Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith is a versatile violist and violinist with a passion for new and early music. She studied with Gunter Teuffel in Stuttgart and later with George Taylor and Masumi per Rostad at the Eastman School of Music. Since 2022, she has been an active member of Eastman’s Musica Nova ensemble. She was part of the Landesjugendorchester Baden-Württemberg from 2017-2020, performing under conductors like Christoph Altstaedt and Johannes Klumpp. Rachel has performed solo and chamber works by composers such as Garth Knox and Caroline Shaw. In 2023, she attended the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, studying with Geneviève Strosser. She holds Eastman’s Certificate of Achievement in Performance Practice, having studied early music with Paul O’Dette, Christel Thielmann, and Cynthia Roberts. Rachel has performed at prestigious events like the Boston Early Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute. She currently resides in Germany and Rochester, NY.