The Kennedy Center
Rachel Young

Rachel Young

A National Symphony cellist since 1998, Rachel Young brings a diverse musical background to her work, ranging from an avid engagement in chamber music to a strong interest in new music. She is a member of the Last Stand Quartet and the 21st Century Consort. Prior to joining the Symphony, Ms. Young was principal cellist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. She has performed with many groups, including the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, the Embassy Series, the Washington Music Ensemble, and the Contemporary Music Forum. She has appeared on WGMS and WGBH radio broadcasts, at the Garth Newel Music Center, the Odeon Chamber Series, Strathmore Mansion, the John F. Kennedy Center and at the White House.

Ms. Young has made solo appearances with the National Philharmonic, the Columbia Orchestra, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute. Her discography includes performances with the 21st Century Consort and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Young also enjoys venturing into new arenas, collaborating with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, movie producer Bill McKenna, songwriter Randy Barrett, and saxophonist Al Regni.

Ms. Young was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She began studying music at the age of four, and quickly knew she wanted to become a cellist. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Laurence Lesser, and her master’s degree in cello performance with Stephen Kates at the Peabody Conservatory. She was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and attended the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in England where she studied with William Pleeth. Young now teaches a small studio of cellists and serves on the board of the Kindler Cello Society and the 21st Century Consort.

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210