Raechel Suh

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Master of Music at Rice University

I have been offered a place in the Master of Music program at Rice University where I will study with Professor Norman Fischer, commencing in August.

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My teachers in Australia agree that I am at a crucial point in my development where I would greatly benefit from overseas study. I am excited to be learning with Professor Fischer, a world-renowned pedagogue whose success as a teacher can be seen in his students who frequently win international competitions and competitive orchestral jobs.

I have been offered a place at Professor Norman Fischer’s studio at Rice University where I will work towards a Master of Music in Cello Performance. It was a highly competitive process, with over 200 cello applicants for the school. Out of the six music schools I auditioned for in February, I was most drawn to Rice for the high calibre of its teaching faculty.

I believe overseas study is the next step in furthering my technique and musicianship. When I return to Australia, I hope to share the things I learn overseas with audiences here. I will also commission a piece for solo cello by an Australian composer as I am passionate about the creation of new music and believe it is crucial to the livelihood of all classical musicians.

I am incredibly fortunate to have been awarded a full scholarship worth $83,000 AUD to attend Rice University. However, I still need $20,000 AUD to cover the costs of accommodation, health insurance, and flights.

With your help I could achieve my goal of having a music education of the highest quality.

You can read more about the String Department at Rice here: https://music.rice.edu/departments/string

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Raechel Suh has earned her reputation as one of Australia’s most skilful emerging cellists. Raechel was the first prize winner of the 2017 Queensland Conservatorium Piatti Prize, finalist of the 2018 Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition, and semi-finalist in the 2017 Gisborne International Music Competition. Her sound has been described by esteemed cellist, Meta Weiss, as “rich and focused” and her interpretations “innately musical”. Raechel has garnered numerous awards in recognition of her fine musicianship including the 2017 Rotary of Brisbane Mid-City Inc. Endowment Award for Excellence in Performance, Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition’s Most Promising String Player Award (2018), Queensland Conservatorium string department nominee of the Brisbane Club Award 2018, and Varsity College’s Most Outstanding Instrumentalist Award (2015).

Last year, Raechel made her concerto debut performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Peter Luff. She has performed in masterclasses for distinguished cellists David Requiro, Umberto Clerici, and Howard Penny. In 2018, Raechel was selected as a fellow for the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Fellowships.


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