The highly acclaimed American guitarist Rachel Schiff began playing the guitar at age 5.  She began her musical education at the prestigious "National High School Music Institute" with Professor Mark Maxwell.  At the age of 16, she was awarded the Grand Prix at the a competition which was open to all instruments and subsequently enabled her to perform many concerts.  In the following years, Rachel was a repeated prize winner of the Society of American Musicians Youth Competition.  


In 2005, Rachel Schiff entered the class of Professor Anne Waller at Northwestern University and completed her Bachelor of Music in 2009.  She then graduated at the world-renowned Accedemia Chigiana Musicale in the class of Professor Oscar Ghiglia with the award Diploma di Merito.  After completing her Master of Music at Northwestern University in 2010, Rachel moved to Germany to develop her artistic skills with the famous Professor Dale Kavanagh at the Koblenz International Guitar Academy.   This experience gave Rachel highly valuable musical impulses, which continue to shape her playing today. A year later she began a Post-Graduate study at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln under the guidance of celebrated Argentian guitarist Robeto Aussel, which she completed in 2013 with great success. In the same year, Rachel was a prize winner at the Niksic International Guitar Competition in Montenegro, and was thus broadcast on both national radio and television live.  


As a soloist, Rachel has participated in master classes and festivals with prominent musicians of the international guitar scene, such as Eliot Fisk, Alvaro Pierri, David Russel, Bill Kanengiser, Shinichi Fukuda, Raphaella Smits, Elena Papandreou, Antigoni Goni, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.  


In addition to her performances, Rachel is currently completing a Master of Arts in music pedagogy and teaching at the Heinen Musik- und Malschule as well as the Musikschule der Stadt Hennef.  



31 January, 2015

Hybriden - Interdisziplinäres Bachelorkonzert von Toni Geiger

Tan Dun: Concerto for 6

Cologne, DE

4 February, 2015

New Music Concert

Feliu Gasull: Auswahl von 12 Bonsais for 2 Guitars 

Cologne, DE

6 June, 2015

Bachelor Concert of Oriane Weyl, Wuppertal

Hans Werner Henze: Trio für Harp, Mandolin & Guitar

Norbert Sprongl: Duo for Guitar & Mandolin, Op. 85

Wuppertal, DE

10 October, 2015 - 13.00
Duo Concert in Cafe Einspänner
Clarinetist Blake Weston and guitarist Rachel Schiff present a South-American program as a part of the Südstadt-Kulturherbsts

Cologne, DE

1 November, 2015 - 18.15

Solo performance at Gross Sankt Martin

(as part of the Vespers)

Johann Sebastian Bach: BWV 998 - Prelude, Fugue und Allegro

Cologne, DE

17 September, 2016 - 19:00 Uhr

Kölner Musiknacht 2016

Spanische Porträts

Karl Rahner Akademie, Neumarkt 

Cologne, DE


13 August, 2016 - 20:30 Uhr

Recontres Musicales d'Iroise

Chapelle Notre Dame du Val

Trébabu, FR


13 August, 2016 - 17:00 Uhr

Recontres Musicales d'Iroise

Chapelle Dom Michel

Le Conquet, FR


11 August, 2016 - 20:00 Uhr

Recontres Musicales d'Iroise

Manoir de Kerenneur

Plourin, FR


4 May, 2016 - 21:00 Uhr

Gross Sankt Martin

Cologne, DE

18 December, 2016 - 10:30 Uhr

Christmas concert with students at a Senior Home

Cologne, DE


VIII international Niksic Guitar Compeition – 2013

Rachel Schiff plays in the final round of the Niksic Guitar Competition, broadcast live on RTS Atlas

   I. John Dowland - The Frog Galliard  

   II. Johann Kaspar Mertz - Elegie 

   III. Isaac Albeniz - Mallorca

Carlo Domeniconi: Koyunbaba, Op. 19

Rachel Schiff performs at the Indigo Gallery (June 2010)

Dowland: Frog Galliard and Sor: Fantasie, Op. 27

Recorded June 2013

Rachel Schiff plays as part of the Frauen im Fokus series "Les Grandes Dames de la Guitare" (June 2014)

Emilia Giuliani: Variazioni Su Un Tema Mercadante op.9




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