Rachel Podger

there is probably no more inspirational musician working today


intoxicating combination of power and grace

Toronto Star (with Tafelmusik)

the queen of the baroque violin

The Sunday Times

Rachel Podger

Baroque violin / Director

"There is probably no more inspirational musician working today than Podger” (Gramophone). Rachel Podger, “the queen of the baroque violin” (Sunday 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. A creative programmer she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. Rachel celebrates a significant birthday in 2018 with a much-anticipated recording of Bach cello suites on violin, a recording of Vivaldi Four Seasons, and an exciting and innovative collaboration with world-renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8, ‘A Guardian Angel’. 

2017 highlights included an international tour with The Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment (Musica Viva, Australia and Europe), a debut at the Edinburgh International Festival with Brecon Baroque, and a collaboration with I Fagiolini for the BBC Proms. Forthcoming engagements include recitals across the world (including her solo debut in Japan), a concert and recording collaboration with Kristian Bezuidenhout, concertos with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC NOW and Västerås Sinfonietta, further tours of A Guardian Angel with VOCES8 and Vivaldi Four Seasons with Brecon Baroque, performances of the Mozart concertos in 2019 and the Beethoven Sonatas in 2020.

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 member of both the Royal Academy of Music, where she holds the Micaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin (founded in 2008), and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin. Rachel also has a developing 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.

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