Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Seattle Baroque Orchestra is a pocket orchestra comprised of leading-edge artists; it breathes new life into early music through innovative performances and uncommon collaborations. With varied musical programs, SBO engages audiences through world-class productions in a variety of local venues. Our one-of-a-kind concert experiences will turn everything you thought you knew about early music on its head, as we take you on musical journeys that explore new repertoire, challenge the limits of what you thought was possible, and find exciting ways to reimagine the classics.
With offerings ranging from smaller intimate pieces to dazzling orchestral works, Wong and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra will transport you back to the Baroque era celebrating J.S. Bach, the Kingdom of Bohemia, and travels to Venice, celebrating virtuosic music written by the Red Priest. Guest artists will join the predominantly Seattle-based baroque performers, creating a harmonious ensemble that audiences have grown to love.
Concertmaster Rachel Ellen Wong
A tidal wave of artistic energy flows from the ensemble’s Concertmaster, Rachell Ellen Wong. A graduate of the Historical Performance Department at the Julliard School and hailing from Lynnwood, WA, Ms. Wong makes this region her home and is excited about her new position with Seattle Baroque Orchestra.
“When you first start learning about the Baroque language, one of the first things you hear are the many “affects” or emotions of the music. Getting to express these emotions on stage, you really feel like a storyteller.”
– Rachell Ellen Wong
American violinist Rachell Ellen Wong has added another role to her growing career: Concertmaster of the one of the most vibrant American early music ensembles, Seattle Baroque Orchestra.
A rising star on both the historical performance and modern violin stages, and a sought-after collaborator, Rachell Ellen Wong has a growing reputation as one of the top historical performers of her generation.
Recipient of a prestigious 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant (the first baroque recipient in the respected program’s history) and Grand Prize winner of the inaugural Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition, Ms. Wong has performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Costa Rica, Panama, China, and New Zealand. She has performed with such respected ensembles as the American Bach Soloists, The Academy of Ancient Music, Bach Collegium Japan, and Les Arts Florissants, among others. Equally accomplished on the modern violin, Ms. Wong made her first public appearance with the Philharmonia Northwest at age 11 and has since performed as a soloist with such orchestras as Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Panama and Seattle Symphony.
Along with her new responsibilities with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Rachell Ellen Wong’s continues her career as a soloist.
Ms. Wong served as a 2019-2020 Mercury Chamber Orchestra Juilliard Fellow, and as an 2019-2020 American Fellow of The English Concert, and as Artist-in-Residence with the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia from 2017-2019.
A native of Seattle, Washington, and a recent graduate, Ms. Wong holds a Masters in Music in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she moved after receiving her Masters in Music from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Music from The University of Texas at Austin. She performs on a baroque violin from the school of Joachim Tielke and a violin made by Carlo de March. www.rachellwong.com