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Rachele Torres

Rachele Torres, violin

Violinist Rachele Torres has played numerous concerts throughout the United States and abroad. Celebrated for her passionate and “fiery” performances, she is a frequent concert artist throughout the United States and Canada.


At the age of 5, Rachele began her violin studies at the Peabody Preparatory of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD. Since then, she has received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Violin Performance as a Linehan Artist Scholar at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Additionally, she received a Master’s Degree with honors in Violin Performance from The Boston Conservatory. Rachele also studied at many prestigious institutions including the Meadowmount School of Music where she studied with Sally Thomas. Her main teachers include Lynn Chang, Dr. Airi Yoshioka, and Barbara Schneider. She has also worked and performed with Almita and Roman Vamos, Rachel Barton Pine, Mark O’Connor, and Yo-Yo Ma.


In addition to being a section violin member of the West Michigan Symphony and often playing with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Rachele has played in numerous ensembles including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra (where she was a featured soloist), Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UMBC Symphony Orchestra where she was Concertmaster.


As an avid chamber musician, Rachele was one of the founding members of the Edwin Trio and currently enjoys playing chamber music and collaborating with numerous colleagues. As an educator, Rachele has over 10 years of teaching experience and has taught for many programs including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids Program and presently is a violin faculty member of Peabody Preparatory’s Allegro Strings Summer Program.


Currently, Rachele resides in Michigan with her husband, Gerald Torres (Grand Rapids Symphony double bassist), and daughter Gabrielle where she maintains a home studio of over 30 students. In her free time, Rachele enjoys cycling, and knitting.