Rachel Kwan

Young Artist Showcase & Workshop

Winner of the coveted Hong Kong Arts Festival Prize for the Most Outstanding Performer of Western Instruments, Rachel toured England as a fourteen-year-old pianist, and had her concerto debut the following year. She was awarded the L.T.C.L. Diploma for Performers from Trinity College of Music, London, UK when she was sixteen. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in England, Rachel has performed on three continents. Since moving to New Brunswick in 1992, she has appeared as concerto soloist with Symphony New Brunswick, and the Fredericton Chamber Players; as soprano soloist at the New Brunswick Choral Fest, the Saint John Chorale and with the Alto Mare Orchestra and Chorus. She has represented New Brunswick as a soloist to perform in countless events before dignitaries, prime ministers, premiers, and royalties. With two CDs,“Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs” (2003) and “Songs With New Words” (2012), Rachel is a double awards winner of New Brunswick Gospel Hall of Fame. She has taught piano at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and voice at the Hong Kong School of Scared Music and Kingswood University in Sussex, NB. She operates her own music studio in Saint John, and in recent years developed a “co-improvization” method in music as a form of therapy for special needs individuals. Besides her professional career in music, Rachel is a licensed minister with Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada, has served as president of the Campus Ministry Board at UNBSJ, and is a Candidate for Ordained Ministry.