Rachel C. Walker writes poetic, timbre-sensitive works drawing from her ongoing immersion in and research on Chinese folk music, musical time, and language. Her pieces have been heard across the US, China, Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Canada, Colombia, and Australia, with performances and commissions from the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (天津交响乐团), Svensk Musikvår, ELISION Ensemble, Departure Duo, Ensemble Adapter, percussionists Allen Otte and Zhang Yongyun (张永韵), the Butter Quartet (NL), recorder player Sylvia Hinz, and pipa virtuoso Xia Yuyan (夏雨言).

As the recipient of multiple grants to China and Taiwan, she has studied and written about traditional and contemporary music, while simultaneously composing dynamic new works for Chinese and Western instruments. Her writings have been published by NewMusicBox and Southwest China Normal University Press, as well as presented in guest lectures at Harvard University, Australian National University, Tsinghua University, Shandong University, the Central Conservatory of Music, and the China Conservatory.

Her work has been supported by ArtsWave, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, and the University of Cincinnati Research Council Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She has held residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity (2018) and the Britten-Pears Foundation (2020), and is a 2021-2022 fellow to the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart). In 2015, she co-founded the concert series Cincinnati Soundbox; as its co-artistic director over the course of its four seasons, she curated concerts blending the new music scene in Cincinnati with those of other cities around the world.

Rachel studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M.) with Allen Otte and Joel Hoffman, and at the China Conservatory of Music (中国音乐学院), where she was a Visiting Scholar advised by Gao Weijie (高为杰). She was a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing (M.S.), and studies with Ming Tsao as a Masters candidate at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. 

Photo by Xia Yuyan
Updated February 2020


美国青年作曲家瑞秋毕业于美国辛辛那提大学音乐学院,中国音乐学院,并且曾为清华大学苏世民书院学者。 她创作的音乐作品在美国、中国、瑞典、波兰、葡萄牙、加拿大、哥伦比亚、澳大利亚等世界各地被广泛演出。 2018年, NewMusicBox和西南师范大学出版社出版了她对于中国传统与现代音乐的研究。因此,瑞秋受邀前往哈佛大学、澳大利亚国立大学、清华大学、山东大学和中国音乐学院举办了关于中国传统与现代音乐的演讲,并受到专家学者们的一致好评。

瑞秋现旅居欧洲的同时,仍与世界各地现代重奏乐团和独奏演奏家保持着密切地约稿演出联系,其中包括ELISION Ensemble (澳大利亚),Departure Duo (美国) ,打击乐演奏家张永韵和琵琶演奏家夏雨言(中国)。