Past IN-PERSON PRESENTATION
Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Johnny Gandelsman

This is America

March 16 + 17, 2022

Violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman brings his new commissioning project This Is America, a celebration of America’s rich cultural tapestry and its myriad perspectives, thoughts, and ideas. The program offers a vivid counterpoint to the idea that this land can be understood through any single dominant point of view. The BAC program features performances of 10 new works for solo violin written by a diverse group of US-based composers, alongside two iconic works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

March 16 Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (transcribed for violin)
Angélica Negrón: A través del manto Luminoso
Olivia Davis: Steeped
Nick Dunston: Tardigrades (BAC Commission, World Premiere)
Christina Courtin: Stroon
Marika Hughes: From J With Love

March 17 Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite no.3 For Solo Cello, BWV 1009 (transcribed for violin)
Adele Faizullina: Dew, Time, Linger
Nick Dunston: Tardigrades (BAC Commission, World Premiere)
Tyshawn Sorey: For Courtney Bryan
Rhea Fowler & Micaela Tobin: A City Upon a Hill?
Rhiannon Giddens: New To The Session

To learn more about This Is America, and to access videos of the composers introducing their works, please click here.


Johnny Gandelsman
Artist Bio

Johnny Gandelsman

Grammy Award-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman’s musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995. Richard Brody of The New Yorker has called Gandelsman “revelatory” in concert, placing him in the company of “radically transformative” performers like Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin, and Christian Zacharias.

As a founding member of Brooklyn Rider and a former member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Gandelsman worked with such luminaries as Béla Fleck, Martin Hayes, Kayhan Kalhor, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne Sofie Van Otter, and Abigail Washburn, among others. He has appeared with Bono, David Byrne, Renée Fleming, Rhiannon Giddens, I’m With Her, Christian McBride, Suzanne Vega, and many others. Gandelsman’s recording of the complete Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin reached number 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart, and made it onto the Best of the Year lists of New York Magazine and the New York Times. A passionate advocate for new music, Gandelsman has premiered dozens of new works, including music by Lisa Bielawa, Tyondai Braxton, Daniel Cords, Christina Courtin, Reena Esmail, Béla Fleck, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bill Frisell, Osvaldo Golijov, Gonzalo Grau, Ethan Iverson, Vijay Iyer, Colin Jacobsen, Gabriel Kahane, Rubin Kodheli, Angel Lam, Ljova, Dana Lyn, Nico Muhly, Padma Newsome, Shara Nova, Edward Perez, Matana Roberts, Kyle Sanna, Gregory Saunier, Caroline Shaw, Kojiro Umezaki, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Du Yun, Evan Ziporyn, and John Zorn. He has been producing records since starting his label, In a Circle Records, in 2008. Gandelsman was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. He lived in Israel for five years before moving to the United States. He lives in Brooklyn.

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