Remembering Anner Bylsma

The Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma passed away last Thursday in Amsterdam. He was 85.

Bylsma will be remembered as a profound and influential interpreter of J.S. Bach’s six solo Cello Suites. His book, Bach, the Fencing Master provides a treatise for historically informed performance practice. For six years (from 1962-1968) Bylsma served as principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In a social media statement, cellist Steven Isserlis called him “a wonder—soaringly imaginative, utterly original and a witty, kind, completely lovable man. He will be so much missed.”

Anner Bylsma made two recordings of Bach’s Cello Suites. The 1979 album was the first to feature authentic gut strings. This performance of the Suite No. 2 in D minor comes from the later 1992 recording on which Bylsma plays the 1701 Servais Stradivarius:

Recordings

  • J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello, BWV, 1007-1012 (1992) Amazon
  • J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello, BWV, 1007-1012 (1979) Amazon
  • Anner Bylsma’s selected discography Amazon

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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