Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger (* May 1968 England) is a British violinist.


At the age of eight years, Rachel Podger was born the daughter of an English father and a German mother to Germany. In Kassel, she attended the Waldorf school. Even there, they confronted the rights enshrined in the traditional romantic tradition violin teacher with a counterfeit baroque style feeling that she had eavesdropped her father. At 19, she attended the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. There she studied classical violin, later baroque violin with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti ( 1952-2003 ). On this instrument, she won an excellent reputation.

From 1997 to 2002, Rachel Podger concertmaster in the ensemble led by Trevor Pinnock The English Concert, which she also made ​​numerous appearances as soloist. Since 2004 she regularly plays with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. During her time in London she co-founded by two baroque ensembles, the ensemble Florilegium and The Palladian Ensemble. With the baroque specialists Andrew Manze led next to chamber music and double concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach and Giuseppe Torelli. Concert tours as a soloist, she has performed throughout Europe and America as well as to Korea and Japan; Guest conducting graduated Podger in Poland, the ensemble "Arte dei Suonatori " at " Musica Angelica " in the United States and the Ensemble " Santa Fe Pro Musica ".

Since 1995, Rachel Podger professor is at her former training center in London, and in September 2008 she took over the newly founded " Micaela Comberti Chair " for baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music. She was a guest lecturer for baroque violin at the University of the Arts Bremen and regularly holds master classes from, such as at the Summer Academy in Innsbruck.

Rachel Podger performs on a violin by Pesarini from 1739. Since 2009 it also plays on the Stradivari " Crespi " (1699 ), which was on loan left her by the Royal Academy of Music. The instrument has a modern narrower neck, but a re - Baroque style fingerboard.


For their recordings Podger receives numerous awards for many years. With the harpsichordist Gary Cooper has made in the years 2004/2005, a recording of the complete Mozart violin sonatas. The first solo recordings by Rachel Podger, however, appeared in 1999 with the Bach solo sonatas and partitas. 2001 was followed by Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, played by Trevor Pinnock. The Diapason d' Or ( Golden Tuning Fork ) they received for the solo sonatas by Telemann ( 2002). A year later, the twelve violin concertos Op.4 " La Stravaganza " by Vivaldi. In 2010 she played with the set up in her home town of Brecon her ensemble " Brecon Baroque", the violin concertos of Bach a.