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 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 has 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 has 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.

    intoxicating combination of power and grace.
    Toronto Star (with Tafelmusik)

    Britain’s finest period violinist
    BBC Music Magazine

  • 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 has 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 has 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.
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    intoxicating combination of power and grace.
    Toronto Star (with Tafelmusik)

    Britain’s finest period violinist
    BBC Music Magazine

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