Toronto native Rachel Gauntlett is a cellist experienced in chamber music, orchestral music, and teaching. She has an extensive background as an orchestral musician, having held assistant principal cello positions with Kindred Spirits Orchestra, Sneak Peak Orchestra, and Unionville Symphonia. She has also performed with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montréal. Most recently, Rachel performed as a full time member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for their past three consecutive seasons, from 2011 to 2014. Rachel’s orchestra and chamber music performances have been broadcast on CBC radio.
Rachel is a dedicated educator, having completed her Suzuki teacher training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the Institut Suzuki Montréal. She is experienced in leading private and group lessons and is passionate about teaching students of all ages. Rachel has held faculty positions with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra through the Suncor Energy Strings Program, as well as with the Suzuki Talent Education Program of Newfoundland. She currently maintains an active private studio in Toronto.
Rachel began studying cello with Julia Bowkun in Toronto. She continued her studies with Tom Wiebe (Western University), Paul Widner (the Glenn Gould School), and Vernon Regehr (Memorial University). Rachel holds an undergraduate degree in music from Western University and a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Memorial University.