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Members of Bach Collegium Japan give master classes at Collection of Musical Instruments

March 22, 2011

Members of the Bach Collegium Japan will offer a series of master classes on Saturday, March 26, before their performance that evening of Bach’s Mass in B minor. The three master classes will take place Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm at at various Yale venues. All are open to the public without charge.

Vocal class

Gerd Türk, tenor, and Peter Kooij, bass (pictured at right in a photo by Marco Borggreve), will give a vocal masterclass featuring members of the Yale Schola Cantorum in the Great Hall of the Institute for Sacred Music.

Gerd Türk is a sought-after soloist who tours Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, North and South America, and Australia. He has been a member of prestigious ensembles such as Cantus Köln and Gilles Binchois and is also an opera performer. He has made over 100 recordings on Sony, Erato, BIS, BMG, Virgin, and Harmonia Mundi France. Türk is a professor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and gives master classes throughout Europe and Asia.

Peter Kooij in an active soloist throughout the world who has made over one hundred recordings for Philips, Sony Classical, Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, EMI, and BIS. He is the artistic director of the Ensemble Vocal Européen. Kooij  has taught at the Sweelinck Conservatorium (Amsterdam), Musikhochschule (Hannover), and the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. He has given master classes in Japan and throughout Europe.

Music for Strings and Keyboard

Ryo Terakado, baroque violin, and Hidemi Suzuki, baroque cello, will give a masterclass on music for strings and keyboard instruments. Held in the upstairs gallery at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, this class will feature members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. These performances will feature the Collection’s 1881 Erard grand piano and its Blanchet harpsichord (pictured at left), made in Paris ca. 1740.

Hidemi Suzuki won first prize at the First International Baroque Cello Competition in Paris in 1986, following baroque cello studies with Anner Bylsma. He performed for many years with  the Orchestra of the 18th Century and La Petite Bande, and has been the first cellist of Bach Collegium Japan since its founding. He was a professor of the baroque cello course of the Brussels Royal Conservatory from 1994 to 2000, and now teaches at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Ryo Terakado has served as concertmaster and soloist with many Baroque orchestras in Europe and Japan, including Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, La Petite Bande, and Bach Collegium Japan. He also conducts the orchestra Les Boreades and collaborates regularly with distinguished colleagues in chamber music ensembles like Tokyo Baroque, Mito d’Arco, and the Kuijken Ensemble. He teaches at the Hague Royal Conservatory since 1991. He records regularly with RECERCAR (Belgium) BIS (Sweden) and DENON (Japan).

Historical brass and percussion

Jean-François Madeuf, baroque trumpet, and Robert Howes, baroque timpani, will present a masterclass and discussion of historical brass and percussion on the stage of Woolsey Hall.

Jean-François Madeuf is one of the few performers to revive the virtuoso technique of the natural trumpet, without any modern modifications. He has toured and recorded with Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande (directed by S. Kujken), La Simphonie du Marais, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, among many other ensembles. He teaches at the Schola Cantorum in Basel and the CNSM in Lyons.

Robert Howes teaches baroque timpani at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and directs Baroque Brass of London. He is featured on many early music recordings.

These masterclasses are sponsored by the Yale Institute for Sacred Music. Bach Collegium Japan will perform J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at 8 pm on Saturday, March 26 in Woolsey Hall. All proceeds will benefit earthquake relief in Japan. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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