VC LIVE | 2021 Barbash Solo Bach String Competition Final [THIS WED 1PM LIVE]

“This competition is unusual in that participants only have to play one Bach sonata, suite or partita” 2021 jury member cellist Colin Carr told The Violin Channel. “It’s such a simple format: two movements for the first round, and the whole piece for the final. But isn’t that revealing enough?

“Competitors can play on modern or baroque instruments and bows, on instruments with four, five or six strings, tuned in fifths, fourths or a combination,” he added. “As the competitions go on, he is perhaps the most human that I have met!”

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 | 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Mon Li (Violin)

  • Bach | Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor | Adagio, Fuga, Siciliana, Presto

André Laven (Cello)

  • Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prelude, German, Courante, Sarabande, Bourée I / II, Gigue

Jaewon Wee (Violin)

  • Bach | Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor | Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga, Ciaccona

Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir (Cello)

  • Bach | Cello Suite No. 6 in D major | Prelude, German, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte I / II, Gigue

Tianyou Ma (Violin)

  • Bach Sonata No. 3 in C major | Adagio, Fugue, Largo, Allegro Assai

The 2021 First Prize winner will receive $ 5,000, along with a number of performance invitations.

This year’s jury will be made up of Robert Mealy, Marilyn McDonald, Arthur Haas, Eugene Drucker and Colin Carr.

Previous first prize winners include the violinist Rachell Ellen Wong and cellist Maxime Quennesson.

The Violin Channel recently met the contest co-founder Susan Barbash, to discuss the annual event she founded with her siblings in 2018, in honor of their late parents Lillian and Maurice Barbash.

“Although they were not musicians themselves, our parents were passionate music lovers”, Susan told The Violin Channel. “Our mother was one of Long Island’s preeminent art presenters and our parents also served together on several orchestral boards and funded numerous musical residencies and concert outings for students in our hometown.”

“This competition is our way of thanking them for all they have done for us and their community – and it is our way of honoring their memory and continuing their advocacy for the arts,” she said. .

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