Rachel Podger awarded Bach Prize

-Posted on 12.02.2015

The distinguished violinist and pedagogue Rachel Podger has been announced as the 2015 winner of the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize, supported by the Kohn Foundation.

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. Her award-winning discography ranges from early 17th-century music to Mozart. Rachel Podger is Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music and is a regular leader of the celebrated Royal Academy of Music/ Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, described in The Times as ‘The perfect Sunday lunch for any Bach lover’.
The prize will be presented at a recital in the Academy’s Duke’s Hall on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at 7.00pm, in which Rachel will be joined by her duo partner Kristian Bezuidenhout along with Academy students.
The Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize, supported by the Kohn Foundation, is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the performance and/or scholarly study of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Rachel Podger becomes the tenth winner of the prize, which was established by the Kohn Foundation and is worth £10,000. Previous winners have been Professor Christoph Wolff, András Schiff, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Peter Schreier, Professor John Butt, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Masaaki Suzuki, Murray Perahia and Ton Koopman, who will be presented with his award in 2016 when he visits the Academy to conduct a performance in the Bach Cantata Series.


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