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Final Five is announced for Dec. 1’s big Bach competition in Stony Brook

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J.S. Bach Competition

It’s all come down to this.

The Final Five has been announced, and on Wednesday, Dec. 1, these talented young musicians will all be vying for $5,000 in grand prize money in the third annual Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition.

The finals will be held live at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center Recital Hall and will be streamed live at The Violin Channel.

Admission is free of charge.

the finalists

The field was narrowed to three violinists and two cellists representing top-ranked music schools including Juilliard, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

The finalists are:

  • Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir, cello
  • Andrew Laven, cello
  • Lun Li, violin
  • Tianyou Ma, violin
  • Jaewon Wee, violin

more about the day

Each finalist will perform a work composed by J.S. Bach for unaccompanied string instrument, before a panel of judges.

Judges Colin Carr, Eugene Drucker, Robert Mealy, Marilyn McDonald, and Arthur Haas will score them.

The competition was established to honor Long Island residents Lillian and Maurice Barbash each for their lifelong commitment to the arts.

“We are proud and grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Lillian and Maurice Barbash Bach Competition as we look forward to the 2021 Finals on Dec. 1,” said Christina Dahl, Stony Brook’s music department chair.

“After a season of pandemic shutdown, we are thrilled to host live performances by some of the nation’s leading young artists on our stage,” she added. “We thank the Barbash family for establishing a competition that honors their parents, and for championing young interpreters of the great J.S. Bach.”