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Bach and more Bach: Piano focus at UNCG last weekend

Photo of John Salmon on pianoSome were scholars, some perform professionally, some simply love piano music. They all gathered at UNCG’s annual Focus on Piano Literature conference last week at UNCG’s Music Building.

“We had about 125 registrants from 12 states and 2 foreign countries,” said Dr. Andrew Willis, director of the conference. “Our mission is ‘to uplift the spirit of all participants by increasing the understanding of and appreciation for the classical repertoire of the piano, both familiar and unfamiliar’”

“This year our guests were particularly distinguished: Jacques Ogg of The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Christoph Wolff of Harvard University, and David Schulenberg of Wagner College and The Juilliard School.”

The Brothers Bach, four musical sons of Baroque-era German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, took center stage at UNCG’s conference.

Focus provides a continuing educational enhancement for its registrants, including many teachers with private studios, many professors from other universities, and students in the UNCG Department of Music Performance, who take part in masterclasses.

“Outreach to the next generation of pianists is also provided in a recital by high school age piano students who have earned distinction in North Carolina’s statewide competitions,” Willis added.

Last week, Willis and Salmon, along with several other UNCG School of Music, Theater and Dance faculty, performed during the conference. Coincidentally, Salmon – who appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently – has just published a new book on the music of J.S. Bach, “Add on Bach”.

By Mike Harris