On November 13th, 2016, our student Sophie Branson successfully performed the Bach Concerto in A-minor with the City Orchestra of Grenchen.
Sophie was invited by Daniel Polentarutti, the chief conductor of the orchestra. From the first rehearsal a very warm atmosphere of musical trust and understanding was created and the young soloist, the orchestra and the conductor enjoyed making music together.
It came across strongly at the performance and Andreas Kaufmann, the musical critic of the Grenchner Tagblatt wrote: „In the first part of the evening, the audience was able to dive into the Baroque Era with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s A-minor Concerto for Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo (BWV 1041) was deeply moving. In the second movement, a most intimate Andante, the soloist is given a lot of space, so that the violinist can express herself completely over a bass line of the orchestra. Ten-year-old Sophie Branson mesmerized the audience by telling with her violin a story that simply had to be heard to the very end.“