21 year-old cellist, Rachael Lemna, has captivated audiences worldwide with her mature musicianship and elegant artistry.
As a Bachelor of Cello Performance and Music Theory candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Lemna was named the Gold Medal Winner of the Collegiate Division of the Cleveland Cello Society Competition in 2015. Ms. Lemna has also received honorable marks in numerous competitions, including the Heida Hermanns International String Competition and the Founders Division of the Mondavi Mational Young Artists Competition. Ms. Lemna was a recipient of the Marine Corps’ “Semper Fidelis” Award for Musical Excellence in 2013 and was presented the award by an active marine. In addition to solo training, intensive quartet study at the Cleveland Institute of Music lead Ms. Lemna to be invited as a member of the fellowship quartet at the Brevard Music Festival during the summer of 2015.
Ms. Lemna has attended multiple music festivals including the Heifetz International Music Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the inaugural Sitka Cello Seminar, and Meadowmount School of Music. She has had the honor to perform in master classes for notable musicians such as Zuill Bailey, Amy Barston, Andrew Jennings, Peter Salaff, Wendy Warner, Donald Weilerstein, as well as members of the Cleveland Quartet, Cavani Quartet, and prestigious symphony orchestras.
A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Ms. Lemna began her cello studies at the age of 4 through the Community School of the Arts program at Wheaton College. Her past teachers have included Catherine Kuna and Carol Ourada. Ms. Lemna plays a 1989 Lawrence Furse cello and attends the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio where she studies cello performance under Dr. Melissa Kraut and Suzuki pedagogy under Ms. Pamela Devenport. Ms. Lemna also serves as an active Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Music Theory tutor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.