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Rosalyn Tureck

Rosalyn Tureck

The Tureck Bach Research Institute will host a special celebration in New York on 15 December 2013 honoring renowned keyboard artist, scholar, and teacher Rosalyn Tureck, marking both one hundred years since her birth and ten years since her death. Hailed as “the high priestess of Bach” and acclaimed for her uncompromisingly rigorous, intelligent and detailed performances, Tureck devoted more than six decades to performing, researching, teaching and writing about Bach’s works.

The concert and commemoration will include a video retrospective, a live interview with acclaimed guitarist Sharon Isbin, and performances by pianist Golda Vainberg-Tatz, founder of the Tureck International Bach Competition for Young Pianists, as well as 2013 competition laureates Athena Tsianos and Allison To.

Founded by Ms. Tureck in 1981, the Tureck Bach Research Institute supports research, scholarship, and an exchange of ideas about Bach. President of the Institute and host for this event, Kevin Kleinmann, oversaw the 1997 recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) that Tureck made at the age of eighty-four. He comments: “Rosalyn Tureck was a big personality, with an aura and a charisma that you could feel from a mile away. Through endless discussions with her, she taught me how to be analytical, how to achieve clarity of thought and to apply it in everything we do. There are few who could be performers and scholars to the level that she was.”

Sharon Isbin edited the complete Bach lute suites for guitar with Tureck: “When you think of Rosalyn Tureck, you think of perfection, you think of magnificent rhythm, an ear that is beyond that of most mortal human beings. You think of someone who has delved beneath the surface to the depths of musicality and scholarship that we cannot even conceive of, in order to produce what she did . . . she was a goddess.”

Rosalyn Tureck was a huge influence on a generation of pianists including Glenn Gould, who commented that she was the only pianist whom he admired. In her obituary, The Guardian said: “What always convinces the listener is the compelling, incandescent, almost evangelical spirit that shines through [in the] detail.”

– Tureck Bach Research Institute

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