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rachel currea: Bio

Pianist, Rachel Currea, is known for her sensitive, passionate, and graceful style as a soloist, composer, and collaborator. Rachel began composing when she was 19 years old as a way to relax. Shortly after she composed her first few pieces, she suffered a serious auto accident with head trauma. For the next ten years Rachel found it nearly impossible to compose, but continued to perform and teach piano. Her breakthrough in composing again came with learning the art of meditation. Her CD of piano solos, “Inner Sound” is a tribute to this creative and personal breakthrough.

Rachel started performing as a church pianist at age 11, and has since performed in classical recitals as a soloist and collaborative artist in the US, the Middle East, and Europe. The first public performance of Rachel’s compositions was heard in recital in Amman, Jordan in 1993, where the US Ambassador wrote, “Both we and our Jordanian friends were charmed by your lovely performance. I especially appreciated your own composition, “Two Short Pieces”…” During her time in Jordan, Rachel served as a faculty member at the National Music Conservatory, teaching music theory and developing a Music Therapy program for physically disabled children. Rachel was honored with the 1994 Leon Ettinger Award for outstanding Contributions in the Field of Music for her work in Jordan.

A native of Florida, Rachel currently resides in Miami where she composes, collaborates with opera singers, teaches piano, and works as church organist at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. She received both a Bachelor’s and Master degrees in Piano from the University of Miami. This past April 2014, she had the honor of performing in Moscow in a concert featuring her own compositions.  Shortly after her return, she performed at New World Center, Miami Beach with the piano ensemble, "Ten Grands at the Opera".  Her debut CD, “Inner Sound Piano Solos”, is currently being played on such stations as Pandora.com, The Que92.2, Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, Sky.fm, and is available on iTunes.