Rachael Beesley is an internationally renowned Australian violinist, director and concertmaster. As a graduate from the VCA University of Melbourne - BA in Music (1989), Grad Dip of Arts in Music (1991) and from The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, NL - Master of Music (1999), Rachael is a versatile violinist and musician who has devoted her life to performing, teaching, and researching and has become one of the world leaders in the field of historically informed performance (HIP). Rachael is a regular member and guest concertmaster of some of Europe's finest ensembles and orchestras. Based in Australia since 2009, Rachael is guest concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera for performances on period instruments. She co-founded the ensemble Ironwood in 2006 and regularly leads the chamber music ensembles Ludovico's Band, Salut! Baroque and Accademia Arcadia. As a highly regarded and much sort after teacher and mentor, Rachael is a lecturer at Sydney, Melbourne Conservatoriums and at Monash University and guest director at the ANAM. In the field of HIP and Practising in Flow, she has been invited to speak at conferences in Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands where she has taught at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague since 2000. Rachael also collaborates with contemporary Australian composers and in 2000 she was awarded an Ian Potter Cultural Trust. She regularly appears in broadcasts for the radio and television and has performed on over 50 CDs.