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Meet the Orchestra


Yang Rachel Guan Ebbett

bassoon, associate principal

Rachel Guan Ebbett was born in China, where she was accepted into the central conservatory in Bei Jing at Age 12. Upon graduation with Honours, she decided to pursue her music study abroad. She received a full scholarship to attend the Harid conservatory in Florida USA where she studied with Arthur Weisberg. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Music, she was offered a teaching assistantship at the Louisiana State University where she received a Master of Music performance degree under the Guidance of William Ludwig.

Rachel fell in love with the style of the Cleveland Orchestra after a summer of traveling to attend Major orchestra concerts. She moved to Cleveland the following fall and started her Artist diploma at the Cleveland institute of music under the major influence of the Principal bassoon John Clouser.

Rachel attended many summer music festivals including the Sarasota, Chautauqua, and the Pacific music festival in Japan. She came to New Zealand upon winning the associate principal bassoon position in May 2005, and has enjoyed the lifestyle of this beautiful land.

She enjoys the outdoors, tennis, cooking and being a mum to her two lovely kids. She is also active in teaching music in her community.

CHAIR DONOR:
Dame Adrienne Stewart

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