Chloé van Soeterstède is attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music-making and her commanding and positive presence on the podium. She is praised repeatedly for her attention to detail, her energy and enthusiasm, and efficiency in rehearsal. In recent seasons she has made many debuts across Europe and North America, receiving many re-invitations and in the upcoming seasons she looks forward to further debuts in Scandinavia, the UK, Germany and Switzerland, the US, New Zealand and Australia. In January 2022 she joined the Orchestre d’Auvergne’s artistic team as Artist-in-Residence, alongside their Associate Conductors Enrico Onofri and Christian Zacharias, and Chief Conductor Thomas Zehetmair.
In 22/23 Van Soeterstède makes her debut with the London Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Finnish Radio Symphony, Geneva Chamber, Nordic Chamber orchestras amongst others and returns to the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Léon and the GiOrquesta for a production with La Fura dels Baus at the Portaferrada Festival.
Van Soeterstède conducts a wide range of repertoire from Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn through to Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Prokofiev. In 2019 she conducted the world premiere of Benjamin Attahir's Syrian Voices in France, and regularly programmes works by contemporary composers such as Jessie Montgomery, Roxanna Panufnik, Annamaria Kowalsky, Katarine Leyman and Anna Meredith. At the 2019 Deutscher Diringentenpreis in Cologne she was awarded the Bärenreiter Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work, as well as Third Prize overall.
In 2012 she founded the Arch Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra based in London, which has been applauded for its vibrant and boundless energy, its wide range of repertoire and its initiatives to build bridges between artists and audience. Van Soeterstède also loves to work with young musicians, and as such works regularly with specialist music schools and conservatoires across the UK.
Van Soeterstède was born in 1988 in France. After studying viola in Paris and then at the Royal Academy of Music, she studied conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (2015-2017) with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron where she was awarded the Kennedy scholarship and was also supported by the Derek Hill Foundation. She was appointed the Taki Alsop Fellow 2019-21 by Marin Alsop and was a Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic in the 21/22 season.
Chloé van Soeterstède performed with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 23 September 2022.
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Bachtrack, December 2020
"The conductor’s gifts of balance, attention, and acute musical sensibility were essential to the success of the Schumann, as important as Isserlis' ability to merge technical mastery with interpretive insight."