Rachel Nolan

Rachel Nolan


Ireland    Age:22

O. Messiaen
Le Merle Noir

S. Prokofiev
Flute Sonata, Op.94, 1st Mvmt

C. P. E. Bach
Flute Sonata in A minor, 1st & 2nd Mvmt

Rachel began studying flute at Leeson Park School of Music in Rathmines with Gráinne De hÓra. She received first-class honours and a gold medal in her Bachelor of Music Education in Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music studying flute with Ríona O’Duinnín and William Dowdall

After her Bachelors, she was an 1848 Scholar student studying flute as a part of the Recital Artist Diploma in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is now studying for a Masters in Flute Performance in Utrecht’s Conservatorium.

Rachel made her concerto solo debut in 2019playing Concertino by Chaminade with the Dublin Youth Symphony Orchestra in the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan and has since performed the Reinecke Flute Concerto as concerto soloist with the Trinity College Orchestra and Nielsens Flute Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland She was the Feis Ceoil Senior Flute Cup winner in 2019 and the McCullough Cup & RTÉ lyric fm €1,500 award winner in 2021, which allowed her to compete for the RDS Bursary award.

In 2020, Rachel was invited to perform in a St. Bridget’s day festival in the Liszt Academy, Budapest. She has been a member of The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, The Dublin Youth Orchestra, RIAM Philharmonia, Esker Festival Orchestra, Sinfonua, The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and Trinity Orchestra. She was awarded a place in the RIAM Philharmonia side-by-side with Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas, and with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

In 2020, Rachel was invited to take part in the Camerata Ireland Academy Masterclasses with Michel Lethiec. Shehas played in masterclasses with many well-known flute and piccolo players such as Sir James Galway, Michael Cox, Fiona Kelly and Patricia Morris. Rachel is also a keen Chamber musician, playing regularly with flute and recorder duo, Sióga.