Born on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1990, Rachel Shaw started learning the horn when she was 14. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University, and has studied with Andrew Bain and Ben Jacks at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Sydney (including a tour of China), Queensland, Tasmania and New Zealand, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She was a finalist in the International Horn Symposium Solo Horn Competition (2010), won the Most Outstanding Academic Brass Student at the Queensland Conservatorium (2010) and was the winner of the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition as a part of the Arcadia Quintet, of which she is a founding member. She is especially proud of Orchestra Victoria’s recent performance of Verdi’s Don Carlo, with its dramatic horn solo.
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Rachel was initially so averse to playing the horn in high school that she ran home in tears. Her trumpet-playing brother talked her into giving it a go – and the rest is history.