Pianist Rachel Breen received her Bachelor’s degree with Academic Honors from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Julian Martin. Previously, she studied with Dr. Sharon Mann at the San Francisco Conservatory; until age 10, she was self-taught. She is currently enrolled in dual Master’s degrees at the Hannover Hochschule fur Musik and Yale School of Music with—respectively—Lars Vogt and Boris Slutsky, and is based in both Europe and the United States.
Breen has won prizes in the Georges Cziffra International Competition (Senlis, France), the Nuova Coppa Pianisti International Competition (Osimo, Italy), the Livorno International Piano Competition (Tuscany, Italy), The Gallinari International Competition (Bologna, Italy), Premio Melini (Trento, Italy), the Spanish Composers International Competition (Madrid, Spain), the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition (Charleston, SC), the Mondavi National Competition, and the NFMC Young Artists’ Competition, as well as being selected as a National YoungArts Finalist and receiving the 2021 Kurt Alten Prize at HMTMH. This past year, she was chosen a semifinalist in the Beethoven Vienna International Competition, at which she will perform in October of 2021.
Aside from piano, Breen graduated from Miramonte High School (CA), where she received first prize on the National Latin Exam and third prize on the National French Exam.
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