Celebrated American pianist Robin McCabe has established herself as one of America’s most communicative and persuasive artists. McCabe’s involvement and musical sensibilities have delighted audiences across the United States, Europe, Canada and in seven concert tours of the Far East. The United States Department of State sponsored her two South American tours, which were triumphs both artistically and diplomatically.
McCabe, earned her bachelor of music degree summa cum laude at the University of Washington School of Music, where she studied with Béla Siki, and her master’s and doctorate degrees at the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied with Rudolf Firkusny. She joined the Juilliard faculty in 1978 then returned to the UW in 1987 to accept a position on the piano faculty. In 1994 McCabe was appointed Director of the School of Music, a position she held until 2009. She has held a Ruth Sutton Waters Professorship and a Donald Petersen Professorship in the School of Music. In addition, McCabe is a dedicated arts ambassador and advocate for arts audience development, frequently addressing arts organizations across the country. With colleague Craig Sheppard, she has launched the highly successful Seattle Piano Institute, an intense summer “immersion experience” for gifted and aspiring classical pianists.
Rachelle McCabe is the Artistic Director of Corvallis-OSU Piano International. She enjoys an international career as a concert pianist and artist teacher, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, and in China, Canada, Southeast Asia, France, and England. She has held teaching residencies in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and British Columbia.
Rachelle McCabe is a professor of Music at Oregon State University. She directs numerous educational programs at Oregon State, including frequent master classes with world-renowned pianists, the OSU Chamber Music Workshop, and the OSU Summer Piano Institute.
Rachelle holds a doctorate (DMA) from The University of Michigan, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Washington. Her teachers were Willard Schultz, Béla Siki, Ania Dorfmann, Gyorgy Sandor, and Theodore Lettvin.
Rachelle enjoys a long-time duo-piano partnership with her sister Robin McCabe. In 2018, the duo performed recitals and taught at four leading music conservatories in Beijing.