Toronto native Rachel Gauntlett is a cellist and early childhood educator with a celebrated background in music performance, teaching, and arts administration. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC radio and taken her to Lincoln Center in New York City.
As an orchestral musician, Rachel has held principal cello positions with Sneak Peak Orchestra (Toronto) and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (Montréal) among others. Rachel performed as a full time member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra for three consecutive seasons (2011 to 2014).
As an arts administrator, Rachel has worked for some of Canada’s most prestigious arts organizations, including the Canadian Opera Company and Esprit Orchestra, where she was artistic administrator and manager for four consecutive seasons (2014 to 2018).
Rachel’s true passion is teaching. She is regularly in demand as a guest clinician at workshops and institutes across the country. More recently, Rachel has served as a guest faculty member at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Wilfrid Laurier University. Her teaching has taken her throughout North America to Chicago, Austin, Montréal, San Diego, and Boston.
Rachel currently runs her teaching studio of 20+ cellists ages 3-18 in the west end of Toronto.