Special Projects

Bach Keyboard Project

Joanne Kong has been critically-acclaimed as a specialist in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, with performances at the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Long Beach Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Abbey Bach Festival, Bach Aria Festival and Institute, Texas Bach Collegium, Houston Harpsichord Recital Series, and the Winter Park Bach Festival where she is regular guest harpsichordist. 2012 marks the beginning of the ambitious Bach Keyboard Project, featuring yearly harpsichord and piano recitals covering Bach’s entire solo harpsichord repertoire. A key ingredient of the project will be its educational component; concert presenters, schools and universities are invited to contact the artist directly to discuss a variety of options. Whether taking the form of concert introductions, a lecture-recital format, post-concert discussions, or master class/classroom visits, these activities will illuminate the aspects of Bach’s life and creative energy that lie behind this masterful body of keyboard works.

“obviously is a Bach specialist … her technique is impressive.” Mark Swed, LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER

“Joanne Kong is one of the premiere harpsichordists in the United States.” WINTER PARK BACH FESTIVAL


The Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord

Lisa Terry

Photo by William Wegman

Audiences will become acquainted with Bach’s masterpieces in depth through a lecture-performance of the three Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord. The Terry/Kong Duo tailors the presentation to the presenter’s desires, weaving in stories about the musicians of Bach’s day, details on the structure and genius of the compositions, with revelations about the emotional impact of working on this project. Lisa Terry is well known across the country for her work performing on viola da gamba and early cello with Parthenia, the Dryden Ensemble, ARTEK and many other fine New York City ensembles. She appears to great acclaim as soloist in the Passions of J. S. Bach, notably under the batons of Robert Shaw, Richard Westenburg, Lyndon Woodside, Paul Goodwin, and John Sinclair.

“[Lisa Terry’s] front and center position . . . made it impossible to miss her intense musicality and beauty of tone.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“The gambist played with an exquisite legato.” THE BOSTON GLOBE


Michael Colgrass: Side by Side


Photo by Paramita Nath

Pulitzer Prize – winning composer Michael Colgrass’s Side by Side was composed for Joanne Kong, as the only concerto for a soloist in the dual role of pianist and harpsichordist. The unique work received critical acclaim upon its first performance with Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra, and audience members described it as a “wonderfully insane multi-tasking concerto,” “endlessly creative and fascinating,” with listeners “mesmerized by the whole theatrical element of the work.” Subsequent performances of Side by Side have taken place in Boston (Boston Modern Orchestra Project, BMOP) and Richmond (Richmond Symphony), where it was praised in the Richmond Times-Dispatch as “unusual not just in its double-barreled soloist, but also in its combination of busy playfulness and luminous sound.” An excerpt can be heard at the composer’s website, www.michaelcolgrass.com, and the complete recording and score are available upon request. Colgrass and Kong offer a variety of residencies, workshops and master classes in conjunction with performances of the work.