Rachel Nesvig


Rachel Nesvig is an active freelance violinist and teacher in the Seattle area. She has built a career around her love of music, performance, teaching, and Scandinavian tradition. She earned her BA in Music and Norwegian from St. Olaf College in 2007, followed by a master’s degree in Violin Performance and K-12 Teaching Certificate from Central Washington University in 2011. Rachel completed additional studies in both classical and jazz violin at the Music Conservatory of the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Currently, she plays with NOCCO, Symphony Tacoma, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Yakima Symphony, and several other local ensembles. Rachel’s chamber music credits include her work with Puget Sound Strings, Sonic Quartet, and Arcobaleno Strings. She also performs internationally, playing classical, pop, and folk music in places like Norway, South Korea, and Kenya.

An active recording artist, Rachel plays for Seattle Music Inc., in addition to recording tracks for local bands, composers, international movies, and video games. She has collaborated through performance or studio work with artists such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, D.R.A.M., Andrew Joslyn, Father John Misty, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Sir Mix A Lot, Big Star, Victoria Contreras, Evanescence, Chaos and the Cosmos, Pandamonium, Tyler Edwards, Naomi Judd, Chris Botti, and Cirque Musique.