Rachel Podger

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About Rachel Podger

Baroque violinist Rachel Podger has combined specialist knowledge with an accessible public persona, collaborating with many historical-performance groups. In the 21st century, she has also emerged as an important educator. In 1995, Podger made her recording debut, appearing with an ensemble of up-and-comers in an album featuring Purcell's Sonatas in three parts. In 1999, she made an ambitious solo recording debut, issuing Bach's complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin on two CDs. Podger founded Brecon Baroque, specializing in the music of Bach and his contemporaries, in 2007. The 2010s brought her prestigious honors, including the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in 2015 and Gramophone Artist of the Year for 2018. That year, she released a recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos with the ensemble Brecon Baroque. In 2022, Podger returned with fortepianist Christopher Glynn, issuing an album of Beethoven violin sonatas.


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