Rachel cannot recall when she started playing the violin, but she does remember that she chose to learn it because her peers were learning how to play the piano and she wanted to try something different. She recently graduated from Ave Maria Convent and her fondest memories there were skipping class to attend rehearsals for the AMC Symphony Orchestra, where she served as viola section leader before subsequently becoming concertmaster and associate conductor. She completed her ABRSM grade 8 exam with distinction in 2012. That same year, Rachel was awarded the Young Artist scholarship to participate in the 4th Biennial Singapore International String Conference, where she attended masterclasses with Ang Chek Meng and Ng Yu-Ying of the renowned T'ang Quartet. In between performing and arranging songs for various school events, she was also first chair violinist with the Perak Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Eugene Pook.My biography for the programme notes of the concert I'm playing in March. Looking at it, I couldn't help but think wow, I've had a pretty illustrious career too.
A pretty quiet birthday, but I had dinner with my family at Citrus last night and the lady boss gave me a chocolate lava cake, which was lovely. Also the notes and messages I received this whole day were very nice and made me feel warm mushy feelings to all the people in my life.
I'll be going out with my friends for lunch tomorrow. My grandma made me pair of flare shorts and a retro skirt which I'm gonna wear. ^.^