Rachel Factor

Lecturer in Harpsichord

Rachel Factor has always had an affinity with Baroque music and the harpsichord but it was not until she began her BA Performance studies as a pianist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music that she was introduced to the instrument.  Her initial studies were with Gillian Smith and then later with Dr David Adams. As a student at The Royal Irish Academy of Music she received numerous scholarships for harpsichord tuition and performed as soloist with The Academy Chamber Orchestra on two occasions.  Following this Rachel received tutelage from many highly esteemed artists such as Carole Cerasi, Laurence Cummings, Malcom Proud, Christof Rousset in masterclasses.

Rachel has since established herself as a soloist and chamber musician based in Dublin. She has performed with many of Ireland's leading ensembles including The Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra Collaboration Projects, The Orchestra of St Cecilia. As a member of the period instrument group Trio Quattro she has held engagements at The Handel Festival Dublin and The Ardee Baroque Festival.  She has also performed concerts recorded and broadcast by RTE Lyric FM.

Rachel has a keen interest in contemporary music and has performed and toured with The Irish Composers’ Collective and The Crash Ensemble (most recently at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival). She has premiered works by many emerging contemporary composers in Ireland.

Rachel, alongside Trio Quattro recorded and premiered a work ‘Hiccup’ by Elaine Agnew 2008 as part of RTE Lyric FM’s contribution to the European Broadcasting Union’s project ‘Handel’s New Clothes’.  Other recordings and broadcasts include ‘We Saw Heaven’ by Ken McHugh 2010 and online broadcast ‘Interminable Delirium’ by Sean Read  2010.

Rachel performed her London solo debut in June 2013 to much success and holds further concert dates in London in 2014.