“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of Baroque and Classical music. Podger 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. She performs an all-Bach solo program in the perfect setting for it, Caramoor’s Music Room.
J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in G major, BWV 1009
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical. 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 the Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, Podger is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. She is Patron for The Continuo Foundation and an Ambassador for the Learned Society of Wales.
Following her residency at the renowned Wigmore Hall, Podger continues to widen the breadth of her artistry collaborating with orchestras and ensembles worldwide including most recently the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Philharmonia Baroque. Upcoming engagements include Tafelmusik, Salamanca Baroque, Luthers Bach Ensemble, Handel and Haydn Society, Montana Baroque, Tesserae Baroque, Library of Congress, and a residency in 2023-24. Alongside these, as a director and soloist, Podger has worked with many other collaborators including VOCES8, Robert Hollingworth & I Fagiolini, Robert Levin, Jordon Savall, Christopher Glynn, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Masaaki Suzuki, Armonico Consort, Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, San Francisco Early Music, Holland Baroque Society, and Oregon Bach Festival.
Upcoming recording releases on Channel Classics include CPE Bach with Kristian Bezuidenhout and The Goldberg Variations Re-imagined, a new arrangement by Chad Kelly with Brecon Baroque. Recent releases include Tutta Sola, solo repertoire featuring JS Bach, Johann Paul von Westhoff, Johan Helmich Roman, Geminiani and Vilsmayr, and with Christopher Glynn the world premiere of three previously unfinished Mozart sonatas which were completed by Royal Academy of Music Professor Timothy Jones and Beethoven Sonatas 1, 5, and 10. Past releases include Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni with Brecon Baroque and Bach Cello Suites transposed for the violin.
A dedicated educator, Podger holds the Micaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin (founded in 2008) at the Royal Academy of Music and the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has a relationship with The Juilliard School in New York where she visits regularly. Rachel Podger is managed worldwide by Percius.
To learn more about Rachel Podger, please visit her website.
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