Rachel Mugemancuro (age 18) is a violinist and composer from Los Angeles, California. She has played violin for 12 years and has soloed with the Spokane Symphony and the Glendale Youth Orchestra, as well as participated in a season of NYO-USA. Rachel has been a fellow at the LA Philharmonic’s Nancy and Barry Sanders Young Composer Fellowship since 2020, writing for ensembles such as the LA Phil and Hub New Music. Rachel deeply enjoys exploring the connection between music and the natural world, often seeking inspiration from complicated topics in biology and physics. Rachel attends Duke Kunshan University.