Toronto native Rachel Gauntlett is a cellist 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, from 2011 to 2014.
Rachel is a dedicated educator, having completed her Suzuki teacher training in Chicago, Montréal, and Boston. Rachel has held faculty and guest clinician positions with the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Suzuki Talent Education Program of Newfoundland, Sistema Toronto, and the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute. More recently, she has served as a guest clinician at Suzuki String School of Guelph, the Suzuki Association of Ontario’s Annual Conference, and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
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 is currently on faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University and Etobicoke Suzuki Music.