New collaboration with the Juilliard School and Masaaki Suzuki

-Posted on 23.08.2014

The Royal Academy of Music in London and the Juilliard School in New York are pleased to announce their newest collaboration. In June 2015, historical performance instrumentalists and singers from these two world-renowned conservatories will combine to perform in the United States and Europe, conducted by renowned Bach authority Masaaki Suzuki. The orchestra and chorus will be divided equally between students from each conservatory, with each institution also providing one soloist for JS Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. The concertmaster of the orchestra will be Rachel Podger, the Royal Academy of Music’s Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin.

After rehearsals in New York, the specially-formed group will perform at the Boston Early Music Festival (13th June 2015), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York (15th June 2015), and in Bach’s own St Thomas Church in Leipzig (19th June 2015) as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival. The final performance will be at the Academy’s Duke’s Hall in London on 21st June 2015, as part of the seventh year of the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series.

Complete programme:
JS Bach Cantata Die Elenden sollen essen, BWV 75
JS Bach Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043
JS Bach Cantata Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11 (Ascension Oratorio)

Previous cross-Atlantic projects by the partner organizations:
The Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School have most recently collaborated on symphonic performances in 2012 at New York’s Lincoln Center and at the BBC Proms, conducted by John Adams (following a Prom in 2005 with the late Sir Colin Davis); and the co-commissioning and premiere productions in 2011 of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!, the new opera which met with remarkable success in both London and New York. Further Academy/Juilliard collaborations include composition and chamber music projects on both sides of the Atlantic, a string ensemble concert at Wigmore Hall, and performances at Radio City Music Hall with Sir Elton John, who himself studied at the Academy.

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