Rachel Xi Zhang - Percussion
A concert soloist, half of the renowned “Joint Venture Percussion Duo” and core member of the new music sextet “Looptail”, Rachel Xi Zhang actively performs on world-class stages both at home and abroad. In solo and duo capacities, she has been awarded multiple international awards, including but not limited to the Vriendenkrans and Het Debuut Concours in Amsterdam, and the Princess Christina Concours in Haarlem. She is also a recipient of the Bernard Haitink Fund and the Emerging Artists Grant of Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation.
Rachel has been invited as a performer and lecturer at various international marimba festivals such as the Percussion Festival at the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing, China; International Marimba Festival in Tabasco, Mexico; Zeltsman Marimba Festival in Appleton and Arcata, U.S.; Samobor Music Festival in Croatia, etc. She has been a concerto soloist with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in China, the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra in Luxembourg, and the City of Southampton Orchestra in the UK among others.
Rachel received her Bachelors degree in 2010, graduating cum laude from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she studied with Jan Pustjens, Peter Prommel, Nick Woud, Victor Oskam, Gustavo Gimeno, Mark Braafhart, Arnold Marinissen and Lorenzo Ferrandiz. From 2010 to 2014, she continued her studies at the Boston Conservatory with a full scholarship under famed marimba virtuoso Nancy Zeltsman. Upon receiving a Masters degree and Artist Diploma at Boston, Rachel was named a Marimba One Artist; she continues her international career through constant collaborations with colleagues in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.