Jinjoo Cho In-Studio

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Violinist Jinjoo Cho joined us in the Performance Studio of Classical 90.5 to perform a concert on February 3rd. Ms. Cho received the gold medal at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in September. The Gheens Great Expectations Program welcomed her and the administrator of the Gheens series pianist Jeff Jamner accompanied her. She gave an outstanding concert of “Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003″ by J.S. Bach, “Sonata in E Minor, K. 304″ by W.A. Mozart, and “Fantasy for Solo Violin” by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Daniel Gilliam hosted the concert, and spoke with Ms. Cho and Glen Kwok, Executive Director of ICVI.

Featured Album and Giveaway: The Art of Bach

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Since meeting in 2000 at the Juilliard School, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe have carved a unique path as a piano duo. They’ve performed on MTV’s Total Request Live and APM’s Performance Today, and their self-produced videos have received over a million views (the Libertango video has almost reached the 1.5 million mark).

Anderson & Roe’s fourth album features Johann Sebastian Bach’s seminal works, from a Brandenburg Concerto to portions of the St. Matthew Passion, arranged for two pianos and piano four-hands. Hear The Art of Bach this week on Classical 90.5 and enter for a chance to win a copy!

Transforming Bach

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Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany where he completed his piano studies at Hanover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009. He graduated with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. Levit has appeared in major concert halls and music festivals around the world.

During his studies he won several international awards, including second prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens (2004), first prize at the International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu (2004), the silver medal and three other awards at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2005) and the Luitpold Prize for young artists in Bad Kissingen (2009).

Last year the young pianist made a bold recording debut with the late sonatas by Beethoven. He’s now followed this recording with the Partitas by J S Bach. Classical 90.5 will be playing this new release over the next several weeks. Enjoy his performance of Bach’s Chaccone as arranged by Johannes Brahms.

Violinist’s New Bach Recording is a Stunner

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Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili has released a new album with the music of J.S. and C.P.E. Bach on Deutsche Grammophon. The program consists mostly of Johann Sebastian with a Trio Sonata by Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Elizabeth Batiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her father was a violinist and her mother a pianist. Before she turned three Batiashvili was playing a miniature violin. From age eight, she studied music at a Tbilisi music school for gifted children.

When her family moved to Munich, Germany, Batiashvili studied music at the Hamburg Musikhochschule and the Munich Musikhochschule. At 16, Batiashvili captured second prize at the Helsinki-based Sibelius Competition. In 1999-2001 she was a BBC New Generation Artist, debuting at the 2000 BBC Proms.

Since then, Batiashvili has been touring all over the world and recording highly-praised performances. Her new Bach album was recorded with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Symphony Orchestra.

Bourbon Baroque and Bach Scholar Dean Karns

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Bourbon Baroque is presenting Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, featuring flutist Leela Breithaupt, on September 14th and 15th at Old 502 Winery. Bach scholar, Dean Karns, will be on hand to discuss the music of Bach. Austin Clark and Karns stopped by Classical 90.5 with this preview