VIDEO: Preview Robyn Bollinger's Upcoming Performance of CIACCONA
In advance of her upcoming performance at Brooklyn's National Sawdust, violinist Robyn Bollinger premieres a video of the Bach Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in d minor on her YouTube channel.
Part of "CIACCONA: The Bass of Time," a multimedia project produced with generous support from the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, of which Ms. Bollinger became a recipient in spring 2016, joining a list of artists that includes dancer Misty Copeland, actor André Holland, and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, the video is a sample of the works on the concert tour, CD and DVD of the same title.
Jim Oestreich wrote of the CD in The New York Times, "It was the concept that drew me to the new CD "Ciaccona: The Bass of Time," from Crier Records, but it was the young violinist Robyn Bollinger who held me captive. Through solo works of Biber, Bach, Bartok and Berio, Ms. Bollinger explores the lineage of the chaconne or passacaglia, call it what you will, with its often obsessive focus on a bass figure."
CIACCONA offers works spanning three centuries by four composers: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's Passacaglia; Johann Sebastian Bach's Ciaccona from Partita No. 2 in d minor; Bela Bartok's Tempo di Ciaccona from Sonata for Solo Violin; and Luciano Berio's Sequenza VIII.
Having just performed at the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and Atlanta's Emory Chamber Music Society, the April 8th National Sawdust performance is next in Robyn's spring tour, followed by the Boston Gardner Museum engagement. Additional tour dates to be announced.
Daring, versatile, and charismatic, violinist Robyn Bollinger is recognized for her musical creativity, rich tones, and technical mastery. A recent conservatory graduate, she made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut at age twelve, and has since performed in recital, with orchestras, in recital and at festivals nationwide and abroad, among them the Boston Pops, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, Japan's Phoenix Hall, Oji Hall, and Tokyo National Arts Center, and the music festivals of Aspen, Lake Champlain, Maui, Marlboro, and Rockport.
A sought-after collaborator, Ms. Bollinger is a popular figure on the chamber music stage. Collaborations include the Jupiter Chamber Players at Lincoln Center, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and with members of the Borromeo, Cleveland, Juilliard, Johannes, Mendelssohn, and Pro Arte quartets, among others.
In addition to the Annenberg Fellowship, Ms. Bollinger's talent has been recognized with numerous awards, among them prizes at international competitions, including the International Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in France, and the Louis Spohr International Competition in Germany. She came to national attention with her 2014 residency on PRI's "Performance Today" and several appearances on NPR's "From the Top." Ms. Bollinger holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees with honors from Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.
Upcoming engagements in the 2018-19 season include the world premiere of composer Katherine Balch's Violin Concerto, written for Robyn, and performances of concerti by Tchaikovsky, Paganini, and Piazzolla.
"CIACCONA: The Bass of Time" CD and DVD is available on Crier Records, Amazon.com, iTunes, and more.