Johnny Gandelsman, violin

Thursday, January 06, 2022 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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This concert is part of the Susan Giesecke Bloom & A. Charles Winkelman Artist Debut and the Laurie Wagman Century Series. You can subscribe to these series, Build Your Own subscription, or purchase a Season Pass. Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

About This Performance

As we live through a time of disruption and disconnection, with COVID-19, the recent US election, deep polarization and most of all, entrenched systemic racism and police brutality, it is clear that the years 2020 and 2021 will be seared in our collective memories for a long time. In response to this turbulent period in history, Grammy-award winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman developed This Is America, a new commissioning and recording project featuring 21 new works for solo violin, written by a diverse group of American and US-based artists. Composers featured include Rhiannon Giddens, Maya Miro Johnson, Angelica Negron, Tyshawn Sorey, Conrad Tao, Tomeka Reid*, and Olivia Davis*, among others still to be confirmed. Commissioned by 20 presenters in 11 states and Washington DC, This is America celebrates America’s rich cultural tapestry and its myriad perspectives, thoughts and ideas, while offering a vivid counterpoint to the idea that this land can be understood through a singular, dominant point of view. Each composition reflects on the current state of American society in a personal and intimate way, looking through an unflinching lens at universal topics like separation, loneliness, hope and love.— Johnny Gandelsman

* PCMS Commission / World Premiere

The Artist(s)

Johnny Gandelsman
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Grammy award winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995. Richard Brody of The New Yorker has called Johnny Gandelsman “revelatory” in concert, placing him in the company of“radically transformative” performers like Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin,… Read More


Johnny Gandelsman plays Bach Chaconne
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