“A triumph for the ASO’s popular pre-concert lecturer, Rachel Franklin…not only did the audience hear Franklin’s insightful commentary, but this internationally known artist could be heard in her element as a concert pianist… Franklin demonstrated a flawless crystalline technique and warmth and electricity in her playing…”
Have you ever felt mystified or confused by some vast piece of classical music? Wanted to ask questions but felt you didn’t know enough to speak up? Sat through a classical concert and left wanting to learn more about the music? Concert pianist Rachel Franklin is all about changing that.
Besides appreciating her performing artistry, audiences enjoy her witty, engaging style as she gives unique illustrations on the piano. From a 30-minute pre-concert presentation, a lecture-recital, or a full-length adult outreach course, Rachel Franklin focuses on the sheer joy and passion of great music so the audience can discover their own personal connections with its creative force.
Born in the UK, Rachel’s multi-faceted career as concert artist, music lecturer and teacher has taken her to venues across Europe and North America. As a Pro Musicis International Award winner, she gave her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston. The Boston Globe enthused about her “beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture” and described a performance on her solo debut CD as “not inferior…to the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein.” She has also given European Pro Musicis solo debuts in Paris and Rome. At the Wigmore Hall, London, critics applauded her “stunning individuality,” “exquisite dynamic control,” and “amazing power and solidity of technique.” The Washington Post has praised her “cool-headed bravura and panache” and the Baltimore Sun lauded “a flawless crystalline technique, and warmth and electricity in her playing.” Recent successes include concertos with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Arlington Philharmonic, Washington Sinfonietta, the Symphony of the Potomac and the Columbia Orchestra.
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