Jordi Savall–renowned gambist, conductor, composer, musical researcher and leader in the field of early music–collaborates with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a series of six master classes featuring alumni of the New World Symphony (NWS). He works with the young string players on solo pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, exploring with them the significance of style, technique, musicianship and historical context in the performance of baroque music.
NWS alumnus and violinist Will Haapeniemi performs the Prelude from Bach's Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E Major. The partita belongs to a set of six works for solo violin which form part of the core of the violin repertoire. In his master class discussion, Jordi Savall emphasizes the importance of controlled and thoughtful bowing, introducing the young musician to the basics of baroque string technique.