Bach expert leads top New York Ensemble
One of the world’s greatest experts in Bach’s music comes to Palmerston North tonight, leading the prestigious Juilliard415 ensemble on a 10-centre nationwide tour as part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Kaleidoscopes 2017 Season.
Since founding the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has confirmed his reputation as an inspired interpreter of Bach’s choral and instrumental music - ‘‘I didn’t choose Bach from other composers: he is the natural result of my life,’’ Maestro Suzuki said.
With 19 members, Juilliard415 is one of the largest international groups toured by Chamber Music New Zealand. The ensemble is the historical performance programme of The Juilliard School in New York specialising in early music, with a reputation for combining youthful energy with poise, precision and a luminous sound.
Suzuki’s collaboration with Juilliard415 is not a first: in recent years, they have worked together on
Haydn’s Creation, and Bach’s St John Passion.
Violinist Alana Youssefian has previously played in a joint concert with Maestro Suzuki.
‘‘He knew just what both ensembles needed to bring the concert to life, and both performances were a real joy to be a part of.’’
She said historical performance is a growing part of today’s international music scene.
‘‘It seems that very recently more young musicians have decided to specialise in historical performance, and that has brought a fiery energy to the baroque world. There is still so much music to be explored the historical performance way, there aren’t any limits anymore!’’
❚ Juilliard415 Ensemble’s performance is at 7.30pm at the Regent on Broadway. There will be a free Prelude talk at 6.45pm. Tickets can be booked through TicketDirect. Concession tickets and student prices are available. For more information go to: chambermusic.co.nz/masaakisuzuki.
The Juilliard415 Ensemble led by Maestro Masaaki Suzuki.