Composer and pianist Emili Rackemann was born in Toowoomba, Queensland in 1982 and started taking piano lessons at age 5 which soon propelled her into the world of piano composition at age eleven.
Perhaps she owes her first impulse towards the piano to her musical ancestors', naming pianist Professor Frederic Rackemann and brother Ludwig of Germany who were renowned for their performances in the United States and Germany during the mid-nineteenth century. In 1839, pianist Ludwig Rackemann was one of the first German pianists to tour America, and in 1842 Ludwig's brother Frederic was also captivating European audiences, playing triple concertos with Felix Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann.
In 2003 Emili finished tertiary studies in classical piano performance at the Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, Australia under the tutelage of Stephen Savage and Korean-born Australian pianist Young-Ah Hauser (former Kim). After a short break in her performing career, Emili moved to Melbourne, Victoria in 2006 where she rekindled her love of composition, setting in motion nine album releases of original classical and contemporary piano music following with performances in Australia, US and the UK; her last overseas performance was at the International Composers' Festival (UK) in 2018.
While Emili is currently working on her upcoming classical album due for release in late 2022, she has also embarked on a series of minimalist piano works in collaboration with independent film-makers for her new project titled Nature Series, an ongoing initiative to help foster ones appreciation of the natural world. Her new contemporary album Meraki was also released in January, 2022.
Currently Emili resides in the Victorian Alpine Region where she continues to compose and teach music, along with arranging for chamber music orchestras in her spare time. Her most recent arrangement of Clara Schumann’s Concerto in A minor was recently premiered by conductor John Storgårds with Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu. She has also arranged for Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (Leipzig) and the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania, and has recently been nominated as a 2021 finalist in Cum Laude Music Awards (Spain). Her music for pedal harp was also recently premiered at this year's International Composers Festival (UK).