Performing with “unerring beauty” (The Classical Music Network), international prize-winning violinist Rachell Ellen Wong is recognized as an “emerging artist to watch and seek out” (Early Music America).
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Wong has been a featured soloist with orchestras across the United States and abroad. Recent appearances include the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica UCR in Costa Rica, Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Panamá, tours with the New Zealand String Quartet, and recitals with renowned pianists Anton Nel and Byron Schenkman.
Wong was a prize winner in the XXI International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany and has also won grand prizes in the 52nd Sorantin International String Competition and the International Crescendo Music Awards. She most recently won the inaugural Next Generation Competition, as part of the Gallery Concerts series in Seattle. An avid chamber musician, she regularly performs at Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, California and on the chamber music series Byron Schenkman & Friends in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Wong is also a founding member of New Amsterdam Consort, an emerging New York City based string ensemble committed to performing the overlooked consort-style music of the seventeenth century.
Wong was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School in the Historical Performance program. She also holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was a full scholarship Starling Distinguished Violinist recipient, and from Indiana University, where she was a full scholarship Jacobs Fellow recipient. Wong loves to explore her multi-racial heritage by studying diverse musical styles, including the Scottish fiddle.