Swedish born Rachel Harris began her baroque violin studies at the Welsh College of Music and Drama with Clare Salaman.
After completing her studies with distinction she went on to a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music in London with Alison Bury. She was awarded the prestigious Countess of Munster and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarships. Her postgraduate studies were continued in Trossingen and Würzburg, Germany, where she concluded her soloist studies with Gottfried von der Goltz, leader of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. She also plays the viola, viola d’amore and bass viol. She spends her free time practising the horn.
She frequently performs as a soloist and has recorded numerous CDs with several well-known orchestras and conductors.
She has been a member of The Brook Street Band. since 1997 and started Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg in 2007. She takes the role of concert master and director in both ensembles and has produced numerous CDs to critical acclaim.
2017 saw the release of her most recent solo CD »augustes auspices«, a complete recording of the Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach, as well as the Six Suites for solo violin by J.P. von Westhoff. Performances of this programme can regularly be heard throughout Germany.
Portrait of Rachel Harris in the book »Hier spielt die Musik! Tonangebende Frauen in der Klassikszene« by Brigitte Beier and Karina Schmidt, AvivA Verlag, September 2011.
»Guidelines«, by Rachel Harris. Advice on orchestral technique in Early Music, aimed at student string players. In preparation.
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