The six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by JS Bach are regarded by many as the greatest works for the violin ever written. They have been described as "legendary and monumental", "the profound work of genius" and "representing the very pinnacle of human achievement, a transcendence, through music, to another world". Demanding a technical mastery and innate musical understanding on the part of the soloist these works have been recorded by the most revered violinists of the past century. With this recording Richard Tognetti confirms his place as one of the world's finest violinists providing his own distinctive and unique interpretation of these beloved works.
Richard Tognetti has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and the Berne Conservatory (Switzerland), where he was awarded the Tschumi Prize as the top graduate soloist in 1989. In the following year he was appointed Artistic Director and Leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999. He performs on a 1759 J.B. Guadagnini violin.