Rachel Twyman : Bachelor of Music with Honours (BMus (Hons))

Rachel Twyman


Rachel Twyman came to Waikato having finished high school at Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland in 2013 where she was a House Prefect and orchestra leader. A talented violinist, Rachel is studying towards her Bachelor of Music with Honours, majoring in classical violin performance. Rachel has participated on a national level in the Chamber Music Contest, the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, and the Adam Chamber Music Summer School. She has completed practical violin exams up to the level of ATCL with Distinction and was the first instrumentalist at her high school to receive the highest award in Arts – an Honours award, and the only recipient in 2013. To expand outside of classical music, Rachel has played as an orchestra member in the Hamilton Operatic Society's production of Phantom of the Opera and Southwell School's production of Fiddler on the Roof, also recording for an EP by Cambridge singer/songwriter Harry Parsons, and playing with the C3 Hamilton church band. In 2015 she was the winner of the University of Waikato Concerto Competition, and a member of the winning trio of the Dr's. Le Quesne and Heywood Cup at the Te Awamutu Competitions. In 2016 her Piano Quartet were the winners of the University of Waikato Chamber Music Competition. She is a member of Opus Chamber Orchestra as Violin 1. At the beginning of 2016, she made her orchestral debut with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Rupert D'Cruze, in their Sunset Symphony concert. In June 2017 she was selected to attend the Bach Residency with Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415 in Nelson, having masterclasses and performing on Baroque violin. She was recently awarded the Step Higher Award, enabling her to travel to the Khumbu Valley in Nepal to see the amazing work begun by Sir Edmund Hillary and continued by the Himalayan Trust, also fundraising over $2,000 for the Himalayan Trust. Rachel thoroughly enjoys studying with some of the country’s best musical tutors at the University of Waikato and one day hopes to perform to audiences around the world as a chamber musician.


UoW Chamber Music Competition - 03/06/2016

University of Waikato Chamber Music Competition
Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
3 June 2016

My piano quartet with Tamina Beveridge, Matthias Balzat and Sylvia Neild won the annual University of Waikato Chamber Music Competition, against four other University chamber music ensembles.

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