Rachel Mercer

Described as a "pure chamber musician" (Globe and Mail) creating "moments of pure magic" (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across five continents. Member of Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, Artist-in-Residence at Western University, and Artistic Director of the "5 at the First" Chamber Music Series in Hamilton, Rachel joins the National Arts Centre Orchestra as Associate Principal Cello in January 2016. Her critically acclaimed album of the Bach Suites was recorded on the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius from the Canada Council Instrument Bank. Winner in the 2015 competition, Rachel is grateful to have been awarded the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello for a 3-year loan.


Photo credit: David Leyes

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