Cliburn in the Community will be at Benbrook Public Library on Thursday, April 29th. The event starts at 5:30 PM. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this very special event featuring Rachel Li McDonald and Alex McDonald.
ABOUT RACHEL LI MCDONALD
Since her PBS-broadcasted debut chamber performance at Carnegie Hall through From the Top Live from Carnegie, violist Rachel Li McDonald has continued to be an active performer and teacher in both solo, chamber, and orchestra settings throughout North America. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied under Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, and a Master of Music degree from Rice University, where she studied under James Dunham. Rachel previously studied with Diana Ray Goodman, John Hayhurst, and Formosa Quartet violist, Che-Yen Chen. She has performed in masterclasses with a number of prominent violists and chamber ensembles. Rachel currently resides in Plano, Texas with her husband, Alex, and son, Micah.
ABOUT ALEX MCDONALD
Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex McDonald has performed extensively across North America and Asia, both in recital and with orchestra. A participant at the 2013 Cliburn Competition, he has won several competition prizes and fellowships throughout the United States. Alex has taught at Texas Woman’s University, Richland College, and The Juilliard School, and his private students have gone on to study at top conservatories and perform at Carnegie Hall. He was recognized for his accomplishments as an educator with the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award in teaching by the Texas Music Teachers Association. He is also festival director for Basically Beethoven, a thriving summer concert series in Dallas, and has been a regular featured performer for the Cliburn’s education initiatives, Cliburn in the Classroom and Cliburn Kids, for the past 5 years.