January 19, 2020 at 11:15

Rachel Podger (violin) and Chris Glynn (piano) performing:

  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata no 1 in D major, op 12 no 1
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata no 6 in A major, op 30 no 1
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata no 10 in G major, op 96 (“The Cockcrow”)

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Introducing the performers…

Rachel Podger (violin)

Over the last two decades Rachel Podger has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical periods and has recently been described as “the queen of the baroque violin” (Sunday Times). In October 2015 Rachel was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize. 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.

Rachel has enjoyed countless collaborations as director and soloist with orchestras all over the world. Highlights include Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), The Academy of Ancient Music, The European Union Baroque Orchestra, Holland Baroque Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik (Toronto), The Palladian Ensemble, Florilegium, The English Concert and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Rachel has also collaborated, toured and recorded extensively with fortepianist Gary Cooper. She is resident artist at Kings Place for their 2016 season titled Baroque Unwrapped.

Rachel records exclusively for Channel Classics and has won numerous awards including a Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award for La Stravaganza (2003), the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for her recording of the La Cetra Vivaldi concertos with Holland Baroque (2012), a BBC Music Magazine award in the instrumental category for Guardian Angel (2014), and multiple Diapasons d’Or. The complete Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico concertos was released in 2015 with her own ensemble Brecon Baroque and has received critical acclaim, winning the concerto category of BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016. In Autumn 2015 celebrations for Rachel’s twenty-fifth disc release, Rosary Sonatas: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, coincided with Channel Classics twenty-fifth anniversary.

Rachel is founder and Artistic Director of the Brecon Baroque Festival, an annual four-day event bringing top-flight period musicians to the Brecon Beacons. She is an honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music, where she holds the Micaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin (founded in 2008), and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin.

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Chris Glynn (piano)

Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist. He is also artistic director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

Described by The Times as having “beauties and insights aplenty” and praised in Gramophone for his “breathtaking sensitivity”, Chris performs with many leading artists. He has partnered singers including Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Benjamin Appl, Mary Bevan, Sophie Bevan, Claire Booth, Ian Bostridge, Susan Bullock, Allan Clayton, Dame Sarah Connolly, Sophie Daneman, Joshua Ellicott, Bernarda Fink, Michael George, Kishani Jayasinghe, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Christiane Karg, Jonas Kaufmann, Yvonne Kenny, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Rowan Pierce, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Kathryn Rudge, Toby Spence, Nicky Spence, Michael Spyres, Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Robin Tritschler, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams, Elizabeth Watts and many others.

Chris has also performed with many instrumentalists, including Rachel Podger, Julian Bliss, Andrej Bielow, Adrian Brendel, Nicholas Daniel, Matthew Gee, Daniel Hope, Steven Isserlis and Adam Walker; with ensembles including the Elias, Heath and Albion Quartets, London Winds, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra; and with choirs including The Sixteen.

A regular artist at Wigmore Hall, Chris also performs in major concert venues and festivals throughout Europe, appearing at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Aldeburgh, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder and Edinburgh festivals, and touring throughout Europe and to USA, Japan, China, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia and Canada. He has made many CD recordings and is often heard on BBC Radio 3.

Chris was born in Leicester and read music at New College, Oxford, before studying piano with John Streets in France and Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music. His many awards include the accompaniment prize in the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier competition, the 2003 Gerald Moore award and the 2002 Geoffrey Parsons award.

An interest in bringing classical song to a wider audience recently led Chris to commission Jeremy Sams to create new English translations of Schubert’s song cycles. The Fair Maid of the Mill, Winter Journey and Swansong have been performed widely and recorded for Signum Records. (“There’s no faulting Glynn’s detailed, sensitive piano-playing…” – Gramophone.) Chris and Jeremy have also collaborated to make a new staged version of Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook. (“An utterly and unexpectedly disarming performance…” – The Times *****.)

Chris enjoys working with young musicians and is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music. He is also a course leader for the Samling Institute and Britten-Pears Young Artist programme, an adjudicator for many international competitions. Away from the piano, Chris is President of Chiltern Arts and a Vice-President of Music in Hospitals and Care.

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