Violist Rachel Roberts performs as soloist and chamber musician in the world’s leading venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Toppan Hall Japan, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna and the Philharmonie in Berlin. Prizes and accolades for her chamber music recordings include a Diapason D’or, ‘Chamber Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine and CD of the month in Fonoforum Magazine. She regularly plays at international festivals such as Heimbach, Schubertiade, Wiener Festwochen and the Salzburg Music Festival. She has appeared as violist with the Tetzlaff String Quartet, Dante String Quartet, Fitzwilliam String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble, and has recorded two solo CDs with pianist Lars Vogt.
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.
Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she frequently gives masterclasses across Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and the U.K. She holds the Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, and recently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
“… Roberts’ beautifully expressive tone … offering countless felicities of phrasing … powerful and projecting…” The Strad Magazine
“… an abundance of colour and variety, Roberts’ playing is brilliantly demonstrative and engaging … a keen understanding of emotional content…” AllMusic
“Roberts… playing of spell-binding atmosphere…” BBC Music Magazine
“… a stunning recording…” Presto Classical
“vivid performance” The Guardian