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Rachel Hsieh


Education:

Graduate Performance Diploma – Peabody Conservatory of Music
Master of Music – Peabody Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music – University of Michigan


Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Rachel Hsieh joined the cello section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013. She is also a member of the Father Carter String Quartet at Loyola University, a member of the Music Alive Ensemble, and the cellist in the band of Maggie Koerner.

Rachel enjoys working with numerous movie, television, and recording artists, including Edgar Meyer, Maggie Koerner, Tyler Perry, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, T-Ray, and Idina Menzel. She has appeared in television shows such as “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” and “Sacrifice.” She is a multi-year winner of Gambit Magazine’s Best Chamber Music Performance and most recently, a Grammy award winner appearing as assistant principal cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic on an album with the Lost Bayou Ramblers.

She has participated in numerous festivals and projects including the Castleton Festival with Lorin Maazel, the YouTube Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, and the National Repertory Orchestra. She previously held a position with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in cello performance at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson. She was the recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky Scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory, where she earned a master’s degree and a performance diploma under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky, former associate principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic.

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