Nancy Ives is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony and received a DMA and MM from the Manhattan School of Music and a BM from the University of Kansas. She has been featured soloist with the Oregon Symphony as well as orchestras in the Northeast, Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Nancy is Instructor of Chamber Music at Lewis & Clark College; a member of fEARnoMUSIC, the Palatine Piano Trio and the Rose City Piano Trio; and is active as a teacher and recording artist. She is a frequent guest of groups such as Chamber Music Northwest, 45th Parallel, Portland Piano International Summer Festival, Third Angle, Pink Martini and Portland Cello Project. Her composition Shard is featured on a recent PCP album, to e.s.. She is a founder of Classical Up Close, has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Symphony and currently serves on the Board at All Classical Portland. Nancy blogs at nancyives.com.
This is "My Big Bach Blog" because I will be exploring, one at a time and in order, each of the thirty-six movements of the 6 Suites for Solo Violoncello by Johann Sebastian Bach. The world doesn't need this…but I do. I'm a professional cellist who has played the Suites many, many times, but I expect to experience this iconic music in a new way by going through it systematically and with a fresh perspective. I get a lot of pleasure and inspiration from house concerts -- informal performances in intimate settings for interested -- and interesting! -- people, so that's the spirit in which I'm going to approach each installment. I welcome questions and comments!