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, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and Ambassador for REMA's Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

Rachel Podger performs Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G (trans. into D) at the Gramophone Awards 2018:

Following an exciting and innovative new collaboration, A Guardian Angel, with the ‘impeccable’ (Gramophone) vocal ensemble VOCES8, Rachel is thrilled to be one of the Artists in Residence at the renowned Wigmore Hall throughout the 2019/2020 season. The series features Rachel in all-Bach performances as a soloist and with Brecon Baroque. Alongside this, Rachel and Christopher Glynn join forces for the first time in recordings and performances of the Beethoven sonatas and the world premiere recording and performances of three previously unfinished Mozart sonatas, which have been completed by Royal Academy of Music Professor Timothy Jones. Upcoming engagements include a return to Philharmonia Baroque, a collaboration with Academy of Ancient Music, and further performances of Bach Cello Suites and A Guardian Angel.

James MacMillan’s ‘Domine non secundum peccata nostra’ from ‘A Guardian Angel’ with VOCES8

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.

For further projects and for print, please download Rachel's full biography.

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 2020-21 Full Biography (.docx)

Download 2020-21 Publicity Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Theresa Pewal

Download 2020-21 Publicity Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Theresa Pewal

Download 2020-21 Publicity Photo (.jpg) - Credit: Theresa Pewal