"She interpreted the "Hebrides Overture" by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with great sensitivity and attention to detail. With a precise beating technique and without any exaggerated gesticulation she sailed soulfully through the musical lakes and island landscape of Scotland"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, October 2019
Chloé van Soeterstède is attracting the attention of orchestras across the globe for her intuitive, sensitive, expressive music-making and her charming and positive presence on the podium. She trained initially as a viola player before turning to conducting, and having established herself across UK and France in particular, her profile is widening further now with various debuts coming up in Germany and Spanish and North American debuts in the 2021/22 season.
Recent debuts with London's Royal Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony resulted in immediate re-invitations; other forthcoming debuts in the UK include the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the City of Birmingham Symphony and London Chamber orchestras both in their main seasons. In France van Soeterstède has conducted the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National du Montpellier (re-invitation), Orchestre National de Lille amongst others and future projects include the Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn.
Van Soeterstède received the Third Prize at the 2019 Deutscher Diringentenpreis in Cologne, as well as the Bärenreiter Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary work, which led directly to interest from German orchestras, including the Bochum Symphony and Rheinische Philharmonic orchestras whom she will conduct in the 20/21 season, as well as the Nuremberg Symphony and WDR Funkhaus orchestras in future seasons.
Van Soeterstède conducts a wide range of repertoire from Mozart and Mendelssohn through to Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky as well as contemporary repertoire and collaborations with other art-forms. These have included the world premiere of Benjamin Attahir's Syrian Voices, a new work by Anna Meredith with the Aurora Orchestra and a collaboration with the dance company Virgilio Sieni at the Bolzano Dance Festival with the Haydn Orchestra.
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 works regularly with young musicians: she is currently the Principal Conductor of the Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra and in the coming season will conduct the orchestras of Wells Cathedral and Chetham's schools, and the Royal Northern College of Music Sinfonietta.
Van Soeterstède was born in 1988 in France. After studying viola 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. In 2019, she was appointed the Taki Concordia Fellow 2019-21 by Marin Alsop.