A native of Gabriola Island, BC, Canadian multi-genre cellist Rachel Capon is currently based in Victoria, BC. At the University of Victoria, studying with cellists Pamela Highbaugh, Aloni & Paula Kifner, Rachel excelled in both the jazz and classical ensembles. In 2010, having relocated to Toronto, Rachel definitively pushed her musical territory beyond the classical realm. In 2011 with the guidance of Yo-Yo Ma, Rachel travelled to New York City to study with avant-garde cellist Mike Block. Later that year studying with Celtic cellist Natalie Haas, and five-string fiddle-star Lauren Rioux, Rachel found herself immersed in the world of North American and World fiddle styles and discovering new territories for her beloved cello.
Today Rachel works on a wide range of musical projects—she has performed live with hip-hop artist K-OS on MTV, toured as the solo cellist for Illusion Theatreʼs production of My Antonia, and travelled to the Edmonton Fringe Festival with the Alchemical Opera Project, a one-man opera based on Die Winterreise for which she wrote and performed the solo cello score.
Rachel worked for the past four years at the Dixon Hall Music School, where she taught the cello studio and the string orchestra for inner-city Toronto youth. Recently, Rachel worked with Canadian fiddle star Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers), releasing and touring Mulholland’s debut album Whipping Girl. In the fall of 2014, Rachel and husband Eli Bender released their first full length album as cello duo Hale & Hearty “Always we Rambled”.
Currently Rachel is working with her new ensemble The Sound Accord on their new album (fall 2016) and looking forward to their upcoming tours in Canada and the US. Having recently relocated to Victoria, Rachel is excited to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and looking forward to meeting future collaborators.