Bourgie Hall presents

Justin Taylor, harpsichord – Bach in Italy

To mark both the birthday of J. S. Bach and Early Music Day, this young Franco-American harpsichordist presents an all-Bach program that illuminates the influence of works by Italian masters on the great German composer’s oeuvre.

Justin Taylor’s dazzling concert and recording career began in 2015 when he won First Prize at the Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, along with the Audience Prize, the Alpha Classics Prize, and the EUBO Developing Trust Prize. He is famed for his “virtuoso, sensitive, and gourmand interpretations” (Sophie Bourdais, Télérama, 2021).

In 2017, he was nominated as one of the three finalists in the “Instrumental Soloist Revelation” category of the “Victoires de la Musique Classique”. That same year, the Professional Critics Association awarded him the “Musical Revelation of the Year” Prize.

Since then, he has been invited to play in concert halls in Europe: the Paris Philharmonie, the Auditori in Barcelona, the LSO St Luke’s in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the DeSingel in Antwerp, the Louvre Auditorium, the Roque d’Anthéron Festival, the Radio France Auditorium; in Japan, where his debut in January 2021 at the Oji Hall in Tokyo attracted much attention; and in the United States, in New York and in Washington (Library of Congress, Opéra Lafayette). Justin Taylor has also played with orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Île-de-France, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Picardie, the Mannheim Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duisburger Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concert de la Loge, and the Concerto Köln. 

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Concerto BWV 972 (after l’Estro Armonico, Op. 3, No. 9 by Vivaldi)
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
Sicilienne (from the Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596)
Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Andante, BWV 974 (transcr. after Marcello’s Oboe Concerto)
Toccata in D major, BWV 912
Violin Concerto Op. 4, No. 4, La Stravaganza (transcr. for harpsichord by Justin Taylor)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 7:30pm
“Salon” configuration of the hall for a more intimate listening experience of the harpsichord

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