Hong Kong born and raised Soprano Rachel Kwok is now serving as a music minister, performer, and vocal teacher. She is now one of the young artists of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development and Education Programme. She recently received the Espoir Prize in the 19th Osaka International Music Competition, Third place of 2nd World Voice E–Competition 2021, Napolinova, and Third Place of 2021 American Virtuoso International Music Competition; She also appeared in Pulitzer-winning, Asia premier opera Angel’s Bone by Du Yun in New Vision Art Festival 2018.
She obtained the advance diploma in Opera & Vocal Studies in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Madam Ella Kiang. Rachel’s study in HKAPA is generously supported by the Hong Kong Government Scholarship Fund. She holds the Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology of the Hong Kong Baptist University.
She has an extensive repertoire in as a soloist and chorister, from baroque to contemporary music. She has made her debut as soloist with Die Konzertisten, performing John Rutter’s Magnificat. Then she has appeared in various concerts and theatre works. In 2016, she was one of the soloists of Bach im Theater series presented by SingFest Choral Academy, performing a staged version of BWV82a Ich habe Genug, BWV211 Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (also known as Coffee Cantata), BWV213 Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen.
Rachel also made her debut in the Malaysia Bach Festival 2017, singing Mass in B Minor under the Baton of Prof. David Chin and Tokyo in 2018, singing Vivaldi’s Gloria. She also performed Bach’s St John Passion, church cantatas, Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45.
As an opera singer, she performed in opera as Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Gilda (Rigoletto), Queen of the Night (the Magic Flute), and Adina (L’elisir D’amore).