Rachael Elliott, bassoon
Hailed as “one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene” (WQXR) and an “intrepid bassoonist” (Time Out New York), bassoonist Rachael Elliott joined the faculty of the Longy School in 2018, and has previously taught at Duke University, the University of Vermont, and Middlebury College.
Elliott is a founding member of the genre-bending new music group, Clogs, with whom she has recorded five acclaimed albums and appeared throughout the United States, Europe and Australia, sharing the stage with Bang on a Can, Bell Orchestre, The Books, The National, Terry Riley, Sufjan Stevens and Shara Nova, among others.
As an orchestral player, she has served as principal bassoonist and soloist with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra (VT) and the Collegium Musicum in Juelich, Germany. Elliott has performed as a substitute bassoonist (principal and section) on numerous occasions with the Charlotte (NC), Portland (ME), and Vermont Symphony Orchestras.
A proponent of new music, Elliott has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions. Her debut CD, “Polka the Elk,” contains world premiere recordings of bassoon music by David Lang, Padma Newsome and Tawnie Olson. The album was selected as WQXR’s Q2 Album of the Week following its release and has been described as “an engaging, eclectic mix of contemporary music” by Cleveland Classical and “a charismatic exploitation of a chamber group’s nimbleness” by PopMatters.
Elliott holds bassoon performance degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Frank Morelli.