The New York Times has written “Miss Rudich plays very beautifully, producing a smooth, silken tone, phrasing with spirited elegance, and operating with a crucial sense of linear continuity that characterizes a polished artist.” She has premiered works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Robert Dick, David Felder, Karl Kohn, Eric Moe, Mel Powell, and Harvey Sollberger.
Ms. Rudich has appeared with The New Music Consort, The Group for Contemporary Music, Speculum Musicae, Parnassus, The Composers Conference Chamber Players, The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and The Fromm Players. She has appeared at the June in Buffalo Festival, the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College, the Lake Placid Institute, the Guggenheim Works and Process Series, the Ojai Festival, the Fromm Contemporary Music Series at Harvard University and The Dartington International Summer School in England. Ms.Rudich currently performs as a solorecitalist throughout the United States.
Known for her performances of compositions in the contemporary repertoire, especially those for flute and electronics, Ms.Rudich has also received recognition for her intermedia performances as flutist and dancer. Her awards include First Prize in the Kreauter Musical Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chamber Music, the Artists International Award which led to her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, and appointment to the roster of Affiliate Artists.
She has received recording grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. She can be heard on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Composers Recordings Inc., Electronic Music Foundation, Koch International Classics, Mode, Music and Arts Programs of America, Musicmasters, Neuma, Newport Classic, New World, Opus One, Perspectives of New Music, and Sony Classical. Ms. Rudich is currently working on a double CD of Karl Kohn’s complete solo and chamber works for flute.
Ms. Rudich received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in flute performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Thomas Nyfenger and Harvey Sollberger. She is currently a faculty member at Pomona College, and Professor of Flute at California Institute of the Arts.
As a performer of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, Ms.Rudich has worked with Masakazu Yoshizawa (Los Angeles), Bill Shozan Schultz (Los Angeles), Kaoru Kakizakai (Tokyo), Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (Tokyo), Yodo Kurahashi (Kyoto), and Riley Lee (Australia). She attended and performed at World Shakuhachi Festivals in Sydney, Australia in 2008, Kyoto, Japan in 2012,and London, England in 2018, as well as the Rockies Shakuhachi Camp in Boulder, Colorado in 2009 through 2012, and 2017. After a performance at REDCAT, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times said, “the extended contributions by Rachel Rudich on shakuhachi were at once inventive and atmospheric.” She has been a member of Makoto Taiko, performing taiko drums, and has performed as a guest artist on shakuhachi with the group on multiple occasions in the Los Angeles area. Ms. Rudich teaches shakuhachi workshops and private students, and as part of her 2012 and 2018 sabbaticals from CalArts, she spent several months in Japan for extensive study of and performances on the shakuhachi.
Ms.Rudich is currently available for performances on flute or shakuhachi, as well as remote recording and teaching opportunities anywhere in the world.