Called "splendid," violist Rachyl Duffy burst onto the classical music scene on both coasts in 2015 by taking top prize in both the International Hugo Kauder Competition for Viola and the prestigious Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition in the span of five months. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and North Carolina.
A dedicated chamber musician, Ms. Duffy is in the process of forming a New York-based string quartet. She has also collaborated with such artists as Augustin Hadelich, Scott St. John, James Dunham, Jeffrey Kahane, Atar Arad, and Paul Coletti. Rachyl is passionate about both education and outreach, and has performed and taught at Kneisel Hall and its Program for Maine Students, at Porterville Summer Strings Program for underprivileged youth, and as part of a duo-in-residence at the Bellingham Music Festival. She has served as teaching assistant to Sheila Browne, Gina Coletti, and Shelley Beard.
Rachyl maintains a private studio in New York and enjoys coaching orchestras and chamber groups, and teaching students of all levels and ages. While completing her Master of Music degree with Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she was a Teaching Fellow, Rachyl joined the San Diego Symphony in 2016. Before this, she became the youngest member of the Winston-Salem Symphony in 2012 while completing her Bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Sheila Browne on full scholarship. Rachyl plays on a 2002 viola by Robert W. McCluskie.