Rachel Capon is an innovative and boundary-pushing multi-genre cellist. It is within Rachel’s desire to be a lifelong student of the cello and music that has set her apart from many others. Her ability to adapt and engage in new musical settings is what has made her one of Canada’s most exciting cellists. Her versatility has made her an active session musician working on projects from hip-hop, Cuban, jazz, folk, country, bluegrass, and classical.
A native of Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, Rachel is based in Victoria, BC. At the University of Victoria, studying with cellists Pamela Highbaugh, Aloni & Paula Kifner, she obtained her Bachelor of Music in 2007. Relocating to Toronto, Rachel pushed her musical territory beyond the classical realm. In 2011 with the guidance of Yo-Yo Ma, Rachel traveled to New York City to study with avant-garde cellist Mike Block. Rachel found herself immersed in North American and World fiddle styles, discovering new territories for her beloved cello. This trajectory has seen Rachel working with artists such as John Reischman, Gary Gjellgaard, The Alchemical Opera Company, Illusion Theatre, Miranda Mulholland, k-os, and Alex Cuba, and now, Pacific Opera Victoria.