Starring: Emmanuel Bach, Jenny Stern
Emmanuel Bach plays Mozart & Paganini
St. Francis by the Lake - Parkview, Johannesburg
Emmanuel Bach (violin) & Jenny Stern (piano)
Mozart Sonata in Bb for Piano and Violin, K.454
1. Largo - Allegro
Paganini Variations on 'Di Tanti Palpiti' from Rossini's 'Tancredi', Op.13
‘An outstandingly well-matched duo…an intense journey through time…gives the music the colours and intensity that is good for it.’
British Music Society
The brilliant young British violinist, Emmauel Bach and pianist, Jenny Stern present a charming programme featuring an interesting combination of classical and romantic music at St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church in Parkview, Johannesburg.
Artmusic.TV recorded this concert with a live audience on 31 March 2022.
Emmanuel Bach, Violinist
As a young British-born soloist, Emmanuel is fast gaining recognition in the UK and abroad. Winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Strings Competition 2018, he has performed as co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in JS Bach's Double Concerto and played on stages including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James' Piccadilly and St George's Bristol. He was a Selected Artist on the Countess of Munster Trust Recital scheme 2017-20 and is an artist on Talent Unlimited. Emmanuel has played solo concertos in the UK and abroad, including Brahms, Bruch No.1 and Scottish Fantasy, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, Mendelssohn, Paganini No.1, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and others. Maxim Vengerov described his playing of the Brahms Concerto as ‘a superb rendition, a deep and emotional performance.’ His awards include prizes in the Mirecourt and Lipizer International Competitions, two nominations for 'Best Upcoming Artist' at the KKNK National Arts Festival in South Africa and an English-Speaking Union Scholarship.
As soloist, he has worked with conductors including: David Hill MBE, Jonathan Willcocks, Maxim Vengerov, Darrell Davison, Roy Stratford, Rob Hodge and John Traill. He has performed live and been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. As a chamber musician, Emmanuel has performed on Norfolk Festival (USA), IMUSE Enghien (Belgium), BBC World Music Day, Parry Festival and the Philharmonia orchestra’s ‘Shostakovich Immersion Festival’. He received a Full Fellowship on the Yale Summer School, working with the Emerson, Artis and Brentano Quartets. He held an Edison Fellowship at the British Library, London, researching historic violin and chamber music recordings. In his role as teacher, he teaches privately and has coached young musicians on Pro Corda as a Leverhulme Fellow.
Emmanuel has benefitted from masterclasses with eminent musicians such as Pierre Amoyal, Miriam Fried, Shlomo Mintz, Maxim Vengerov, Dong-Suk Kang and others. His teacher was Natasha Boyarsky, with whom he studied while reading Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, gaining a Double First. He then took a Masters as a scholar at the Royal College of Music, and an Artist Diploma latterly studying with Radu Blidar. He has also studied with Ben Sayevich and Felix Andrievsky. CD releases include 'Bach to the Future' (2015, Salon Music) 'Musical Mosaics' (2018, Willowhayne Records) and ‘Lennox in Paris’ (2021, Willowhayne Records). He is grateful for support from Talent Unlimited, the English-Speaking Union, the Tompkins Tate Trust, Joan Conway Bursary, Woking Young Musicians’ Trust, HR Taylor Trust and Worshipful Company of Drapers.
JENNY STERN (pianos)
South African born pianist Jenny Stern has recorded for radio and television in Europe and her home country. She made her debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K450, with the conductor Alberto Bolet. Following studies at the Royal College of Music with Lamar Crowson, she completed a Masters in South Africa, winning the prestigious Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship for further study.
She has performed extensively in the UK and abroad as a chamber musician, collaborating with principal players from orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra and Royal Opera House Orchestra. In South Africa, her major performances include acclaimed live broadcasts of Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto and the Grieg Piano Concerto, and concertos with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Natal Philharmonic and Bloemfontein Symphony Orchestra.
Jenny has been invited to give masterclasses, at venues including Dartington Summer School of Music and Euro Music Academy in Vienna. She has given over 500 concerts and workshops at universities and schools. She currently teaches at Eton College and the Royal College of Music, Junior Department. Jenny also regularly performs with violinist Emmanuel Bach. Their most recent CD ‘Lennox In Paris’ was released by Willowhayne Records in 2022.
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