Virtuoso of the violin Emmanuel Bach will be with us this Thursday 28 October in From the Germanic Lands as the soloist in Mendelssohn’s famous Concerto in E Minor…
Emmanuel is thrilled to finally be able to perform this great work with Firebird. We caught up with him last year when the planned performance of this work had to be cancelled due to lockdown and learned more about his musical activities:
Tell us a little about yourself as a musician…
Growing up with music in the home, I found my feet through having a pianist mother, taking lessons with a Russian teacher Natasha Boyarsky, for many years, including studies at Oxford, Royal College London, and later studying with Radu Blidar. My mission is communicating through music and to bring music to wider audiences. Symphony, opera, chamber music, and other art genres have long brought me interest and helped me to develop as a musician.
Can you identify some career highlights to date?
Winning the Royal Over-Seas League String Competition and working in performances and masterclasses with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Vengerov.
Do you see yourself as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician or all three?
My focus is solo and chamber music, which presently involves performing concertos, giving recitals and playing in duos.
What about your future ambitions in music?
To maintain interest in and support for the arts, by bringing music to wide audiences and communities who can benefit. To that end, I aim to perform more internationally, and hope to support interest in some more unusual composers. I also look forward to more work encouraging music-making in young people and communities here and abroad.
What is the value of London Firebird to younger professional musicians like yourself?
Firebird offers a fantastic opportunity for soloists to play with an orchestra of young professionals and students in a prominent venue, working together to perform for a committed audience.
From the Germanic Lands
Thursday 28 October 2021, 7:30 pm
St George’s Hanover Square, 2A Mill Street, London W1S 1FX
Mozart Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Beethoven Symphony no. 8 in F, Op. 93
London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanuel Bach