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Emmanuel Bach

Emmanuel Bach, a young violin soloist

Emmanuel began the violin at the age of five and is currently studying with Natasha Boyarsky. His playing has won him a number of awards and competitions, including the RGS Musician of the Year, IAPS Young Musician of the Year, Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust Prize, Woking Young Musician Competition and the Una Clark Young Artists’ Competition. These prizes have led to performances with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra and the Woking Symphony Orchestra, with whom he performed Wieniawski’s Faust Fantasie in 2010. He is delighted to return, as the Woking Young Musician 2011, to perform the Glazunov Concerto with the Woking Symphony Orchestra under Roy Stratford this year.

Emmanuel has performed in Britain as both a soloist and chamber musician in venues including the Leeds International Concert Series, the Wigmore Hall, for which he was kindly loaned a 1711 Gobetti violin by Peter Biddulph, and St John’s Smith Square, and has also given concerts in France and Italy. Emmanuel recently toured South Africa, where he gave solo recitals and played Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy at multiple venues with the Pretoria University Orchestra, under Eric Rycroft. His performances of this work at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn led to him being nominated for the Upcoming Artist Award. This year, he performed the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the Oxford Philomusica in the final of their concerto competition, in which he was runner-up.

His charitable performances include concerts supporting the Woking Hospice, St Alice’s Hospice and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Chamber music also forms a key part of Emmanuel’s life and he has received coaching from members of the Wihan, Elias, Skampa and Allegri Quartets. Emmanuel regularly gives recitals together with his mother, the pianist Jenny Stern, and is due to perform with her alongside the Tagore String Trio in a concert later this year.

Emmanuel was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, where he was the King’s Music Scholar, and is now studying Music at Magdalen College, Oxford.

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