Bach Cello Suites | Peter Martens

30 to 30 June 2020

As part of the Virtual National Arts Festival, Peter Martens performs Bach’s Six Solo Cello Suites, offering a guide to most of what the cello can offer.

Featured in ballet, theatre productions and various film soundtracks, the suites have inspired cellists and audiences alike. At the time of their composition there were relatively few works composed for what was considered a solo instrument. The Suites however have become some of the most frequently performed and recognisable solo compositions ever written for cello.

Peter Martens holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University where he studied in his formative years with Dalena Roux before studying with Heidi Litschauer at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Martens is a member of the Amici String Quartet, Artistic Director of the Stellenbosch University Camerata, has participated in numerous international festivals and has performed collaborative pieces alongside numerous performers of note, including Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zukerman, and Luis Magalhäes amongst many others. His latest recording of Saint-Saëns and Vieuxtemps Cello Concertos with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra was released in June 2019 on the Cello Classics label in London.

Martens’ performance of Bach’s Six Solo Cello Suites comes with his return to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as their principal cellist, following a 12 year absence. The concert is part of the National Arts Festival, its 46th edition going digital for the full 11-day programme.

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