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Rachell Ellen Wong

New York, NY

Violin - Sponsored by the Gimlett family in honor of Jim & Van Gimlett

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Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong made history in 2020 when she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming the only baroque artist to receive the honor. Her exceptional blend of technical virtuosity on gut strings, expressive musicianship, and understanding of period performance practices has garnered international critical acclaim and a dedicated following. With performances across six continents, she has established herself as one of the leading historical performers of her generation, collaborating with esteemed ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Jupiter Ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan, The English Concert, and Les Arts Florissants, among others. Equally accomplished on the modern violin, Rachell made her first public appearance with Philharmonia Northwest at age 11 and has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony.  Currently, she leads the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and is on faculty at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, CA. 


Notable appearances from Rachell's 2023-2024 season include performances with the New World Symphony, Camerata Pacifica, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Ilumina Festival in Sao Paulo, Reno Chamber Orchestra, The Northwest Sinfonietta, and The Rome Chamber Music Festival. 


Alongside the exceptional conductor and keyboardist David Belkovski, Rachell is co-founder of Twelfth Night. Founded in 2021, Twelfth Night’s notable engagements include Early Music at Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, San Diego Early Music, the Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, Chamber Music Society of Logan, and New World Symphony. 


Among her many awards, Rachell was the Grand Prize winner of the inaugural Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she lives in New York City with her husband and two bunnies. Rachell performs on a baroque violin from the school of Joachim Tielke ca. 1700, and a violin made in 1953 by Carlo de March. For more information about Rachell, please visit her website at

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