Residency Recital: Bach's Six Cello Suites

Join us at 7 p.m. for an intimate conversation about the history and significance of Bach’s six suites for solo cello with renowned cellist and teacher Colin Carr, who visited Curtis this week to coach cello students in these inspiring and beloved works. A complete performance of the six suites by Curtis students begins at 7:30 p.m.

7 p.m.         Pre Concert Talk
7:30 p.m.    Performance


The six suites for unaccompanied cello by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) not only represent the cornerstone of the cello repertoire; they are among the most recognizable and profound instrumental works in all of Western music. Ever since the great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals resurrected the suites from relative obscurity in the early part of the 20th century, they have arguably been studied and performed more than any set of pieces by any composer. 



Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Young In Na, cello


Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Andres Sanchez, cello


Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Albert Seo, cello


Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
Sydney Lee, cello


Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Joshua Halpern, cello


Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Oliver Herbert, cello



Colin Carr appears throughout the world as a cello soloist and chamber musician. He has played with major orchestras worldwide, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, and BBC Symphony; the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia, and Montréal; and all the major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand. He has played recitals throughout the United States and Europe, and was a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio for 20 years. He is a frequent visitor to international chamber music festivals worldwide and has appeared often as a guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and with New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Mr. Carr’s recent CD releases include the complete Bach suites (Wigmore Live) and the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations with pianist Thomas Sauer (MSR Classics). He is the winner of many prestigious international awards, including first prize in the Naumburg Competition and the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award. He is also a winner of the Young Concert Artists competition.

Mr. Carr attended the Yehudi Menuhin School, studying with Maurice Gendron and William Pleeth. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and at Stony Brook University in New York; and musician in residence at St. John’s College, Oxford. He has also taught at the New England Conservatory.