Rachel Mercer

Rachel Mercer
Region: Ontario
Rachel Mercer

Organization: National Arts Centre Orchestra
Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Violoncello


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. Grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel is Principal Cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she plays with Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo, the AYR Piano Trio, and is Artistic Director of the "5 at the First" Chamber Music Series in Hamilton. Rachel has given masterclasses across North America, South Africa and in Israel, and as an advocate for new Canadian music has commissioned and premiered over 25 works for solo cello and chamber ensembles. Rachel can be heard on the Naxos, Naxos Canadian Classics, Centrediscs, Analekta, Atma, Dalia Classics and EnT-T record labels, and released a critically acclaimed album of the Bach Suites on Pipistrelle in March 2014, recorded on the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius Cello from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. Rachel plays a 17th century cello from Northern Italy.