In this video: Peter de Jager has made a name for himself as a performer of unusual, virtuosic and contemporary repertoire. But like all musicians, he reserves a special place in his soul for Bach. This rumination on Bach will take us on an undefined path through rich musical terrain.

Artists: Peter de Jager (piano)

About Peter de Jager: Peter de Jager is one of Australia’s most exciting pianists. His repertoire is diverse, encompassing all periods of western classical music, which he often plays on period instruments, as well as musical theatre and cabaret. He has three times attended the Lucerne Festival Academy, directed by Pierre Boulez, and in 2011 was the first winner of the Australian International Chopin Competition. He also was awarded fifth place and best Australian competitor at the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in 2013. His compositions are starting to gain attention, with recent commissions by Astra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and Speak Percussion.

About 48 Ways of Looking at Bach: In 1722, Johann Sebastian Bach set out to explore a new way of thinking about sound. His explorations led to an astonishing achievement, The Well-Tempered Clavier – two books of 24 Preludes and Fugues, in all major and minor keys, 48 works in total, each unique. In 2017 we’re joined by some of Australia’s most accomplished, creative and adventurous keyboard players to take us on a journey through ‘the 48’, bringing their own insights and reflections to this music, as well as matching it with music that they feel illuminate and enhance these masterworks.

Learning Keywords: J.S. Bach, classical performance, Well-Tempered Clavier, piano.

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