Rachael Young

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

Leonid Grin

Described as ‘a serious musician and a very sensitive and dynamic conductor’ and by William Pleeth 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.

In 2015/16 Ms Young’s guest conducting engagements take her to South America, New Zealand and Europe. Highlights include her debuts with Orquesta Sinfonica de Chilé and in Berlin at the Philharmonie with the Deutsche Kammerorchester Berlin again performing Schnittke with renowned Russian pianist Victoria Postnikova.

Since 2009 Miss 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 , Parnu City Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Orchestra, The Kaiserslautern Symphony Orchestra.

Recent engagements include being invited to guest conduct the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra in the Ukraine and conducting the English Sinfonia with pianists Victoriia Postnikova and BBC Young Musician 2010 Lara Melda,in concerts at St John’s, London. These London concerts were broadcast on the BBC World Service arts programme ‘The Strand’ and Ms Young has also been featured on BBC Radio 3 arts programme ‘In Tune’.

As assistant conductor Miss Young has worked alongside Paavo Jarvi in concerts and recordings with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, including for the recent recording with Steven Isserlis of the Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello concerto, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen working with violinist Viktoria Mullova and the Pärnu Festival Orchestra in Estonia. She has also been assistant conductor to Leonid Grin in concerts with The Orquesta Sinfonica de Chilé.

Since 2009 Ms Young has participated in a number of prestigious conducting master classes including both The Jarvi Academy Summer and Winter Academies in Estonia, with concerts being broadcast live on Klassika Raadio Estonia with the Parnu City Orchestra and Estonian National Youth Chamber Orchestra. Rachael 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 Maestro Leonid Grin- conducting professor at the Gstaad Conducting Academy and the Järvi Summer & Winter Academies – and Paavo Jarvi’s former teacher and former assistant to Leonard Bernstein throughout the 1980s – a leading exponent of the Russian school of conducting having studied and taught at the Moscow Conservatory.

Ms Young began her musical studies on the cello and went on to take her B.Mus at Victoria University, Wellington. A scholarship from The Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts enabled her to pursue post -graduate studies in America. In 1994 Ms Young came to England and with the help of a New Zealand Arts Council grant studied cello with William Pleeth (teacher of Jaqueline Du Pre) and later Moray Welsh.


“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Anderson