Violist from Huddersfield, England, who attended Chetham’s
School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music
and Drama, and the Royal Northern College of Music.
principal viola of the Manchester Camerata when she
was about twenty years old.
Other groups with whom she has worked include the Dante Quartet, the
Fitzwilliam String Quartet, the London Chamber Orchestra, the London Conchord Ensemble, the Michael Nyman Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Philharmonia String Trio, and the Razumovsky
the Philharmonia’s eye, or ear, when she
won their Trevor Snoad Memorial Prize and played
a concerto with them at St.
John’s, Smith Square. In May 2000, they awarded her their
principal viola chair. Other
highlights from 2000 included performing “Brandenburg Concerto No.
6” by Johann Sebastian Bach with Andreas Schiff at Royal Festival
Hall and appearing on Vikram Seth’s An Equal Music: Over 2 ½ hours of music
featured in the bestselling novel.
2002, Rachel participated in the Taneyev Festival
at Wigmore Hall in London, England. She and Arisa
Fujita, Steven Isserlis, Pekka
Kuusisto and Daniel Muller-Schott performed
Sergei Taneyev’s “String Quintet No.
1 in G, Op. 14” on 16th January 2002. On 19th January 2002, she
and Nelson Goerner and Steven Isserlis
performed Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Trio Elegiaque
No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9” in the same venue.
on the soundtrack of 24 Heures de la vie d’une
femme in 2002 and John Gay: The Beggar’s Opera; Edward
German: Tom Jones in 2003.
July 2005, the Razumovsky Ensemble, which
consisted of Rachel, violinist Philippe Ensemble, cellist Oleg Kogan and pianist Ronan O’Hara,
performed a program at Wigmore Hall that included
Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Trio in G, Op. 9, No. 1”,
Gabriel Faure’s “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15”,
and Maurice Ravel’s “Sonata for violin and cello”.
Roberts’ name adorned a pair of CDs in 2006, Keys to the World by Richard Ashcroft and Here’s to the Heroes by The Ten Tenors. On 4th April 2006, she
performed Derek Bermel’s “Soul Garden” at Queen Elizabeth
Hall. The Philharmonia
String Trio, rounded out by cellist David Cohen and violinist Maya Iwabuchi,
interpreted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Divertimento in E flat
for violin, viola and cello, K. 563” at the New Walk Museum & Art
Gallery. On 6th
December 2006, she and Steven Isserlis, Ian
Partridge and Lars Vogt delivered a Fundraising Concert in London, England.
at Dryburgh Hall, Putney Leisure Centre on 5th
February 2007. On 17th
March 2007, The London Bridge Ensemble, which included Rachel, cellist Kate
Gould and violinist Benjamin Nabarro, joined
forces with bass-baritone Ivan Ludlow for Music in the Round at the
Crucible Studio Theatre in Sheffield. The program comprised Johannes
Brahms “Piano Quartet, Op. 25”, Frank Bridge’s “Phantasy Trio” and “Three songs with
viola”, and Robert Schumann’s “Liederkreis,
Op. 24”, his settings of poems by Heinrich Heine.
Steven Isserlis, violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist Denes Varjon participated in the Schumann Celebration on 21st
April 2007 by performing Brahms’ “Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.
60” at Wigmore Hall. Before the year was out, she had performed
a Gala Concert with Gustav Rivinius and Lars Vogt
at Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany.
In 2008, she
appeared on the album, Messaien: Chamber Works. She and cellist Gautier Capucon, violinist Renaud Capucon and Lars Vogt performed Brahms’
“Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op.25” at Musikverein’s
Grosser Saael in Vienna, Austria,
on 1st June 2008.
July 2008, she and violinist Arvid Engegard and fellow violist Julyet
Jopling performed Georg Benjamin’s
“Viola, Viola” at Moskenes
Church in Lofoten, Norway, as part of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival.
violinist Benjamin Schmid were the stars on 30th
October 2008 when the Philharmonia performed
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola at orchestra, K.
364” at Royal Festival Hall, an evening that was capped off by Anton
Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 4”.
In 2009, she
appeared on the CDs, Dvorak: Serenade for Winds op. 44/String
Quartet No. 13, Johann Sebastian
Octets for strings, and Schubert
Octets Widmann. She and Lars Vogt, Christian Poltera and Antje Weeithaas
participated in Festival Ostertoene in Hamburg, Germany, in April 2009. In September 2009, she became a
member of the faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her students have included Elitsa Bogdanova and Josh
violinists Florien Donderer and Christian Tetzlaff, fellow violist Isabelle van Keulen and cellists Gustav Rivinius
and Quirine Viersen performed Antonin
Dvorak’s “String Sextet in A major, op. 48” at the Power
Plant in Heimbach, Germany, on 25th
July 2009. Donderer,
van Keulen, violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, Rachel, cellist Tanja
Tetzlaff and Viersen Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Returning for String
Sextet” at the same venue on 26th June 2009.
October 2009, she and Lars Vogt performed Brahms’ “Sonate fur Viola und Klavier
f-Moll op. 120/1” and “Sonata fur Viola und Klavier
Es-dur op. 120/2” and Dmitri
Shostakovich’s “Sonate fur Bratsche und Klavier C-Dur op. 147” in Aachen, Germany.
violinist Maya Iwabuchi performed Helen
Grime’s “To see the summer sky” in the Philharmonia’s pre-concert recital on 21st
January 2010. This was the
warm-up for Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.
466” and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5”.
October 2009, the London Conchord Ensemble, whose
numbers included cellist Thomas Carroll, violinist Giovanni Guzzo, oboist Emily Pailthorpe
and Rachel performed Beethoven’s “String Trio, Op. 9, No.
2”, Benjamin Britten’s “Phantasy
Quartet, Op. 2”, Ernst von Dohnanyi’s
“String Trio, Op. 10”, and Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet,
appeared on the mouthful of an album, Dvorak: String sextet op. 48; Schumann: 5 Stucke im Volkston op. 102; Schumann
& Reimann: Fantasiestucke
op. 73; Reimann: Solo for clarinet, in 2010.
November 2010, Rachel and Florian Donderer, Tanja Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt performed Dvorak’s “Klavierquartett op. 87 Es-Dur”
at Sendesaal in Bremen, Germany.
the Dante String Quartet to her resume in 2001. In February 2011, they appeared in Amsterdam and in
March 2011, they performed at King’s Place. Her recording of viola sonatas by
Brahms and “Marchenbilder” by
Schumann, in tandem with Lars Vogt, was scheduled to hit the shelves in the
summer of 2011.