Sebastian Knauer - Pascal Schumacher
Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa - BOS

The BOS and two great musicians play Bach's fascinating musical universe through the eyes of the Iranian composer Arash Safaian.

25 february 2021

The prestigious pianist Sebastian Knauer and the BOS string orchestra offer us a fascinating immersion in the musical universe of Johann Sebastian Bach, through the eyes of the Iranian composer Arash Safaian. Born in Teheran and resident in Munich, Safaian set out to reinterpret Bach’s music in a modern language. The result is an ensemble of five short concertos for piano, vibraphone and string orchestra which, in addition to spreading his success with audiences throughout Europe, has won him the Echo Klassik Prize in 2017 in the category of “Classical without borders”.

Safaian himself explains his work: “I focused on the idea of creating a type of music in which you could listen to Bach without textually hearing Bach. For me Bach is music in its purest form, it does not require deconstruction or historical classification. What I think of when I listen to Bach’s music is that I am hearing the grammar of music, and that is why I have decided to write about his music. I take existing music and change it, compare it, look for original and even new things, it’s another concept of interpretation. The vibraphone merges with the piano in a sound that floats over the work like a ray of light that illuminates it”.

Johann Sebastian Bach Concierto para teclado y cuerda en Re menor, BWV 1052
Arash Safaian UberBach, five concertos on Bach themes for piano, vibraphone and string orchestra

The team

Piano and director: Sebastian Knauer.
Vibraphone: Pascal Schumacher.
String orchestra: Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa – BOS.


Day 25 - 19:00.


From 16 to 30€ /discounts

Friends of Arriaga:
From 25% to 35% DISCOUNT.

Groups, young people, over-65s, unemployed, large families and people with 33%+ disability:

Last minute discount (for above-mentioned groups, except Friends of Arriaga):

Last minute discount for Young Friends of Arriaga:

People with disabilities who use wheelchairs:
50% DISCOUNT (in proscenium balcony and one accompanying person)