International concert violinist performs Bach
International concert violinist Michael Bochmann will perform all of J S Bach’s solo violin music in three free recitals in the Quire of Gloucester Cathedral. The Gloucestershire-based musician has performed worldwide and in 1988 partnered Yehudi Menuhin in Bach’s Double Concerto Tour of the USA and Britain.
The recitals will take place on Sunday 11th, 18th and 25th September at 4.15pm.
Michael Bochmann commented “To many people, this music is the greatest that has ever been written for the violin. The deep spirituality of the music and the extraordinary setting of the Quire at Gloucester combine to make an irresistible marriage of souls”. Michael chose Gloucester Cathedral for the performances because it is his favourite Cathedral with a magnificent acoustic for this music.
Michael will give a short introduction to the pieces before each performance. Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken with proceeds partly in aid of Gloucester Cathedral Choir who will soon be embarking on an ambitious tour of South Africa.
Programme details are
Sunday 11 September at 4.15pm
Sonata no. 1 in G Minor and Partita no.1 in B Minor
Sunday 18 September at 4.15pm
Sonata no. 2 in A Minor and Partita no. 2 in D Minor
Sunday 25 September at 4.15pm
Sonata no. 3 in C major and Partita no. 3 in E major
Brought up in Turkey and England, Michael Bochmann has been well known in British musical life for several decades. He has performed in the USA, all over Europe and India. He was a prize- winner in the 1972 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and also in the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris. He also received lessons from Sandor Vegh and Henryk Szeryng. He was appointed concertmaster of the English String and Symphony Orchestras by William Boughton in 1988. Two years later he partnered Yehudi Menuhin in Bach’s Double Concerto in a tour of 18 concerts in the USA and Britain. His recording of "The Lark Ascending" by Vaughan Williams with the ESO for Nimbus Records has been broadcast many times on Radio 3 and Classic FM. He frequently visits Germany to perform and teach. This year he also visited Mexico, Turkey and Portugal to play and teach.