‘…when I am listening to Bach I frequently get inspired and feel an overwhelming instinct for his insistent rhythm, a cadence seeking something of the infinite.’ – M. C. Escher
One of the most influential classical music composers, Bach’s approach to patterns and manipulation is reflected in M. C. Escher’s approach to infinite tessellations and optical illusions.
In a series of drop-in performances, local musicians perform a repertoire inspired by Bach in the NGV’s Gallery Kitchen each Friday and Saturday in December and January.
Gintaute Gataveckaite is an award-winning pianist from Lithuania. Alongside her busy performance schedule she has recently completed a Master of Music at the University of Melbourne. Miss Gataveckaite, acclaimed both locally and internationally, has performed regularly throughout Australia, the U.K., Europe, and China. Highlights include recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre in London, Melbourne Recital Centre, and many more. As a performing artist, Miss Gataveckaite’s daily objective is to explore the technical and sonic capabilities of the piano while expanding her diverse repertoire.
Tristan Lee is an Australian pianist gaining international recognition for his distinctive style and musicianship. Recent highlights have included performances of concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg and Rachmaninoff; and solo recitals throughout UK, Italy, Lithuania, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, China and Australia. Tristan Lee has been mentored by Leslie Howard, and between 2012 and 2014 he undertook a period of study with renowned French pianist, François-Frédéric Guy in Paris. He is currently completing a PhD at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, where he also teaches piano.