Rachel Yonan


Instructor of Music

(919) 660-3300


Praised for her expressive playing and rich evocative tone, violist Rachel Yonan has become a presence in the music world. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls across the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and China; and on National Public Radio and Canadian Public Radio. Her appearances include concerts at Curtis Presents, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Ascoli Piceno Festival (Italy), Bay Chamber Concerts and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

A lover of chamber music, Rachel co-founded the Marinus Ensemble with her brother, cellist Joseph Kuipers. Marinus is a passionate group of artists, dedicated to engaging audiences through interactive performance of great music. Their aim is to allow culture and excellence to reach broader audiences, and to find ways to reduce the distance between the artist on stage and the audience in the hall.

Beyond her own innovative work with Marinus, Rachel has been invited to perform at festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music, Festival Mozaic, and Taos Music Festival. Ms. Yonan has collaborated with such renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Roberto Díaz, Joseph Silverstein, James Dunham and Robert Levin; and worked extensively with Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley and Edgar Meyer.

Rachel serves as the Artistic & Executive Director of the Marinus Ensemble, and teaches in the music department at Duke University. She completed her Diploma in Viola Performance at the Curtis Institute of Music, and graduated from Rice University with a degree in Viola Performance and a concentration in German Literature.