Rachel Shapiro, violin
Rachel Kitagawa Shapiro, born in Reading, PA, has been a member of the Aeolus Quartet since its inception in 2006. Presently pursuing a Master of Music degree as part of the graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Shapiro studies with Sandy Yamamoto and Daniel Ching of the Miro Quartet. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009 under the tutelage of Linda Cerone and David Russell.
At the age of 15, Ms. Shapiro performed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sidney Rothstein as a winner of the Reading Symphony Orchestra League's Annual Concerto Competition. She has also performed as soloist with the Lower Merion Symphony. The first prize recipient of the 2005 Atonement Bach Scholarship Competition, Ms. Shapiro was also awarded the Samuel L. Correnti Scholarship by the Reading Musical Foundation. Ms. Shapiro has been a member of the Pennsylvania All State Orchestra, in addition to serving as concertmistress of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is an alumna of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, where she was awarded an Advanced Study Scholarship for String Quartet. Having held the position of concertmistress of the Settlement Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Shapiro appeared with this ensemble on a broadcast of NPR's "From the Top" radio show in 2005.
She has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, International Music Academy of Pilsen, Czech Republic, ENCORE School for Strings, Meadowmount School of Music, and Interlochen Arts Camp. Ms. Shapiro's past teachers include Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Yayoi Numazawa of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has performed in masterclasses for such distinguished artists as Joel Smirnoff, Charles Castleman and Sherry Kloss.