Baroque Violinist John Holloway Begins US Tour Performing Bach Sonatas and Partitas

Classic Arts News   Baroque Violinist John Holloway Begins US Tour Performing Bach Sonatas and Partitas
John Holloway has been a stalwart of the period-instrument movement ever since it took off in a big way in the 1980s, playing Baroque violin with the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, Andrew Parrott's Taverner Players (of which he was concertmaster), Roger Norrington's London Classical Players, and many other ensembles. In 1991 he became one of the first period instrumentalists to win a Gramophone Award for solo work, for his recording of Biber's "Mystery" Sonatas.

Tonight he launches a US tour performing some of the most challenging music in the entire violin repertoire: Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, a recording of which he has just released on the ECM New Series label.

The tour begins with three California performances presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society: tonight at the First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, tomorrow at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, and Sunday (October 22) at St. Gregory of Nyssa Church in San Francisco.

Holloway continues with concerts at Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis (October 24), Indiana University in Bloomington (a lecture and master-class, October 25), Rock Spring Presbyterian Church in Atlanta (October 27), Columbia University's Miller Theatre in New York City (October 28), the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven (October 29), and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio (October 31).

The program will include the Partita No 3, the Sonata No. 2 and the Partita No. 2.

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