Rachel Sandman was born in New York and began studying violin under the Suzuki method at the age of 3. After moving to Los Angeles at age 6, she began studies at the Colburn School of Performing Arts with Dr. Chan Ho Yun. In high school, Rachel was an Emerson Scholar at Interlochen Arts Camp, as well as concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and winner of the Interlochen Concerto Competition. She also appeared on PBS’s From the Top: Live in Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2010, Rachel was awarded a fellowship for study at the Tanglewood Music Center, summer home of the Boston Symphony.
Ms. Sandman graduated in May 2012 with her Bachelor’s of Music in violin performance from Rice University, under the tutelage of Cho-Liang Lin and the late Sergiu Luca. During her time at Rice, she was given the opportunity to lead the Rice University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in the concertmaster and principal second violin positions. She also held teaching positions at several schools in Houston. Rachel is currently pursuing her Master’s of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Professors Joel Smirnoff and Ivan Zenaty.