Jung-Hsuan (Rachel) Ko, a native of Taiwan, joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2023. Prior to joining the orchestra, she served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has toured with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in European cities under the baton of Maestro Ivan Fisher. Her performances have taken her to renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall in Japan, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Ko is a top prize winner of the International Johannes Brahms Competition
in Austria. She has appeared as a soloist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the Newart Symphony Orchestra. As an enthusiast for chamber music, Ms. Ko frequently participates in ensemble projects collaborating with musicians from the New Asia Chamber Music Society, as
well as performing with the Taiwan Connection Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Ko has served as co-principal cellist in many summer festivals including the Verbier Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Music Festival and School. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and her Graduate Diploma degree from the New England Conservatory. Her teachers include Marion Feldman, Alan Stepansky, Timothy Eddy, and Laurence Lesser.