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Born on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1990, Rachel Shaw started learning the horn when she was 14 years of age. Holding a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University learning under Peter Luff, Rachel has also studied with Andrew Bain and Ben Jacks at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Before joining the MSO Rachel held the position of Tutti Horn in Orchestra Victoria. She has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Queensland, Tasmania and New Zealand, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Rachel was a finalist in the International Horn Symposium Solo Horn Competition (2010), won the Most Outstanding Academic Brass Student at the Queensland Conservatorium (2010) and was the winner of the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition as a part of the Arcadia Quintet, of which she is a founding member.

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