JS Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II
Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord
Following last season's performance of Book I, the internationally acclaimed harpsichordist continues his exploration of The Well-Tempered Clavier with Book II. Concert length is 2+ hours.
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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 Consertorium in Amsterdam. From[masked] 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.
Kenneth Weiss focuses on recitals, chamber music, teaching and conducting. His most recent recitals 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 de Fonds, 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, Kenneth 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 Variationsat the Paris Salle Cortot as part of the Orchestre de Chambre Paris season, the Well Tempered Clavier in San Francisco, and in the Festivals of Villevieille and Sinfonia en Périgord, a programme of extracts from his two virginalist recordings ‘A Cleare Day’ and ‘Heaven & Earth’ in the Saint-Riquier Festival and Laus Polyphoniae festival in Antwerp. 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. In 2014 Kenneth Weiss performs the Well Tempered Clavier at the Cité de la musique in Paris, in New York at the Théâtre de Caen and the Lanvellec and Villevielle festivals. He also takes part in the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles Rameau project, gives recitals in Madrid, Brussels, a Netherlands tour, and several recitals with Fabio Biondi in the America and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and in Spain. His 2015 projects include a Japanese tour with the Well Tempered Clavier, and a recital at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
In 2001 Satirino records released the first in a series of highly acclaimed solo harpsichord recordings by Kenneth Weiss: Bach's Partitas, Scarlatti Sonatas, Rameau Opera and Ballet transcriptions (on two of the historical instruments in the Musée de la musique in Paris), an album including Bach's Italian Concerto, French Overture and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Scarlatti's ‘Essercizi per gravicembalo’ in coproduction with the Madrid Caja Bank's Spanish music label, Los SIGLOS de ORO, a live recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations and most recently 'A Cleare Day', a live recording of selections from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. New releases in 2013 include Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Fabio Biondi and the violin sonatas of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre with the violinist Lina Tur Bonet. In June 2013 a new album of extracts from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, 'Heaven & Earth', was released, recorded in concert during the Contrepoints 62 festival in the Pas de Calais department of France. 2013 also sees Kenneth Weiss's recording of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier at the Cité de la musique in Paris on the historic Ruckers-Taskin belonging to the Musée de la musique, to be released in the spring of 2014.
Kenneth Weiss is faculty at the Paris Conservatory and the Juilliard School.