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A native of Taiwan, Rachel Chao has performed extensively as a solo and collaborative pianist in Taiwan, Canada and the United States. She has won prizes including Taiwan National Piano Competition, MTNA Competition, Phoenix Symphony Guild Young Musicians Competition, Sorel Medallion Piano Collaboration Competition in New York City, and Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. Solo appearances have taken her to Carnegie-Weill Recital Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center.
Rachel is currently on piano faculty at New Heart Music Ministries and is the pianist for Houston Masterworks Chorus. She has taught in California State University - Bakersfield, and has served on piano faculty at Camp Encore-Coda in Sweden, Maine. As a collaborative pianist, she served as the staff pianist for the voice and opera program at Rice University, and has collaborated with the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet.
Rachel studied with Walter Cosand at Arizona State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Music, and with Alan Chow at Northwestern University, from where she holds a Masters and a Doctor of Music in piano performance.