Rachel Roberts is one of Europe’s leading violists and performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.
As soloist she has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andras Schiff and Richard Hickox, performing concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Koln Kammerorchester, Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland and the Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra amongst others. She was the featured viola soloist in the BBC TV documentary ‘The Passions of Vaughan Williams’ with Richard Hickox and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Benjamin Schmid in Germany, Switzerland and London.
Rachel enjoys a busy schedule of chamber music. She has appeared as chamber musician at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Musikverein (Grand Saal) Vienna, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square and King’s Place in London. Rachel is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals such as Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Schubertiade, Heimbach, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Hamburg “Oestertone”, Lofoten, and Stift.
Prizes for her chamber music recordings include a Diapason D’or, CD of the month in Fonoforum Magazine and BBC Chamber Choice in Gramophone Magazine. She has recorded chamber music for Hyperion, Champs Hill Records, Signum Classics, cAVI and Deutsche Rundfunk.
Following the success of her second solo CD (Schubert, Britten and Shostakovich) with pianist Lars Vogt on the cAVI label, along with piano quartet and string sextet performances in Japan in 2016, Rachel Roberts joined Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Isabelle Faust again in 2017 for further chamber music collaborations, both in Germany and the U.K. She performed with Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell in two concerts at Wigmore Hall in 2018, and made a further Wigmore Hall appearance in 2020, this time with Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis and Alasdair Beatson.
Building on their original, highly successful collaboration at Wigmore Hall in 2018, Rachel recently joined Christian Tetzlaff, Florian Donderer, Marie Elisabeth Hecker and Tanja Tetzlaff in Germany, to record and perform Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, D. 956, alongside ‘Schwanengesang’ with Julian Prégardien and Martin Helmchen. They will play the programme again in December 2020 at the Kölner Philharmonie.
Rachel Roberts is Professor of Viola at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the UK she has given masterclasses at the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme, Dartington International Summer School, Chethams School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Each summer, Rachel teaches at leading European summer schools such as Musique à Flaine in the French Alps, Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. She holds the Institute of Education qualification: Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, and recently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Brahms Viola Sonata in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2 – Rachel Roberts and Lars Vogt
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