British-born concert pianist Dr. Rachel Franklin is a renowned teacher and performer in the mid-Atlantic region. Acclaimed for her wit, scholarship and ability to illuminate even the most complex concert works, her communicative gifts have led to countless lecturing engagements which include such distinguished venues as the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. Rachel has also appeared on over two dozen broadcasts about music for National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”
She regularly delivers sold-out presentations for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Academy Art Museum in Easton MD, and many others. Besides appreciating her performing artistry, her audiences rave about her warm and engaging style as she demonstrates with unique illustrations on the piano.
In 2014 Rachel created several lecture series on film music that have been a huge hit, and have led to many requests to bring this fascinating subject to new audiences. Highlights include her gala opening performance for the 2015 Chesapeake Film Festival and a return invitation to be their 2017 festival gala closing event last October. She continues to present a variety of film music subjects for venues across the DMV. She also enjoys exploring the intersection between music and the fine arts, and last year gave 6 lectures for the Annapolis Symphony entitled: “The Art of Marc Chagall in Music.”
Rachel Franklin has concertized in major halls across Europe, Canada and the US. When, as a Pro Musicis International Award winner, she gave her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston, the Boston Globe enthused about her "beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture" and described a performance on her solo debut CD as "not inferior...to the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein."
Her recent regional appearances include concerto performances with the Arlington Philharmonic, the Columbia Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Washington Sinfonietta, the Symphony of the Potomac, the Piedmont Symphony and others.
Much in demand as an inspiring artist-teacher, she frequently gives master classes and judges competitions for gifted young musicians. She has also taught at the Royal College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts. She is also doubly talented as an accomplished jazz pianist, running her own classical/jazz chamber ensemble SONOS, with the ASO’s Principal Second violin Christian Tremblay and bassist Jonathan Miles Brown. SONOS recently gave a hugely successful music and poetry evening for the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and will be making a repeat appearance for FASO next season.
Rachel Franklin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music, and the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University, where she won First Prize in the school's piano competition and received highest honors upon graduation.