CTM Classics will welcome international award-winning violinist Rachell Ellen Wong and her Twelfth Night ensemble to its roster for worldwide performance.
Marianne LaCrosse, Artistic Director of CTM Classics, said: “Rachell is one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the concert stage today and with her first-rate level of musicality and engaging personality, it’s a joy to start this journey together. I look forward to working with her to bring her art and that of her ensemble, Twelfth Night, to audiences across the country and beyond. “
Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong also said, “I am delighted to join the CTM Classics Artist List. Working with Marianne is perfect for me – not only does she really care about her artists, but she is a wonderful musician and also a fellow Seattle.! I look forward to a great partnership together. “
Wong joins international solo cellist Amit Peled and the innovative Jasper String Quartet to compile a unique boutique list that truly represents the 21st century artist that classical music needs these days.
A Seattle native, Wong is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher 2020 Career Fellowship and the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural Lillian and Maurice Barbash JS Bach Competition. A rising star in both historical and modern violin stages, she has performed in the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Italy, Costa Rica, Panama, China and New Zealand. His growing reputation as a leading historical performer has earned him appearances with acclaimed ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists and The Academy of Ancient Music, and tours with Bach Collegium Japan and Les Arts Florissants. Also accomplished on modern violin, Wong has performed as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the Philharmonia Northwest, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Panama.
Wong’s next engagements for 2021-2022 include: A Summer Afternoon Of Mozart, Beethoven Merriment with Alexander Weimann at Wisteria Hall in Seattle, presented by Early Music Seattle on August 29, 2021; Vivaldi’s Summer with the American Classical Orchestra at Damrosch Park on September 22, 2021 as part of the Restart Stages concert at Lincoln Center; and a program by Bach, Biber and Westhoff at Staller Center Recital Hall at Stony Brook University on October 3, 2021.
She is also a founding member, with keyboardist David Belkovski, of the dynamic ensemble Twelfth Night, which focuses on music from all eras performed on historical instruments. CTM Classics is also happy to represent Twelfth Night. Watch Twelfth Night perform Telemann’s Sonata 4 in A minor, TWV 43: a5.
Recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher 2020 Career Fellowship – the only Baroque artist in the history of the respected program – and winner of the Grand Prize of the inaugural Lillian and Maurice Barbash JS Bach Competition, violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is a rising star at the both historical performance and modern violin scenes. She has performed in the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Poland, Costa Rica, Panama, China and New Zealand. Her growing reputation as one of the best historical performers of her generation has earned her appearances with renowned early music ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists and The Academy of Ancient Music, and tours with Bach Collegium Japan, Les Arts Florissants, among others. Also accomplished on modern violin, Ms. Wong made her first public appearance with the Philharmonia Northwest at the age of 11 and has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá and the Seattle Symphony. Rachell made her conductor’s debut with the Seattle Symphony last fall when she conducted Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on violin.
After performances with Gotham Early Music Scene in New York, Yale Schola Cantorum in Oslo, Norway, at Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon Music Festival, with American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, The Academy of Ancient Music in UK, Bach Collegium Japan in Warsaw, Poland, and with Les Arts Florissants at the Thire Festival in France. Rachell was a 2019-2020 Juilliard member of the Mercury Chamber Orchestra and a US member of The English Concert. The engagements included performances for the Kaufman Center’s Musical Storefront series, with New Amsterdam Consort, Ruckus, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Voices of Music, Byron Schenkman & Friends, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and New York Baroque Incorporated. Recitals included New York’s Island Symphony Bach Festival, with Twelfth Night, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Chamber music performances included appearances (some postponed) with the Jupiter Ensemble in Paris, for the Lakewold Gardens Series (WA) and with Shanghai Camerata in Shanghai, China.
Alongside acclaimed keyboardist David Belkovski, Rachell is co-founder of Twelfth Night. Their New York-based ensemble is structured to easily navigate all genres and instrumentations, and they perform in all historical styles, from early Baroque to contemporary. She is also a founding member of the New Amsterdam Concert based in New York, a period string ensemble specializing in individual interpretations of music from the Renaissance to the High Baroque.
Notable past concerts include performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica in Costa Rica, Bootsini’s Gran Duo Concertante with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Panama, recitals with world-renowned pianists Anton Nel and Byron Schenkman, and 16 concerts, toured four New Zealand cities with the New Zealand String Quartet which included Alexander Ekman’s New Zealand premiere of Cacti for string quartet and stage ballet with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a recital in Wellington, New Zealand featuring works by Bartok, Schubert and Beethoven, also with the New Zealand String Quartet. She also performs regularly as Artist in Residence with the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Rachell is among his many awards and honors at the 52nd Sorantin International String Competition, the International Crescendo Music Awards, Heida Hermann’s International Competition, and Seattle’s Gallery Concert’s Next Generation Competition. She is the recipient of a 2021 Jeffrey Thomas Award, a 2019 Benzaquen Career Advancement Fellowship from the Juilliard School; a 2017 Kovner scholarship, also from the Juilliard School; a Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship Award 2013 and an Artist Excellence Award 2013, both from Indiana University; a distinguished performance, King Award at the 2012 National Young Artists Competition; the Starling Distinguished Violinist Scholarship from UT-Austin, from 2009 to 2013, and the Mori Simon scholarship from Cascade Symphony 2009, of which she was the first recipient.
A recent graduate, Rachell holds a Masters of Music in Historical Performance from the Juilliard School in New York City, where she moved after earning her Masters of Music from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. Teachers include Brian Lewis, Cynthia Roberts, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Kent Coleman, Mark Kaplan, Monica Huggett, Rachel Podger, Simon James and Stanley Ritchie. She plays on a baroque violin from the school of Joachim Tielke and a violin by Carlo de March.