Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss to Perform Bach's THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER, 5/25


Kenneth Weiss, the internationally renowned harpsichordist and Juilliard415 faculty member closes the fourth season of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts with a performance of the JS Bach masterpiece, The Well-Tempered Clavier.

The elegant mirrored hall of the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium offers an ideal salon setting for this intimate concert.

Kenneth Weiss was born in New York City where he attended the High School of Performing Arts. After studying with Lisa Goode Crawford at the Oberlin Conservatory he continued with Gustav Leonhardt at the Sweelinck Consertoriumin Amsterdam.

From 1990-1993 he was Musical Assistant to William Christie at Les Arts Florissants for numerous opera productions and recordings. He later conducted Les Arts Florissants in 'Doux Mensonges' by the chreographer Jiri Kylian at the Paris Opera, and was co-director with William Christie of the first three editions of Les Arts Florissants' 'Jardin de Voix' program.

Mr. Weiss focuses on recitals, chamber music, teaching and conducting. His most recentrecitals include Nuremburg, Montpellier, Barcelona, Dijon, Geneva, Antwerp, the Cite de la musique (Paris), Madrid, La Roque d'Anthéron, Santander, Lisbon, San Sebastian, Innsbruck, Santiago de Compostela, La Chaise Dieu, La Chaud deFonds, Bruges and New York. He performs in recital with the violinists Fabio Biondi, Daniel Hope, Monica Huggett and Lina Tur Bonet.

In collaboration with the choreographer Trisha Brown, Mr. Weiss was musical director of 'M.O.', a ballet on Bach's Musical Offering, first performed at La Monnaie in Brussels. He was also musical director of the Aix-en-Provence European Music Academy's staged productions of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and a Monteverdi madrigal program. Both productions were revived at the Lille, Monte-Carlo and Bordeaux operas. He has conducted staged performances of Mozart's Mariage of Figaro at the Cité de la musique in Paris and Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea in Bilbao and Oviedo. He has also conducted The English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Orquesta de Salamanca, Divino Sospiro, Orchestre de Rouen, the Ensemble Orchestral de Basse-Normandie, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire and the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie.

In 2013 Kenneth Weiss performs Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Paris Salle Cortot aspart of the Orchestre de Chambre Paris season, the Well-Tempered Clavier in San Francisco and New York, and in the Festivals of Cordes sur Ciel, Villevieille and Sinfonia en Périgord, a programme of extracts from his two virginal recordings 'A Cleare Day' and 'Heaven & Earth' in the Boston Early Music Festival, Saint-Riquier Festival, Laus Polyphoniae festival in Antwerp and in the Paris Baroque Festival. He also performs as a soloist in Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with the Stavanger Orchestra directed by Fabio Biondi and accompanies the soprano Carolyn Sampson in a Carnegie Hall recital in New York. Among his 2014 project are a Well-Tempered Clavier recital at the Cité de la musique in Paris, recitals in the Centre de Musique Baroque Rameau project, a Scarlatti recital in Madrid, a Netherlands tour following a Brussels virginal recital, and several recitals with Fabio Biondi in the America and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.