Rachel Golub is a violinist, vocalist, string arranger and session artist of many colors and sounds, performing with artists ranging from David Byrne, Elliott Sharp, Damon Albarn and Bruce Springsteen to Iggy Pop, Florence + The Machine, Achinoam Nini and Suzanne Vega.
As an arranger and session artist, she can be heard on recordings with Frank Ocean (Wise Man), James Taylor, Goldspot, Zayn Malik (It's You), Chromeo (Fall Back 2 U), The Walkmen (Lisbon), Philip Phillips (Gone, Gone,Gone), Ryuchi Sakamoto, Roger Waters, Ute Lemper, Lucy Woodward and many, many others. As her alter-ego, Go-Ray, she released 'The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Duke’ on Yoga Organix, and also produced 'Mozart: The Yoga Sessions'.
After receiving her BA in Classics from Yale, she studied violin with Lorand Fenyves, and also became a disciple of Indian classical music with sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez.
Rachel plays with the Metropolitan Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New Jersey Symphony and other symphonic engagements ranging from Star Wars in Concert and Jay-Z's orchestra to Pierre Hughye’s Antarctic Orchestra for the journey that wasn't.
Current projects include Amayo's FU Arkist-RA, Alex Skolnick's Planetary Coalition, Classical Tahoe, and the Liminophone. Her project Go-Ray & Duke, featured in Yoga Journal, was lauded as "simply hypnotic".
Before a long run with Matilda on Broadway, Rachel was also the concertmaster and soloist for a national tour of Fiddler on the Roof, prompting the release of her Judaica album, 'Songs from my Soul', and also appeared with Kinky Boots and Hamilton at the Public.
She is featured on White Swan, EMI and Chesky Records, and in many films and shows, including Music & Lyrics and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Rachel is an avid distance-swimmer known for two major Patagonian swims: the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel. She has also circumnavigated Manhattan. These days, mostly, you can find her swimming year-round in south Brooklyn, never in more than a bikini, cap, and goggles.
photo of RG above: anjali bhargava
photo: derek beres