Rachel Roberts

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Violist Rachel Roberts performs as soloist and chamber musician in the world’s leading venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Toppan Hall Japan, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Musikverein Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin and London’s Wigmore Hall. Prizes and accolades for her chamber music recordings include twice being awarded the coveted Diapason d’Or, BBC Chamber Choice in Gramophone Magazine and CD of the month in Fonoforum magazine, Germany. She is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals such as Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Heimbach “Spannungen” and Mecklenburg Vorpommern.

Rachel is the violist with the award-winning chamber music group Ensemble 360, and as such appears regularly at Wigmore Hall and at the Crucible, Sheffield. She has also appeared as violist with celebrated ensembles such as the Tetzlaff String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble, with whom she looks forward to working on further performances and recordings at the end of 2022.

Building on their highly successful collaboration at Wigmore Hall, in 2021 Rachel 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. The resulting disc was released on the Alpha Classics label to critical acclaim.

Rachel is Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and is 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