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Alan Gilbert, Jennifer Koh and Masaaki Suzuki
With Hanna Arie-Gaifman, moderator

From massed choruses to moog synthesizers, Bach has been constantly reinterpreted, reorchestrated, reconstructed and reimagined according to the musical attitudes of the time. Hear distinguished artists discuss their own approaches and how the 21st century is interpreting Bach. Includes a light brunch.

Brief Bios

Alan Gilbert began his tenure as the New York Philharmonic Music Director in September 2009. As part of Bach Variations, he is leading the Philharmonic and guest vocalists in Bach’s Mass in B minor. Other highlights of his 2012/13 Philharmonic season include a spring tour of Europe, several world premieres, performances and recordings of Carl Nielsen’s three concertos and a four-week season finale entitled “Gilbert’s Playlist.”

Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Gilbert regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. Mr. Gilbert made his Metropolitan Opera debut in November 2008 leading John Adams’ Doctor Atomic; the DVD release of the production for Sony Classical won the 2012 Grammy® Award for Best Opera Recording

In September 2011, Mr. Gilbert became director of conducting and orchestral studies at The Juilliard School, where he is also the first holder of Julliard’s William Schuman chair in musical studies. He studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, and he served as the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. His website is


Since the 1994/95 season when she won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Jennifer Koh has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras. Highlights of her 2011/12 season included performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the St. Louis, Seattle and Toronto symphonies. Last October, she performed Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin in a single concert at a presentation by Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. She also performed the solo violin role of Einstein in a new production of Einstein on the Beach, playing in Ann Arbor and Toronto.

Ms. Koh is currently in the midst of her “Bach and Beyond” recital series: three solo violin recitals that present connections between Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas and the present time through the performance and commissioning of new works. The first “Bach and Beyond” recital included a video work by Tal Rosner set to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen verlernt. The second recital, which Ms. Koh is performing at 92Y on March 2, includes a new work by Phil Kline. Ms. Koh’s website is


Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. In addition to working with renowned period ensembles, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and Philharmonia Baroque, Mr. Suzuki is invited to conduct modern instrument orchestras in repertoire as diverse as Britten, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Stravinsky. Last season, he led performances of Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Berlin and Melbourne symphonies, and he appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label features Bach’s complete works for harpsichord, and the Bach Collegium Japan has already completed more than 50 volumes of a project to record the complete series of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas. Their recording of Bach’s motets has won the German Record Critics’ Award, a “Diapason d’Or” de l’Annee and a BBC Music magazine Award.

Founder and head of the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Mr. Suzuki is currently visiting professor of choral conducting at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum.

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