Martin Bernstein & Justin Taylor

Sunday, June 27, 2021, 4 p.m. ET

Plein Jeu 

The prizewinning virtuosos Martin Bernstein, recorder, and Justin Taylor, harpsichord and organ, will perform a century of French Baroque chamber and solo keyboard works that mesh the instrumental timbres to perfection. Intimate conversations emerge when the keyboard’s left and right hands or the treble and bass of the two instruments are joined together. Music ranges from a prelude by Jean-Henri d’Anglebert to a sonata by François Francœur.

“Bernstein created one of the second half’s high points when he played a solo—a melody with five variations for soprano recorder and harp…. His exceptionally melodious recorder produced a sweet, lovely interlude in a set devoted to six arrangements of a popular French song.”—Broad Street Review

“The young Frenchman Justin Taylor … asserted himself with a clear, brilliant, dynamic way of playing, ever in motion, ever inventive. The piece … underscored his exceptional control of sound … and running through the entire performance, a very personal kind of dramatization.”—La Libre Belgique

Run time: 58 minutes.

The virtual program remains available on demand until July 20.

Artist Bios and Program

Martin Bernstein has been heard with numerous ensembles throughout the world in venues ranging from 17th-century Italian palazzos to modern art museums in Reykjavik, Iceland, to the concert halls of New York City. He began studying recorder at age five, first with Charles Sibirsky and later with Nina Stern. At eighteen, he left New York City to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Reine-Marie Verhagen and Han Tol. Martin Bernstein holds the third prize from the 2019 Moeck/SRP International Recorder Competition, widely recognized as the most important for recorder in the world. He has won numerous other honors and awards, including first prize at the Mieke van Weddingen Competition in Belgium and second prize in the Young Talent Search hosted by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Maurice Steger.  He has also been featured on US National Public Radio. Bernstein serves on the faculty at several American early music festivals and workshops. He studied history and philosophy at Harvard University.


Individual Tickets: $15

Season Subscriptions: $50