Rachel LaFond

Rachel LaFond

Austin, Texas

Rachel LaFond is a composer and pianist who recently relocated to Austin, Texas from Auckland, New Zealand. She has just finished her epic project The 52, in which she released new music and custom artwork every week for a year. While readjusting to American life after five years abroad, she is currently working on a contribution to a major international project to be released in early 2021.

Rachel’s music combines a technically proficient approach to composition with an instinctive ability to draw in the listener and convey profound emotion. Her music has been described as captivating, soulful, and deeply personal. Rachel’s two primary influences are Ludovico Einaudi and David Lanz. With a strong musical foundation, a “DIY” attitude, and a zest for adventure, Rachel is forging her own path as a composer and recording artist.

Rachel has experienced all sides of the piano: she’s the daughter of a piano teacher, a former piano teacher herself, and has had classical training in Vienna and at the University of Washington. She created and released her debut album Wandering Soul in 2017, inspired by a year spent backpacking around the world. She composed her next two albums and The 52 while living as an expat in New Zealand. In addition to releasing new music, Rachel relishes touring and live performance. Past performances have ranged from playing on the main stage of a cruise ship (Audiosyncracy at Sea 2019)  to inviting the public into her home for a more intimate concert – the best seat in the house is underneath her Yamaha C7!

Aside from her solo piano compositions, Rachel has composed and released multi-instrument pieces, a multi-movement composition, produced music, cover songs, and improvisations. Rachel has a passion for creating her own distinctive artwork to help capture the essence of each piece. She also enjoys partnering with other artists on musical collaborations, videos, and other projects.

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