Born on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Rachel Shaw started learning the horn when she was 13 years of age. Holding a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, learning under Peter Luff, Rachel has also studied with Andrew Bain and Ben Jacks at the Australian National Academy of Music.
A passionate orchestral performer, Rachel currently holds the position of Tutti Horn with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the MSO, Rachel held the position of Tutti Horn in Orchestra Victoria. She has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Queensland, Tasmania and New Zealand, and the Melbourne and Australian Chamber Orchestras. Rachel was a finalist in the International Horn Symposium Solo Horn Competition (2010), and won the title of Most Outstanding Academic Brass Student at the Queensland Conservatorium (2010)
Equally at home in a chamber music setting, Rachel is a founding member of Arcadia Winds which is Australia’s leading young wind ensemble, Musica Viva’s inaugural FutureMakers and winners of the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition (2013). With Arcadia Winds, Rachel has performed at festivals and venues across Australia. Recent highlights for Rachel include performing with the Australian String Quartet at the Perth International Arts Festival, and performing Mozart’s Horn Quintet at the Musica Viva Festival with the Enigma Quartet.
For further information, see https://www.mso.com.au/behind-the-music/meet-the-musicians/rachel-shaw.