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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." Following a widely acclaimed chamber concert with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Sun wrote: "Franklin demonstrated a flawless crystalline technique, and warmth and electricity in her playing." Recent successes have included concertos with the Piedmont, Frederick and Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestras. Her 2012 performances include concertos with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Amadeus Orchestra.

As a soloist and ensemble artist, she has concertized in Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Canada and the US, and her chamber music recordings can be found on such labels as Sony and Sonoris. Among Rachel Franklin's many awards are top prizes in the Florence International Chamber Music Competition and the Louise B. McMahon International Music Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, on WQXR and WNYC in New York, WJHU in Baltimore, and Radio Telefis Eireann in Ireland. In addition, she has been the subject of a feature on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," with whom she has given frequent spoken broadcasts. 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 given courses and pre-concert lectures for such venues as the Library of Congress, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Smithsonian Associate Program among others. As an extension of this work, she was awarded a prestigious grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, to develop her unique new website, "Speaking Of Music." This video blog, featuring short films of Dr. Franklin discussing and demonstrating well-known pieces of concert music, was launched in 2010.

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
 
Phone
(301) 871-6840
 
 
Website
www.rachelfranklin.com
www.speakingofmusic.org