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Rachel Podger returns for a Haydn/Mozart feast

Star violinist Rachel Podger makes her long-awaited return to the Bay Area as she extends beyond the baroque with PBO for the first time! In a program of Haydn and Mozart, Rachel takes audiences on a voyage through the stormy seas of Sturm und Drang. In between the tempestuous Symphony No. 39 of Haydn and the little G minor symphony by Mozart, the prodigy of Salzburg, Podger displays her virtuosity in dazzling violin concertos by each composer, wielding her violin throughout as Mozart or Haydn himself would have in the very first performances.

HAYDN Symphony No. 39 in G minor, Hob. I:39 “Tempesta di Mare”
MOZART Concerto for Violin No. 2 in D major, K. 211
HAYDN Concerto for Violin No. 1 in C major
MOZART Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183

Rachel Podger, violin and leader
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra


Wednesday, March 10 @ 7:30 pm | Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
Friday, March 12 @ 8 pm | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday, March 13 @ 8 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday, March 14 @ 4 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.

RACHEL PODGER – Violin and Leader

Rachel Podger, “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin” (The Times), has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015 and Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018. Rachel is the Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

After an exciting year including an innovative new collaboration, A Guardian Angel, with vocal ensemble VOCES8, performances at The Lincoln Center, La Seine Musicale and Edinburgh International Festival; and acclaimed album releases including Vivaldi Le Quattro Stagioni and J.S. Bach Cello Suites transposed for the violin, Rachel is one of the Artists in Residence at the renowned Wigmore Hall throughout the 2019/2020 season featuring all-Bach performances as a soloist, and with Brecon Baroque and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Alongside this, Rachel and Christopher Glynn join forces for the first time in recordings and performances of the Beethoven sonatas, and the world premiere recording and performances of three previously unfinished Mozart sonatas which have been completed by Professor Timothy Jones. Further treats include Bach Dynasty with Brecon Baroque and mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick, tours of A Guardian Angel with VOCES8, and return collaborations with orchestras such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.

Rachel is a dedicated educator and holds an honorary position at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She also has a relationship with The Juilliard School in New York.


“With melodic lines of alpine crispness, Ms. Podger can be entrusted with just about anything.”

—The New York Times

2020-21 Season

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