The star of the show in the next concert of European Classics will be Emmanuel Bach. We find out more about this prize-winning British violinist…
So how did it all begin and and who were your most influential teachers?
Music was around from an early age. I loved the sound of the violin heard on recordings, so I wanted to learn!
After reading Music at Oxford I studied at the Royal College in London. My main teacher, Natasha Boyarsky, is my greatest influence. She was a rigorous teacher, who taught me the value of hard work, belief and communication.
Do you prefer performing as a solo violinist, chamber musician or as the soloist in a concerto and why?
I enjoy playing solo violin, concertos and chamber music equally, as they help me appreciate each for what it is.
We know that education is an important part of your career. What sort of advice do you find yourself regularly offering to young violinists?
I enjoy teaching and try to encourage a love of music and desire to improve.
I always try to help students ask what the meaning of the music might be, why the composer wrote what they did and how to use their imagination to communicate.
Finally we look forward to your performance of the Brahms concerto on 25 October. What do you bring to it that’s different?
I believe Brahms has a powerful message in his concerto. I aim to speak through my sound to communicate the feelings of struggle, love and exuberance which are at the heart of this work.
Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D is on an epic scale, full of unrelenting passion and spectacular virtuosity. We are delighted to bring back violinist Emmanuel Bach following his memorable 2021 interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Tuesday 25 October 7.30pm
St George’s Hanover Square, London
Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral
Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanuel Bach