Jean-Guihen Queyras Plays Bach in Cello Recital
Why We Recommend it
Established French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras returns to Le French May with the second part of his acclaimed “Six Suites, Six Echoes” project, for which he commissioned six new works to accompany each of Bach’s six monumental Cello Suites.
A soloist with international orchestras and conductors, a chamber musician and as a solo performer, the versatile musician particular focuses on repertoire for solo cello, which demonstrates the narrative and expressive force of the monodic instrument. This led him to devise and perform several series of concerts featuring the Suites by JS Bach alongside contemporary works, and he commissioned six composers (Kurtág, Harvey, Mochizuki, Amy, Nodaïra & Fedele) to write an “echo” to each of the six Bach Suites for solo cello, in a project called “Six Suites, Six Echos”, which he brings to the stage this time.
Called by The Strad as ”a remarkable artist who breathes new life into well-worn repertoire”, Jean-Guihen Queyras embraces the old and the new. His recording of Bach’s complete Cello Suites has won him such accolades as Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2008 and CHOC du Monde de la Musique, he is also a champion of contemporary music and has premiered works by leading composers including Michael Jarrell, Thomas Larcher and Bruno Mantovani.
The concert is organised as a part of Le French May.