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Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” Bridget Kibbey was named “Best in Studio 2018” by WQXR for her performance of her own adaptation of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, live on air. The Avery Fisher Career Grant winner will appear in multiple tours of her adaptations of J.S. Bach’s keyboard concerti alongside the phenomenal Dover Quartet—fellow winners of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and recently named the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center.
The quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep at the 2013 Banff Competition, at which they won every prize. Their Bach interpretations contribute to their “practically meteoric” rise (Strings) and confirm their status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker).
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (first published 1831)
Sonata in G minor for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord, BWV 1020 (1734)
Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 (1738)
Art of Fugue (Contrapunctus 1-4), BWV 1080 (1742-46, rev. 1748-50)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1721)
“But the surprise of the program came at the start, when Ms. Kibbey played her own transcription of Bach’s dark and restless Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Organ. Say again? This mighty organ piece played on a harp? It was remarkable . . . the gossamer colorings and improvisatory fervor of Ms. Kibbey’s account hooked me.”
– The New York Times
“The Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet—they’re that good. Expert musicianship, razor-sharp ensemble, deep musical feeling and a palpable commitment to communication made their performances satisfying on many levels.”
– Chicago Tribune