The Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s third annual Holiday Baroque celebration features Dutch Baroque cellist Jaap Ter Linden performing three of J. S. Bach’s Solo Cello Suites, No. 1 in G major, No. 3 in C major, and No. 6 in D major. The performances take place Friday, December 13, 8 PM at Schaver Music Recital Hall in Detroit (at Wayne State’s Old Main Building) and a repeat on Saturday, December 14, 8 PM at Northbrook Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills.
A pioneering early music specialist, Jaap ter Linden helped launch some of the Europe’s oldest and finest Baroque ensembles, serving as co-founder of Musica da Camera and principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He founded and directs the Mozart Akademie (with which he has recorded the complete Mozart symphonies), is a regular guest director and soloist with Canada’s Arion Ensemble, and in the U.S. has performed with or led such period instrument orchestras such as the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque and the Four Nations Ensemble.
Jaap Ter Linden’s extensive discography includes several award-winning recordings for Harmonia Mundi, Archiv, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon and more recently, Brilliant Classics. His traversal of Bach’s complete six cello suites set a new standard for performance as Bach himself would have heard it.