B i o g r a p h y
Violinist Rachel Saul, originally from Tucson, Arizona, performs and teaches with an enthusiastic passion for music and its life changing benefits. Rachel feels fortunate to currently live in Honolulu and is a member of the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra.
She has enjoyed performing with the HSO since 2012, and also performs with orchestras such as the
Hawai'i Opera Theatre, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Hawai'i Pops, Maui Chamber Orchestra, Maui Pops Orchestra, Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival, AIMS in Graz Festival Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
This year in 2019, Rachel performed with international superstar EMINEM at the Aloha Stadium. She has recorded on the albums of local artists Paula Fuga and Mike Love, in addition to appearing live in concerts at HPR’s Atherton Studio, Doris Duke’s Shangri La, and with Taimane at Blue Note Hawaii.
A graduate of Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, she received her Bachelor of Music (B.Mus) studying under Gerardo Ribeiro, where she was a recipient of the Captain Maxwell W. Balfour Endowed Scholarship. During her undergraduate years at Northwestern, Rachel often held leadership positions with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Victor Yampolsky. She received her Master of Music (M.Mus) degree from Boston University College of Fine Arts studying under Peter Zazofsky.
Rachel made her solo debut appearing as a featured soloist with the Tucson Pops Orchestra in 2006, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto. Over a decade later, she enjoys performing with outstanding local Hawaiian talent; she has performed live at the Blue Note Hawaii and the Make a Wish Hawaii Foundation Gala with the Hot Club of Hulaville, and during a televised live appearance with four-category nominee and Hawaii favorite Sean Na'auao at the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Rachel recorded on Mike Love's albums, "Love Will Find a Way" and "Love Overflowing." At the Joyful Mele gala, she performed with local talents and TV/Broadway star Raul Esparza. Her real big TV break was during a few seconds cameo as a member of a string quartet playing at a wedding ceremony on the hit TV show Hawaii 5-0. ;-)
Rachel has enjoyed experience as Concertmaster
for the Benefit Orchestra in Honolulu, Palaver Strings,
BU Choral Society Orchestra, BU Chamber Orchestra,
BU Opera Orchestra, and the North Shore Chamber
Orchestra among others, often responsible for substantial solos. With the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Benjamin Zander, she performed at several of Boston's premiere halls: NEC's Jordan Hall, Harvard's Sanders Theatre and the BSO's renowned Symphony Hall. At several chamber recitals in Boston, she performed the full original version of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, "A Soldier's Tale."