Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, pianist Rachael Kerr is a versatile performer, frequently appearing as a soloist, collaborator, coach, and chamber musician. She was recently featured in a performance of Messiaens Oiseaux Exotiques with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and has been invited back this season to be the soloist for Stravinskys Concerto for Piano and Winds. Rachael has also received fellowships to both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, where she has worked with conductors such as Ken-David, Masur, George Manahan, Tomás Netopil, and Josh Weilerstein.
Rachael has long had an affinity for collaboration with brass and winds, which has led to recital appearances with world-renowned artists such as Jens Lindemann, Gail Williams, Jon Boen, Barbara Butler, and Chris Martin, among others. Most recently, she has been featured in several world premieres of composer David Sampsons chamber works, which have been featured live on WFMT in Chicago. Other recent chamber music appearances include Garth Newel Music Centers main season chamber series, the Lake Forest Lyrica recital series, and performances with the Allium String Quartet at Symphony Center in Chicago.
She obtained double bachelors degrees in chemistry and piano performance at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory, where she was the recipient of the Abrams Double Degree scholarship, studying piano with Yong Hi Moon. There, she performed as a member of the SONAR Contemporary Music Ensemble and was named the Homewood Campus Distinguished Music Scholar for four years in a row. As a graduate student, she studied with Sylvia Wang and Elizabeth Buccheri, and was a prizewinner in the 2010 Thaviu-Isaak Piano Competition.
Rachael is currently a free-lance collaborative pianist in the Toronto area, most notable serving as a recommended pianist for singers of Dean Artists Management. She has recently served as a substitute pianist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, in addition to performing as an accompanist at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.
Rachael has previously been an instructor in the Music Studies department at Northwestern and a staff pianist with Northwestern University Opera Theater. She was also on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Center, where she was the coordinator of the collaborative piano department, and the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg.
$ 60.00 Canadian Dollars Per Hour
Fees are negotiable depending on number of rehearsals and accompanying services needed.
Recitals are covered by a flat fee to be discussed in consultation with the performer.
Piano, Harpsichord, Electronic Keyboard
Early Music, Contemporary Music, Jazz, Instrumental Accompaniment, Vocal Accompaniment, Vocal Repetiteur, Musical Theatre, Musical Direction
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