[ON LEAVE FOR 2021-2022]
Rachel Capon is an innovative and boundary-pushing multi-genre cellist. It is Rachel’s desire to be a lifelong student of the cello that has set her apart from many others. Her ability to adapt and engage in new musical settings is what has made her one of Canada’s most exciting cellists. Her versatility has made her an active session musician working on projects from hip-hop, Cuban, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass and classical.
A native of Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, Rachel is based in Victoria, BC. At the University of Victoria, studying with cellists Pamela Highbaugh, Aloni & Paula Kifner, she obtained her Bachelor of Music. Relocating to Toronto, Rachel definitively pushed her musical territory beyond the classical realm. With the guidance of Yo-Yo Ma, Rachel travelled to New York City to study with avant-garde cellist Mike Block. Rachel found herself immersed in the world of North American and World fiddle styles and discovering new territories for her beloved cello. This trajectory has seen Rachel working with artists such as John Reischman, The Alchemical Opera Company, Illusion Theatre, Miranda Mulholland, k-os, and Alex Cuba.
Currently, Rachel is working with her chamber-folk ensemble The Sound Accord on their new album (fall 2017). Having recently relocated to Victoria, Rachel is stepping into her new position as Instructor of Contemporary Cello at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.