Rachel is a versatile violinist, violist and music educator who specializes in Western Classical Music, and the Classical Music of India. Her performances have been touching peopleʼs hearts for many years.

Rachel has trained from childhood in Western Classical Music and has a B.A. in Music and Violin Performance with Honors from Mills College, where she studied with violinist David Abel. She has also studied with violinists Joseph Genualdi and Myron Sandler at California State University Northridge.  She has additional teacher training in the Suzuki Method with violinist Kasandra Klassy who had direct training with Dr. Suzuki in Japan.

Rachel has a unique style of playing Hindustani Classical Music, being trained in the Baba Allaudin Seniya Beenkar Gharana from Rampur to Maihar by the illustrious sarode master Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. She had the good fortune to study at the Ali Akbar College of Music for 20 years, where she studied with Maestro Ali Akbar Khan Hindustani instrumental and vocal music. Tutelage with violinists Sisirkhana Dhar Chowdhury and Satyadev Pawar have refined her violin technique as well.   In addition she studied the art of tabla with tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri of the Lucknow Gharana.

A Bay Area resident, she performs as a soloist or in ensembles throughout the U.S. and India, and has given live performances for radio and television. Rachel is a regular soloist at the Ali Akbar College of Music. Other performances include ensemble performances for Alonzo Kingʼs Lines Ballet alongside vocalist Rita Sahai, Sahaiʼs Vasundhara Orchestra, the Ali Akbar College Orchestra, Surila quartet, and for weddings. Accompanying experience includes violin and viola  accompaniment for vocalists Rita Sahai, Shweta Jhaveri, Gaayatri Kaundinya and Santanu Banerji. She has also performed with the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra, and the Arkansas Festival Orchestra.

Rachel enjoys teaching in both Western and Indian styles, and is a Suzuki Violin Instructor. She has also given lecture demonstrations and workshops on the music of India in the public schools of both Marin County, and San Francisco for the AACM, and contributed as a research archivist to the Ali Akbar Khan Foundation Library.