Rachel Podger


Historical Performance - Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin

One of the biggest names in Baroque violin; in demand as a soloist and guest leader

Leads and directs the Academy Baroque Soloists in concerts and tours

Founder of the virtuosic ensemble Brecon Baroque; Artistic Director of her Brecon Baroque Festival

Rachel 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 recordings to her name ranging from early 17th century music to Mozart. 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.

Over the years Rachel has enjoyed numerous collaborations with orchestras all over the world; projects special to her have been those with Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Musica Angelica and Santa Fe Pro Musica (USA), the Academy of Ancient Music, the European Union Baroque Orchestra and the Holland Baroque Society.

Rachel is the 2015 recipient of the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize, supported by the Kohn Foundation.

In June 2015 Rachel will lead a combined Royal Academy of Music/ Juilliard School orchestra in concerts of Bach, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, at Boston Early Music Festival, Lincoln Center in New York, in Bach’s own St Thomas Church in Leipzig as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival, and in the Academy’s Duke’s Hall.



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