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Legends of Reed

Season 2 Episode 5 Rachel Bullen


Rachel Bullen studied with  Emanuel Abbühl and François Leleux in Europe after her initial studies in Melbourne. Rachel performed as an orchestral musician in Europe in many orchestras including the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra, and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and has toured as a soloist in many European countries and she was a full-time chamber musician from 2010 - 2016 with Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark. In 2016, Rachel returned to Australia permanently and played as guest principal oboe with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and acting principal with Adelaide Symphony for most of 2019. 

Currently, Rachel teaches at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and performs as a freelancer.

We discuss interesting her musical influences and musical journey from Melbourne to Europe and interesting topics such as the importance of playing as natural and effortless as possible,  the importance of students the freedom to teach themselves, her most memorable chamber concert experience,  the psychology behind peak performance, dealing with performance anxiety and overcoming professional setbacks that may arise while working as a foreign musician in Europe.

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by Jo Anne Sukumaran