Rachel Calin began playing the bass at the early age of nine, and has since been called “a lyrical soloist in command of her instrument” by The New York Times. In 1994 she won First Prize at the Juilliard Concerto Competition, making her concerto debut in Alice Tully hall at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra, and subsequently has made solo appearances with Sejong Soloists and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. Ms Calin has since gone on to dedicate herself to both chamber music and teaching.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Calin has appeared in concert throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. She can be heard on NPR’s ‘Performance Today’, both in live and recorded broadcasts, and has collaborated with Myung-Wha Chung, Lawrence Dutton, Frank Huang, Ron Leonard, Itzhak Perlman, and Gil Shaham, among others. She has performed frequently with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, at Live from Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival and can be heard on numerous movie and commercial soundtracks including “The Departed” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” among others. Ms Calin has given the world premieres of works by composers such as Lera Auerbach and D. Edward Davis, and has performed with many contemporary music ensembles including Sequitur, Composers Concordance, and Mosaic.
Ms. Calin received a BM and MM from The Juilliard School, where she studied with both Homer Mensch and Eugene Levinson. In addition to Juilliard, she also trained with Jeff Bradetich, Paul Ellison, and Denise Searfoss. She was the recipient of an instrument loan from the Karr Foundation. Recent projects include a disk of Haydn and Mendelssohn with the violinist Gil Shaham to performing with Bruno Mars on Saturday Night Live. In addition to teaching at Stony Brook, she is currently on faculty at the Perlman Music Program, and the McDuffie Center for Strings @ Mercer University. She performs on a double bass crafted by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in 1690.