Australian violinist Rachel Smith lives in Edinburgh and is a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She joined the orchestra in 2014, and is a regular guest player with orchestras such as Australian Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.From 2008 until 2010 Rachel was Principal First Violin in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, which she joined as a member of the first violin section in 1997.
A keen chamber musician, Rachel is the founding Artistic Director of the Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival, now in its 9th year, which takes place on beautiful North Stradbroke Island, a sub-tropical island off the coast of Brisbane. Apart from presenting a vigorous concert series, the festival incorporates an education programme for younger school students as well as an intensive chamber music program for tertiary students.
As a teacher, Rachel has taught and coached all levels extensively. In recent years, she has been studying the Taubman/Golandsky Approach intensively with Sophie Till. Her study is furthering her training to become a qualified exponent of the Taubman/Golandsky Method of string playing and teaching, a comprehensive method which enables instrumentalists to understand and learn the precise physical movements that go into a natural technique, enabling them to play with ease and comfort while meeting the demands of the profession and eliminating injury and playing limitations. Read more here. She has been on staff at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Macgregor Summer School and Southern Cross Soloists Winter School.
Rachel completed her undergraduate music studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Michele Walsh, and her Master’s Degree at Northwestern University, Chicago, where she was awarded a fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In 2003 she was recipient of the Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship, which enabled her to undertake further violin studies in Berlin.
Rachel Smith enjoys living in Scotland with her cellist husband, Eric de Wit and baby daughter Nora. Her hobbies include cooking, learning Dutch, knitting and reading.
(Image: Stradbroke Island Photography)