Singaporean flutist Rachel Ho has been praised by The Straits Times for her “lovely flute solo gliding the melody as an added voice, making the aria especially poignant” during her performance with Masaaki Suzuki, a leading authority on the works of JS Bach.
After learning the Baroque Flute for 1.5 months with Dr Cheryl Lim, Faculty at School of the Arts Singapore, Rachel performed J.S Bach Cantata BWV 55 with Alan Bennett, Voice faculty at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) and Masaaki Suzuki under the “Visiting Artist Series: Masaaki Suzuki Conducts Bach” at YSTCM in early 2016.
During her semester on exchange at Peabody Conservatory in Fall 2016, besides studying modern flute with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Flutist Emily Skala, she also had the opportunity to study the baroque flute with Gwyn Roberts, founder of the early music group Tempesta di Mare. Rachel was involved in the Early Music Department, actively performing with the Baltimore Baroque Band and the Peabody Recorder Consort. She was also part of a baroque chamber group.
When she returned to Singapore in 2017, she led a student-initiated concert, “A New Dawn”, showcasing chamber music of the early 18th Century all played on period instruments, with her colleagues and mentor, Mr Leslie Tan.
Rachel is also equally proficient on the modern flute. As a flute soloist, she won 2nd prize at the YSTCM Concerto Competition (Wind/Brass/Harp/Percussion category) in 2017. She has also performed in masterclasses by Emmanuel Pahud, Vincent Lucas and András Adorján and took part in reputable music festivals in Canada and France.
Under the tutelage of Wang Tong, Rachel was a member of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) from 2005 to 2016. She has had guest appearances with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Orchestra Collective, Hermes Wind Orchestra in Taiwan and is the Principal Flautist of The Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, Singapore. She has also worked with notable conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Darrell Ang and Lan Shui. As a chamber musician, Rachel is part of the Flute Association Singapore’s Flute Ensemble and is a member of the Artist Academy’s Resident Flute Quartet, The Flying Flutes. She has also performed with Queensland Conservatorium faculty members in 2016.
Rachel believes that music has the power to change lives, and aims to continue to share the joy of music with the wider community. She is a member of YSTCM Collective, a student-initiated group that aims to bring music to the community, and has organized a number of charity performances at hospitals and Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped. She was then selected as one of the two representatives from YSTCM to participate in the New Audiences and Innovative Programme (NAIP) courses in Vienna and Iceland where students from various schools learn how to facilitate and engage the audience with the music they make. Rachel has facilitated creative music workshops with kidsphilharmonic@sg and ‘Superhero Me’. Rachel is also a passionate music educator and has served as a Festival Artist at the Philharmonic Society of Myanmar Festival and Competition for the past two years.
Rachel has just completed her undergraduate studies at YSTCM. She was awarded a full scholarship, majoring in Flute Performance under the tutelage of Jin Ta, Principal Flautist of Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Evgueni Brokmiller, Associate Principal Flautist of SSO. Rachel will continue to further her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands this coming September.