Bach and Beyond
Jennifer Koh presents a concert from her Bach and Beyond series, a set of three solo violin recitals that strengthen the connections of the Six Sonatas and Partitas by Bach and the present day through a historical journey of solo violin works by various composers.
- Johann Sebastian Bach
- Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (c. 1720)
- Phil Kline
- Partita for Solo Violin (2011)
- Kaija Saariaho
- … de la Terre (1991)
- John Zorn
- Passagen (2011)
- Béla Bartók
- Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 (1944)
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. Since the 1994-95 season, when she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Koh has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. Also a prolific recitalist, she appears frequently at major music centers and festivals.
With an impassioned musical curiosity, Koh is forging an artistic path of her devising, choosing works that inspire and challenge. In 2009, she debuted Bach and Beyond, a six-year, three-recital series that explores the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas to works by modern day composers and new commissions. Highlights of her upcoming season include Bach and Beyond recitals in New York, Toronto, and Berkeley; the solo violin role of Einstein in a new production of Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, also in New York and Berkeley; appearances with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas performed in a single concert in Houston.
Koh brings the same sense of adventure and brilliant musicianship to her recordings as she does to her live performances. She regularly records for the Cedille label, which recently released Rhapsodic Musings and the Grammy-nominated album String Poetic. Her next recording, featuring the works from her first Bach and Beyond recital, will be released in the fall of 2012.