Rachel Patrick began her musical studies at the age of three with Mimi Zweig in the pre-college String Academy program at Indiana University. At the age of eight, she joined their prestigious touring group, the Violin Virtuosi. As a member of this ensemble, she has taken part in successful concert tours of France, Japan and the United States, including a benefit concert for the Harlem School for Strings in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. She has performed as soloist with orchestras across the United States and in Germany, most recently performing the German premier of Tan Dan’s “Hero” Concerto with the composer himself conducting. Her debut solo CD “Presenting Rachel Patrick” featuring works by Ravel, Korngold and Strauss was released on the Enharmonic label in August 2011.
Ms. Patrick has been the recipient of both a Suzuki and Friends Chamber Music fellowship and a Starling Chamber Music fellowship. She has also presented chamber music recitals throughout the United States and Europe collaborating with such artists as Allison Eldredge, Christoph Huebner, Eric Kim, Michael and Daria Adams, Dale Barltrop, Joshua Roman and Alex Kerr, among others, and worked with Osvaldo Golijov on a program celebrating his compositions. She has a number of chamber music albums released on the Enharmonic label and recently recorded a chamber music CD with saxophonist Kenneth Tse (with whom she will embark on a concert tour of Asia in summer 2014) for Crystal Records. She is an artist for the Classicopia, Amici Music and Music in the Vineyards chamber music series.
Ms. Patrick has served as the concertmaster for numerous orchestras including the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Napa Valley, the Arbor Opera Orchestra, Indiana University Chamber Orchestra and as frequent guest concertmaster for the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Hollins Chamber Orchestra, which she joined for a tour to Italy in 2009. Ms. Patrick’s primary concertmaster appointment was with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, a post that she held from 2009-2012. With this ensemble, she has participated in extensive tours of North America, Eastern Europe (with concerts in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic), Spain, Turkey, Denmark and Germany as well as in collaboration with Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock for the internationally broadcast Lang Lang 30th Birthday at the O2 World Arena in Berlin.
Ms. Patrick completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan studying with Stephen Shipps and Yehonatan Berick and a Master of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, serving as an Associate Instructor of violin and studying with Alexander Kerr. She is currently the first violin fellow in the inaugural year of the Orchestra Institute Napa Valley.