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Rachel Roberts


Rachel Roberts is one of Britain's leading violists. As soloist she has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andras Schiff, Richard Hickox and Martyn Brabbins performing concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland and Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra amongst others.She is the featured viola soloist in the BBC TV documentary “The Passions of Vaughan Williams”, performing Flos Campi for solo viola and orchestra, conducted by Sir Richard Hickox with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Cadogan Hall in London.

Highlights of the 2014 season include a Wigmore Hall concert with Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Denes Varjon, live BBC Radio 3 recitals from the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Champs Hill with the London Conchord Ensemble, live Deutschlandfunk broadcasts with the Tetzlaff Quartet in Germany, a CD release of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, Britten's Lachrymae and Shostakovich Viola Sonata with pianist Lars Vogt, and looking ahead into May 2015 sees tour of Japan with Christian Tetzlaff, Florian Donderer, Antoine Tamestit, Lars Vogt, Marie-Elizabeth Hecker and Tania Tetzlaff performing string sextets, string quintets, piano quintets and piano quartets.

As chamber musician Rachel Roberts has appeared at the Musikverein (Grand Saal) Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Alte Oper, Frankfurt; Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and King’s Place; London. She performs at international festivals such as Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwoche, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Heimbach “Spannungen” in Germany, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Hamburg “Oestertone”, Hindsgavl in Denmark, Lofoten in Norway and Stift in Holland. As chamber musician she has collaborated with Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Lars Vogt, Steven Osborne, Lisa Batiashvili, Pekka Kuusisto, Carolin Widmann, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Steven Isserlis, Alban Gerhard, Alina Ibragimova and Yura Lee.

Prizes for Rachel Roberts' chamber music recordings include the Diapason D’or in France, Supersonic Award of Pizzicato Magazine in Luxemburg and CD of the month in Fonoforum Magazine in Germany. Her recording of Brahms Viola Sonatas and Schumann “Marchenbilder”, with pianist Lars Vogt, was well received internationally and was awarded the “Supersonic Prize” by Pizzicato Magazine in Luxembourg.

Rachel Roberts is a dedicated teacher. She is Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has given masterclasses at the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme, Dartington International Summer School, Chethams School of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire.

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