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Rachel Galinne was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and she came to Israel in 1975. She studied Musicology at the Stockholm University and received her B.A. degree from the Uppsala University with Semitic languages, Hebraistic line in 1974. She completed her first and second degree in composition at the Rubin Academy of Music, University of Tel Aviv as a student of Prof. Leon Schidlowsky, (1984 and 1988 respectively). In 1980 she participated in a composition course led by Witold Lutoslawski in France, and in 1984 she studied at the Darmstadt Seminar. Her works have been widely performed in Israel, Sweden, Germany and the USA by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gary Bertini, Theodor Guschlbauer etc. Her works are regularly broadcasted on the Voice of Music, Israel, and the Swedish Radio. In 1994 Galinne received the Prime Minister’s Award for Composers, and in the same year she received the ACUM Prize. The first CD with works by Galinne was issued in 1999. During the latest years Galinne’s music has been widely performed in Germany, and in 2003 a concert dedicated solely to chamber music by Galinne was held in Mainz. Her second CD, "Rachel Galinne: Prisms" was published in 2004, featuring a live recording of two concerts with works by Galinne held in March 2004 in Tel Aviv and Haifa, sponsored by the "Pro Musica Viva, Maria Strecker-Daelen Stiftung", Mainz, and other sources from Germany.