the BACH JOURNEy




July 2014

Short stay in Munich,
I see this wall.
I stop,
I think,
What if?
Why not?
Let's start a Bach project and journey in his land....

















  • Arrived in Berlin

    09/03/2014

  • Started the search of the bow for the Suites

    09/10/2014

  • 09/26/2014

    Everywhere I went I found help and kindness.

  • What if a dow stroke was an up bow in cello playing?

    10/10/2014

  • I decide to start the project of recording the Suites

    10/14/2014

  • The strings

    10/21/2014

    Set of strings made by Pure Cordes, Potsdam

  • Understanding how write slurs...

    11/03/2014

  • THE BOW!

    11/28/2014

    Mr. Reiners was of a precious help. I asked him for a model of bow that was used in Germany when Bach composed the Suites. A clip in frog bow.

  • Kept exploring the set-up possibilities in Leipzig

    03/14/2015

    With Daniel König, the maker of the cello

  • Meeting with Ton Koopman

    06/25/2015

    A very helpful meeting where we talked about phrasing with Maestro Koopman, I also explained my technique to him and received his encouragements

  • RECORDED THE 6 SUITES

    03/17/2016

    5 days at the B#Sharp Studio in Berlin

  • Meeting with Yo-Yo Ma

    10/26/2016

    A Very nice meeting with Yo-Yo Ma, where he gave me his support

  • Received Ton Koopman's comments on the Recording

    09/03/2018

    "I listened to the 6 Bach suites with pleasure. Very well done, I liked very much the resonance, intonation and the way of playing. Very convincing. A very good work and great success technically."

  • The New Edition

    09/03/2017

    Put in the computer my Urtext edition of the Suites (the one of the recording)


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7 weeks later: Berlin

between 2014 and now

  • Found the baroque cello of the project
  • & the matching baroque bow
  • Played on an authentic strings set up
  • Found a set up sound post/bridge etc.
  • Analysed the manuscripts
  • Made research in the public libraries
  • Wrote a short version of my publication
  • Shared my research with Ton Koopman
  • Prepared the recording
  • Experimented accoustics
  • Made a Crowdfunding
  • Recorded the Suites
  • Wrote the full publication
  • Shared my work to YoYo MA (got his support)
  • Made the digital version of my edition
  • Presenting my work to Labels and publishers
  • Signed with URANIA RECORDS
  • Created jsbachcellosuites.com to share this project, and publish my research.
  • future... publishing the edition!

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2014

September - October 2014 : 

Finding the cello, the bow and the set of strings.

Trying baroque and classical period bows

Meeting bow makers and luthiers in Berlin

one month later, I find a very important clue in the suites.

The sleepless nights and obsession after that...

Search of the most authentic baroque set up

Calligraphie

Understanding how to write notes and slurs with this material....

Observing and comparing the 4 Sources

"THE" Bow

Thomaskirche, Leipzig !

Unforgettable moment: walking through the same portal as Bach used to...

2015

Between December and May: 
Search of the right set up on the cello
preparing a new edition of the suites

Once we had found the right set up, 
it was time prepare the recording...

Meeting with Maestro Ton Koopman!

This meeting and work session with Maestro Koopman had a big impact on me and the project.
It was the first time I shared my work with someone and receiving his encouragement and support meant a lot to me.
During this meeting we worked on phrasing and about avoiding any technical rubato.

Summer 2015 - January 2016

-Trying different accoustics-
-Making a crowdfunding-
-Search of the 5 strings cello for Suite 6-

January - March 2016 : Recording

April-June 2016:
Preparing the publication


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RECORDING THE 6 CELLO SUITES

OCTOBER 2016 
MEETING WITH YOYO-MA IN BOSTON

FROM JANUARY TIL JUNE 2017:
MAKING the digital version of my EDITION OF THE SUITES

JULY-AUGUST 2017


PREPARING THE RELEASE - PRESENTING MY WORK TO LABEL, PUBLISHERS, MAGAZINES ETC...
INTERESTED? CONTACT ME...










JANUARY 16TH 2018...




Contract with URANIA RECORDS signed!





21 MARCH 2018

Bach Cello Suites CD recording

celebratING Bach's 333rd birthday 

with the release of the recording!

SHARING THE RESEARCH IN THIS WEBSITE

JSBACHCELLOSUITES.COM

AND MORE TO COME.......