Rachel Saul Schifino



Violinist Rachel Saul Schifino, originally from vibrant Tucson AZ, has been performing with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Rachel received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music studying under Gerardo Ribeiro, and her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts studying under Peter Zazofsky.

Rachel’s additional orchestral experience includes performing with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Hawaii Pops, Maui Chamber Orchestra, Maui Pops Orchestra, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria among others. Rachel has served as concertmaster for orchestras including the Honolulu Benefit Orchestra, Palaver Strings, Boston University Opera Orchestra and the North Shore Chamber Orchestra. In 2006, she made her solo debut performing the Bruch Violin Concerto appearing with the Tucson Pops Orchestra.,

Chamber music is Rachel’s passion, and in addition to performances across North America and Europe, she has performed as a guest artist at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa frequently since 2012. Rachel also enjoys performing with artists such as Eminemat the Aloha Stadium, Taimane at the Blue Note Hawaii, and others at Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio, the Joyful Mele Gala, the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and more. She has also recorded on a few albums alongside local artist Mike Love and Paula Fuga.

In addition to performing, Rachel teaches chamber music at Punahou Music School, founded and conducts the After-School Strings Program at the Mid-Pacific Institute Elementary School, is a teaching artist with Kalikolehua El Sistema Hawaii and teaches a private violin studio. To learn more, please visit www.rachelsaulviolin.com

How I got started playing my instrument

My dad is a composer, and he started me on piano at age 3. My older sister picked up the violin in her elementary school music class; for a time I copied everything she did, so naturally I started playing violin too at age 5, and the rest is history.

Favorite Composer

If I have to choose only one: Beethoven.
Honorable mentions: Mahler, Strauss, Prokofiev, Mozart, Bach.

Favorite solo piece

Bach’s Ciaconna from Partita No. 2.
Or Ysaye Ballade.

Other than classical music _____ is on my phone/iPod

Stevie Wonder, Walter Becker, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Ani DiFranco, Jacob Collier etc.

Activities, hobbies, interests outside of music

I enjoy hiking, yoga, surfing, painting, reading, dancing and traveling.

Guilty pleasure?

Watching foreign films.