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Juliana Soltis

Exclusive Video Premiere: Cellist Juliana Soltis Plays Bach

“The study of Bach can be intensely humbling, and a perpetual reminder to cultivate an open mind!” wrote cellist Juliana Soltis in a recent Strings article. “I think of the Bach suites as companions for life: works that grow and…


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Anner Bylsma

Remembering Cellist Anner Bylsma

Influential Dutch pioneer in historically informed performance practice dies at age 85 By Megan Westberg “Use your imagination before you play a note,” cellist Anner Bylsma once told students at a master class, “know more about it than just the…

Thomas Demenga on tackling Bach’s cello suites in one take

Thomas Demenga on Tackling Bach’s Cello Suites in One Take

J.S. Bach Suiten für Violoncello Thomas Demenga, cello (ECM New Series) Between 1986 and 2002, Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga embarked on a then-rare presentation of Bach’s Cello Suites, juxtaposing the beloved cello works against contemporary compositions. He’s just released a…


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Strings Sessions Presents: Zuill Bailey

Finding time in between teaching cello at the University of Texas, El Paso, programming the Sitka Summer Music and Northwest Bach festivals, El Paso Pro Musica, the Mesa Arts Center Series, and recording with the Cypress Quartet at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, Zuill…

J.S. Bach

Happy Birthday, Bach!

By Megan Westberg March 21st marks J.S. Bach’s birthday, and this year it’s number 331. The great composer seems to be getting plenty of love this year, with his Violin Sonatas and Partitas being recorded by Rachel Barton Pine (Avie,…

Jan Vogler

Two Different Approaches to Bach’s Solo Cello Suites

By Laurence Vittes This is the story of two cello giants, and their approaches to recording Bach’s Six Cello Suites. For Pieter Wispelwey, it’s his third complete set, on the Dutch upstart Evil Penguin label. For Jan Vogler, it’s his…

Matt Haimovitz Cello

Video Exclusive: Matt Haimovitz ‘Bach Cello Suite No. 1’

by Stephanie Powell In a Strings exclusive, Matt Haimovitz has released a music video from his forthcoming album, The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena (Pentatone), of the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. Set in the lush and…