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Dr. Rachel Franklin

British-born pianist Rachel Franklin is much in demand as performer, music lecturer and teacher. As a Pro Musicis International Award winner, she gave her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston. The Boston Globe enthused about her "beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture" and described a performance on her solo debut CD as "not inferior...to the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein." She has also given European Pro Musicis solo debuts in Paris and Rome. At the Wigmore Hall, London, where she has given several recitals, critics applauded her "stunning individuality," "exquisite dynamic control," and "amazing power and solidity of technique." The Washington Post has praised her "cool-headed bravura and panache" and the Baltimore Sun lauded "a flawless crystalline technique, and warmth and electricity in her playing." Recent successes include concertos with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Arlington Philharmonic, the Frederick Symphony Washington Sinfonietta, the Symphony of the Potomac and the Columbia Orchestra.

As both soloist and ensemble artist, Rachel Franklin has concertized throughout Europe, Canada and the US, and has won many awards and prizes. She has performed on BBC Radio 3, on WQXR and WNYC in New York, WJHU in Baltimore, and Radio Telefis Eireann in Ireland. After being specially featured on NPR’s "Performance Today" program, she gave frequent spoken broadcasts for them. She is doubly talented as an accomplished jazz pianist, having performed with many jazz ensembles, including her own classical/jazz chamber ensemble SONOS.

Deeply committed to musical outreach and education, Rachel Franklin also enjoys a busy dual career as a popular music lecturer, having lectured for such venues as the Library of Congress, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Smithsonian Associate Program, and dozens of others. Recently she created several lecture series on film music that have generated great enthusiasm, most recently giving sold-out presentations on this subject for the Easton Academy Art Museum, and the Chesapeake Film Festival.

Her teachers have included Louis Kentner, Irina Zaritskaya, and Ann Schein with whom she gained her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. As a child, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and subsequently at the Royal College of Music, London, and the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, where she won First Prize in the school's piano competition and received highest honors upon graduation.


Dr. Rachel Franklin has been a highly successful artist-teacher for many years. Her students have been accepted to major music institutions in the US and abroad, both at the Undergraduate and Masters/Doctoral levels. She has taught at the Royal College of Music (London), the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Maryland, and many other institutions. She is frequently invited to give master classes and judge competitions for gifted young musicians throughout the region, and she maintains a private studio in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dr. Franklin is dedicated to helping her students explore the joy and passion of classical and jazz piano, and developing a rich core of performing confidence. Her experience as both concert pianist and public speaker enables her to bring a uniquely broad professional viewpoint to her lessons with intermediate/advanced players of all ages. Humor, high expectations and constant creativity are the bedrock of her teaching technique.

Rachel Franklin also has decades of experience successfully preparing students for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams, or ABRSM. The ABRSM is the world's leading provider of graded music exams and assessments, and its high standards are internationally known and respected. Working towards these exams from grade 1 to 8 provides students with a tremendously focused and rewarding study experience.

Studio Location
Silver Spring, Maryland
(301) 871-6840