Today, as we observe both International Women’s Day and Early Music Month – the national, a national, grassroots campaign sponsored by Early Music America and designed to raise awareness of early music throughout the North American music community, we’ll revisit a highlight performance from our 20th Anniversary season by an outstanding Heifetz alumna of a work by Baroque great Johann Sebastian Bach.
Now, we don’t feature a lot of historic-instrument performances at the Heifetz Institute, which was all the more reason to be impressed by this performance last summer by Heifetz alum (and now, 2017 cello faculty member) Beiliang Zhu, playing Bach on her five-string Baroque cello.
Now, Beiliang knows from Heifetz – she attended the Institute for three summers (2006-2008) while it was located at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire – AND from Bach: She went on to win First Prize – as well as the Audience Award – at the 18th International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012, becoming the first string player ever to receive the top prize performing on a Baroque instrument
Last summer, Beiliang brought her five-string Baroque cello to Staunton for the first time as a returning Artist in Residence, and stunned the audience with the poetry and precision of Bach’s Sixth Cello Suite, as well as her touching remarks about what study at the Heifetz Institute has meant to her career. See for yourself!