Rachael Young

“…a serious musician, and a very sensitive and dynamic conductor…”

Leonid Grin

Compared favourably to Paavo Järvi, described as ‘a very sensitive and dynamic conductor’ and as ‘a musician of great integrity and insight’, Rachael Young began her conducting studies in 2009, having been a professional cellist in, first, her native New Zealand and then in London.

Concert highlights include her successful debuts in Berlin at the Philharmonie with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, performing with renowned Russian pianist Viktoria Postnikova, and with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, assisting Maestro Leonid Grin. The most recent guest conducting engagements have taken her to South America and Europe.

Rachael Young has worked with a number of ensembles including the Russian Virtuosi of Europe, St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Orchestra and the Kaiserslautern Symphony Orchestra. Past engagements also include guest conducting the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra in the Ukraine and the English Sinfonia with pianists Viktoria Postnikova and BBC Young Musician 2010 Lara Melda, in concerts at St John’s Smith Square, London. These London concerts were broadcast on the BBC World Service arts program ‘The Strand’. Ms Young has also been featured on BBC Radio 3 arts programme ‘In Tune’.

As assistant conductor Ms Young has worked alongside Paavo Järvi in concerts and recordings with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, including the recent recording with Steven Isserlis of the Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello concerti. Also, Rachael Young has worked with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen alongside violinist Viktoria Mullova, as well as with the Pärnu Festival Orchestra in Estonia and The Philharmonia in London. She has also assisted Leonid Grin in concerts with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

Since 2009 Ms Young has participated in a number of prestigious conducting master classes including both The Järvi Academy Summer and Winter Academies in Estonia, with concerts being broadcast live on Klassika Raadio Estonia. She has also participated in Masterclasses with Jorma Panula, the Celebidache Foundation Masterclass held in the Czech Republic and in ‘The London Masterclasses’ at The Royal Academy of Music.

Ms Young studied conducting with renowned conducting teacher Leonid Grin. As conducting professor with the Gstaad Conducting Academy and the Järvi Summer & Winter Academies, Maestro Grin is a leading exponent of the Russian school of conducting having studied and taught at the Moscow Conservatory.


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