerging artist to watch and seek out” (Early Music America).
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Rachell has been a featured soloist with orchestras across the United States and abroad. Notable appearances include Vivaldi’s Winter from the Four Seasons with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica UCR in Costa Rica, Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, tours with the New Zealand String Quartet, and recitals with world-renowned pianists Anton Nel and Byron Schenkman.
Rachell was a prize winner in the XXI International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and has won grand prizes in the 52nd Sorantin International String Competition, and the International Crescendo Music Awards. She most recently won the inaugural Next Generation Competition, as part of the Gallery Concerts series in Seattle. An avid chamber musician, Rachell regularly performs at Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, CA and on the chamber music series Byron Schenkman & Friends in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Rachell is a founding member of New Amsterdam Consort, an emerging New York City based string ensemble committed to performing the overlooked consort-style music of the seventeenth century. She was recently selected as a 2019/2020 Mercury Chamber Orchestra Juilliard Fellow, and as an American Fellow of The English Concert. Supported by The English Concert in America (TECA), the Fellowship provides performance and professional development opportunities to emerging artists in the field of historical performance.
This year, Rachell was chosen as a recipient of the Benzaquen Career Artist Grant from The Juilliard School. She was also a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship during her time in the Historical Performance program. She holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was a full scholarship Starling Distinguished Violinist recipient, and from Indiana University, where she was a full scholarship Jacobs Fellow recipient.
Rachell loves to explore her multi-racial heritage by studying diverse musical styles, including the Scottish fiddle. She performs on a violin made by Carlo de March in Naples in 1953, and on a baroque violin from the school of Joachim Tielke, made in Hamburg in 1700.