Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger
Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods...


RACHEL PODGER Baroque Violin / Director

Instrument: Pesarinius Genoa, 1739

Rachel Podger is one of the most creative talents to emerge in the field of period performance. Over the last two decades she has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods and holds numerous award-winning recordings to her name ranging from early seventeenth century music to Mozart and Haydn. She was educated in Germany and in England at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti.

After beginnings with The Palladian Ensemble and Florilegium, she was leader of The English Concert from 1997 to 2002. In 2004 Rachel began a guest directorship with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, touring Europe and the USA. A highlight of this collaboration was a televised concert at the BBC Proms in 2007. In 2009 she recorded Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the OAE and violist Pavlo Beznosiuk, together with 2 Haydn Violin concertos.

Over the years Rachel has enjoyed numerous collaborations as guest director and soloist with orchestras all over the world; highlights include Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe Pro Musica (USA), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union Baroque Orchestra, Holland Baroque Society and the Handel and Haydn Society (USA). Further international collaborations have seen Rachel guest direct with Arion (Montreal) and Tafelmusik (Toronto) and curate a Bach festival in Tokyo; in 2013 she toured with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, performed at the Radio France International Festival in Montpellier, and gave numerous recitals in Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Poland, and at the Göttingen Handel Festival in Germany. During 2014, Rachel performed at the Izmir Festival in Turkey, and the Spitalfields Festival, London, and appeared in concert with Camerata Bern (Switzerland).

Rachel has given several solo recitals at King’s Place in London, and at King's College Chapel, in Cambridge, and in 2014 also performed at the Wigmore Hall and the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Rachel has also collaborated and toured extensively with fortepianist Gary Cooper, with whom she has won Gramophone Editor’s choice and Diapason d’Or awards for their recording of the complete Mozart Sonatas.

Rachel records exclusively for Channel Classics and has won numerous prestigious awards, including Diapasons d’Or (Telemann’s Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin; Vivaldi’s 12 violin concertos, La Stravaganza) and a Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award for La Stravaganza in 2003. Additionally, her highly acclaimed interpretations of J.S.Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin and his Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (with Trevor Pinnock) were both awarded first place by the BBC's "Building a Library" programme. In 2012 Rachel won the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for her recording of the La Cetra Vivaldi concertos with Holland Baroque and in 2014 she won a BBC Music Magazine award in the instrumental category for Guardian Angel, a solo disc of Biber, Bach, Pisendel and Tartini, Rachel’s latest release is Perla Barocca, a disc of 17th-century Italian violin music with harpsichordist Marcin Świątkiewicz and lutenist Daniele Caminiti.

Rachel directs her own ensemble, Brecon Baroque, with whom she frequently records. With Brecon Baroque she released Bach's Violin Concertos in October 2010 to outstanding reviews, and her recording of Bach's Double and Triple Concertos that followed in May 2013 has received widespread critical acclaim, including being nominated CD of the week for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, HR2 Kultur (Germany) and WQXR (New York). Rachel’s next disc with Brecon Baroque will be a complete recording of Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico concertos, to be released in Spring 2015.

Rachel is 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. Teaching is vital to Rachel’s musical life; she also enjoys teaching at her own annual summer course in Brecon, Wales. Her teaching schedule will soon also include masterclasses at the Juilliard School. Rachel is also Artistic Director of her own festival, the Brecon Baroque Festival, an annual four-day event, created in 2006, bringing top-flight period musicians to the Brecon Beacons. In February 2015 Rachel was awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize.

Future engagements include international tours with the Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard415 orchestras under Masaaki Suzuki, Guardian Angel recitals across Europe, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Concerto Italiano, and Bach with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Rachel Podger is managed worldwide by Percius. www.percius.co.uk



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