Virtuoso Profile

Rachel Shaw
French Horn

Rachel currently holds the position of Tutti Horn with Orchestra Victoria and is a founding member of Arcadia Winds


About Me

A passionate orchestral performer, Rachel currently holds the position of Tutti Horn with Orchestra Victoria. Rachel’s extensive orchestral experience has also seen her undertake a trial as Principal Horn with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Tutti Horn contracts with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. Rachel performs casually with the Sydney, Melbourne, West Australian, Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, and the Melbourne and Australian Chamber Orchestras.

Equally at home in a chamber music setting, Rachel is a founding member of Arcadia Winds—Australia’s leading young wind ensemble, and Musica Viva’s inaugural FutureMakers. 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. An energetic advocate for the French Horn, Rachel has also had the privilege of performing alongside Kerry Turner and the American Horn Quartet, and was a finalist in the 42nd International Horn Symposium Competition.

Born on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1990, Rachel Shaw started learning the horn when she was 14. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University, and studied with Andrew Bain and Ben Jacks at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has also relished the opportunity to take masterclasses with some of the world’s best horn players, including Sarah Willis, Hector McDonald, Barry Tuckwell, Jeff Nelsen and Gail Williams.

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