"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 many debuts coming up in Spain, Germany, Belgium and North America.
In the UK van Soeterstède is working with most of the major orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In France van Soeterstède has conducted the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National du Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lorraine amongst others and future projects include engagements with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Orchestre d'Auvergne.
Van Soeterstède conducts a wide range of repertoire from Mozart and Mendelssohn through to Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky. 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 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 is conducting 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.
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."