Lead Violinist

Inspired by her Norwegian roots, Rachel 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, also using the opportunity to polish her Norwegian language skills. Although violin is her main jam, Rachel is an avid Hardanger Fiddler (the national folk instrument of Norway), an aspiring violist, an enthusiastic conductor, and a novice improv actor!  Rachel’s love of playing music includes her dedication to teaching. She absolutely loves coaching summer camps such as the Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive, Icicle Creek Summer Symphony, and Pipestone Music Camp. Always inspired to wear many different hats, she also conducts the West Seattle Community Orchestras’ Debut Symphony. The group is a fun, full orchestra that consists of players of all ages (youngest age 8 and oldest 80!) who have 1-3 years of experience playing their instruments.

Rachel Nesvig performs as lead violinist in The Rumba Kings' live shows, and is featured in several of the band's quarantine videos, live videos, and studio recordings. 

"The band really enjoys working with Rachel, whether in the studio or at live shows.  She's an extremely talented musician, a true artist. As a producer and engineer, its a great experience working with Rachel, she's the definition of the consummate professional.

- Johnny Bacolas

Rachel Nesvig's official website

Rachel Nesvig performing Pantelis Pantelidis' hit song, "Eha Kapote Mia Agapi," live with
​The Rumba Kings, "

Rachel Nesvig performing, "Recuredo Apasionado,"
with The Rumba Kings

Rachel Nesvig performing Pantelis Pantelidis' hit song, "Eha Kapote Mia Agapi,"
with The Rumba Kings