Women music directors: Chloe Kim, Rachel Podger, Valérie Sainte-Agathe and Hanneke van Proosdij

In this video

Perspectives: Women music directors and the intersectionality of race, gender and disability.
Join us for a round table about the challenges and hurdles women
music directors experience today. With Chloe Kim, Artistic Director
of the Music for the Pause Festival in Victoria, BC; Rachel Podger,
Artistic Director of the Brecon Baroque Festival and Brecon Baroque
in the UK; Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director of the San Francisco
Girls Chorus, and Hanneke van Proosdij, Co-Director of Voices of Music.
Moderator: Jirachaya Kiriruangchai

About our panelists:
Violinist Chloe Kim has performed as soloist and concertmaster in prominent concert venues around the world, sharing the stage with internationally celebrated figures such as Rachel Podger, Masaaki Suzuki, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Richard Egarr.
Chloe’s most memorable engagements include a Vivaldi women’s tour led by Monica Huggett, as well as recent trips to France with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. Last summer, Chloe served as concertmaster of Juilliard415 for sold-out productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in London’s Holland Park and the Versailles Royal Opera.
With her European tour engagements cancelled due to the pandemic this summer, Chloe pivoted to create and direct Victoria’s Music for the Pause series, presented with her beloved West Coast colleagues. She was recently featured in the CBC’s “30 under 30,” as well as in the Juilliard Journal. She is looking forward to a concerto debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Spring of 2021.

Baroque violinist Rachel Podger has enjoyed performing and teaching internationally for the last 25 years or so, often as a soloist, but just as keen as a chamber musician and director. She leads and directs her own group Brecon Baroque, and she is artistic director at her own annual festival, the Brecon Baroque Festival which takes place every October in beautiful Wales. Being half German and having spent her formative years in Germany, Rachel spent many years studying and performing Bach’s works in particular, but feels passionate about most baroque and classical music. She is known to say a good day is a day with Bach in it!

As artistic director, Valérie Sainte-Agathe has conducted the San Francisco Girls Chorus since 2013, including in performances with renowned artists such as Jon Nakamatsu, Deborah Voigt, Laurie Rubin, Philip Glass, Gustavo Dudamel, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
In February of 2018, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Philip Glass Ensemble. Her first recording as the Girls Chorus Music Director, Final Answer, was released February of 2018.
Valerie served as Music Director for the Young Singers program of the Montpellier National Symphony and Opera in France from 1998-2011, training young singers for both opera and symphony productions. She participated in eight recordings with the Montpellier National Orchestra and The Radio France Festival. Her many awards include the Victoires de la Musique as well as the Orphée d’Or, as well as numerous San Francisco Classical Voice “Audience Choice” awards, including three, first-place prizes for the coproduction of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Voices of Music.

Hanneke van Proosdij is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of her playing. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo specialist and is principal early keyboard player with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Festspiel Orchester Goettingen and has appeared regularly with Concerto Palatino, the LA Phil and the Dallas Symphony, among others. She received her solo and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she studied recorder, harpsichord and composition. Together with David Tayler, Hanneke cofounded and codirects Voices of Music. With more than 75,000 views every day on their YouTube channel, 2.2 million every month, Voices of Music is the most popular Early Music ensemble in America and was the first Early Music ensemble to receive the prestigious Silver Creator Award by YouTube.


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