British-born concert pianist Rachel Franklin, DMA, is a renowned teacher and performer in the mid-Atlantic region. Acclaimed for her wit, scholarship, and ability to illuminate even the most complex concert works, her communicative gifts have led to countless lecturing engagements, which include such distinguished venues as the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. Dr. Franklin has also appeared on over two dozen broadcasts about music for National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”
She regularly delivers sold-out presentations for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Easton’s Academy Art Museum, and many others. Besides appreciating her performing artistry, her audiences rave about her warm and engaging style as she demonstrates with unique illustrations on the piano.
In 2014, Dr. Franklin created several lecture series on film music that generated great enthusiasm, and have led to many requests to bring this fascinating subject to new audiences. A recent highlight was her opening performance for the 2015 Chesapeake Film Festival, and she’s now presenting a variety of film music subjects in venues across the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She’s delighted to be bringing “Magnificent Movie Music” to the Arlington Philharmonic.
Rachel Franklin has concertized in major halls across Europe, Canada, and the US. When, as a Pro Musicis International Award winner, she gave her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston, the Boston Globe enthused about her "beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture" and described a performance on her solo debut CD as "not inferior...to the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein." Her recent regional appearances include concerto performances with the Arlington Philharmonic, the Columbia Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Washington Sinfonietta, the Symphony of the Potomac, and the Piedmont Symphony.
Much in demand as an inspiring artist-teacher, she frequently gives master classes and judges competitions for gifted young musicians. She has also taught at the Royal College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory, where she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts.
A prestigious grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD enabled her to build her unique video blog, “Speaking of Music.” She is also doubly talented as an accomplished jazz pianist, performing regularly with her own classical/jazz chamber ensemble, SONOS.
Photo: Joe Furgal