Rachel Podger

the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin

The Times

there is probably no more inspirational musician working today


intoxicating combination of power and grace

Toronto Star (with Tafelmusik)

Rachel Podger

Baroque violin / Director

Rachel Podger, “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin” (The Times), has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015 and is the 2018 Gramophone Artist of the Year. A creative programmer she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

A significant birthday year for Rachel, 2018 features the highly anticipated release of Vivaldi Le Quattro Stagioni on Channel Classics, performances of A Guardian Angel, an exciting and innovative collaboration with world-renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8, and a CPE Bach concert collaboration with Kristian Bezuidenhout

Following on from her debut solo performance in Japan, further treats in 2019 include performances of Vivaldi Four Seasons and Bach Dynasty with Brecon Baroque, an East Asia tour with the Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment, the CD release and Netherlands tour of Bach solo Cello Suites transposed for violin, and performances of Beethoven sonatas in 2020.

Rachel Podger performs Bach solo cello suite on violin at Gramophone Awards 2018:

Rachel Podger performs Biber: Rosary Sonata nr. 16 Passacaglia 'Guardian Angel':

Rachel has won numerous awards including two Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Awards for La Stravaganza (2003) and Biber Rosary Sonatas (2016), the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for her recording of the La Cetra Vivaldi concertos (2012), two BBC Music Magazine awards in the instrumental category for Guardian Angel (2014) and the concerto category for the complete Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico concertos (2016).

Rachel is a dedicated educator and holds an honorary position at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She also has a relationship with The Juilliard School in New York.

This biography is for information only, and should not be re-printed. Please use the link below to download the version for concert programmes.

Download 2018-19 Biography (.docx)

Download 2018-19 Publicity Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Theresa Pewal

Download 2018-19 Publicity Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Theresa Pewal