Rebecca Firth was born in London where she received her first cello and piano lessons and went on to enjoy a rich musical education, already performing a large repertoire of symphonic and chamber music as a teenager.
She is a graduate of The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where she studied with Donald Mc Call. Winning a Swiss Government scholarship enabled her to continue her studies with Thomas Demenga in Basel. Other major influences were Ralph Kirschbaum, William Pleeth, Alexander Bailey and Steven Isserlis.
Her cellistic career began as a freelance player, performing with several major british orchestras and chamber groups, including the BBC Philharmonic orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Northern Sinfonia and continued in Switzerland with Zürich Camerata, Basel Chamber Orchetra, two decades with the orchestra of the Zürich Opera house and as Principal Cellist of the Montreaux Festival Orchestra, in addition to being a highly sought after chamber musician, performing in ensembles from Duo to Octet. She is a member of the Aulos Quartet in Zürich.
Rebecca has enjoyed musical collaborations with The Hilliard Ensemble, Gavin Bryars, Giya Kancheli and Arvo Pärt, recording with ECM.
Already as a student in Manchester, Rebecca had her first teaching position on the Faculty of the Junior College of the Royal Northern College of Music and since 1995 has had a class at the Zürich Conservatory. Teaching the cello is her greatest passion and she has become one of the most successful teachers for precollege students in Switzerland.
Her students have won numerous prizes nationally and several have gone on to successful and extensive careers.