Hailed “a total virtuoso” (Classic FM), Colombian-American violinist Rachel Ostler has performed in concert halls across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, and is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has garnered accolades including first prize of the American Youth Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Parness Young Artist Competition, the Rio Hondo Young Artist Competition, and the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition. Throughout her formal studies Rachel was invited to various international competitions including the 55th Paganini Premio Competition, the Princess Astrid Competition, the Isangyun Competition, and the Leopold Mozart Competition.
Rachel’s musical studies include masterclasses with internationally renowned violinists including Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zukerman, Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Anne Akiko-Meyers, and Baiba Skride. Throughout her career, Rachel has been featured on concert programs at Carnegie Hall, Moritzburg Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, and the Colburn Chamber Music Society. As an orchestral violinist she has had the opportunity to play under the batons of Neville Marriner, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Vasily Petrenko, Gilbert Varga, Christina Măcelaru, Thierry Fischer, and John Adams.
A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Rachel served as concertmaster with the Yale Philharmonia while studying with Ani Kavafian. Previously she studied at the Colburn Conservatory under the tutelage of Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt, and earlier studies took place at Brigham Young University, where she studied music and English Literature.
Rachel is a former member of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony, and has performed as guest concertmaster and soloist with the Young Artist Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony. She has performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Rachel plays on a 1774 Antonio Gragnani.