Viola da gamba player Liam Byrne is the next recipient of the GLENN GOULD BACH FELLOWSHIP, with a project on experimental recording of 17th-century viol music.

The Fellowship is awarded every two years by the city of Weimar to musicians who use the fellowship to realise an ambitious and innovative musical media project on music of Bach or of the Baroque period. The €140,000 Fellowship is made possible by the Philip Loubser Foundation and managed by the Thuringia Bach Festival.

Commencing in May 2020, the Co-Creator of the Fellowship, Irish Pianist Peter Tuite became its Founding Fellow. On completion of his project, the Fellowship was subsequently awarded to the German Cellist, Tanja Tetzlaff. Her Fellowship project was awarded an OPUS Klassik Prize in 2023.

The next recipient, Viol player, Liam Byrne, will be focusing on the exceptionally rare and beautiful music of the English lyra-viol repertoire from the early 17th century. The project will thus take an experimental approach to the recording and transmission of lyra-viol music, using this repertoire as a case study to raise broader questions about aesthetics of sound in classical music recording in general.

The project is strongly inspired by Glenn Gould’s hands-on relationship to recording and embraces the artificially constructive aspect of the recording process as a means of giving the listener a deeper relationship to the music and to the physicality of the instrument producing it.

Learn more about The Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship and It’s Fellows on their website!

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