Rachel Rudoi recently finished a one-year position as Acting Associate Concertmaster for The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a substitute violinist for The Cleveland Orchestra, and previously was a full time member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Philadelphia, Rachel began her violin studies at the age of 6. Her former teachers included Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yumi Ninomiya Scott, faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music. Rachel was a member of Temple University Music Preparatory’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. While there, she worked under conductor Luis Biava and performed in numerous chamber and solo recitals. She was awarded second place in Kennett Symphony’s Instrument Competition and made her debut with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14. She also made a solo appearance with the Manalapan Symphony Orchestra, where she was awarded the Lou Kotlus Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance as winner of the Manalapan Symphony Concerto Competition. Other orchestras that Rachel has made appearances with include the Philadelphia Biblical University Orchestra and the Ocean City Pops. In past summers, Rachel has attended the Strings International Music Festival, led by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also received a Starling scholarship award to attend ENCORE School for Strings in 2004 and 2006. While at ENCORE, she made frequent solo appearances and performed in chamber music recitals and master classes. Rachel earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied under William Preucil, David Cerone and Linda Cerone. While in Cleveland, Rachel also received Suzuki teacher training at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies directed by Kimberly Meier-Sims.
In the recent past, Rachel took part in The Cleveland Institute of Music Intensive String Quartet Seminar where her quartet was coached by Merry Peckham and Peter Salaff. She was invited to perform in many master classes, including those given by Ivan Chan, The Cavani Quartet, Miriam Fried, Michael Tilson Thomas, Orion String Quartet and the Takacs String Quartet. Most recently, Rachel was invited to play in the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego under artistic director David Atherton.