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Bach Collegium Japan gives master classes

April 1, 2011

On Saturday, 26 March 2011, members of the Bach Collegium Japan presented a series of midday master classes at three different venues on campus. The ensemble was at Yale to perform Bach’s Mass in B minor in Woolsey Hall that evening. Several of its members took the time to work with musicians from the Yale School of Music.

Hidemi Suzuki, right, works with Jacques Wood, left. Photo by Susan E. Thompson.

Gerd Türk, tenor, and Peter Kooij, bass, met with members of the Yale Schola Cantorum in the Great Hall of the Institute for Sacred Music. Ryo Terakado, baroque violin, and Hidemi Suzuki, baroque cello, coached members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Jean-François Madeuf, baroque trumpet, and Robert Howes, baroque timpani, offered technical and interpretative advice to brass and percussion participants on the stage of Woolsey Hall.

Click here for a trumpet student’s account of the master class in brass and percussion.

In the words of Jacques Wood, who performed Beethoven’s Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 69, at the Collection of Musical Instruments, “Professor Suzuki is not only a brilliant cellist but also a phenomenal musician whose knowledge of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century historical performance practice is particularly noteworthy. Having had the opportunity to work with him on the Op. 69 sonata was a rare opportunity for me, and I learned much from his insights.”

Read this previous post for further information about the guest artists.

All master classes at the Collection are free and open to the public without charge. News about future master classes will be posted on the School of Music’s website.