About The Bach Project

Bach's solo violin music - essentials for performance, enjoyment, inspiration.

NMM 4548. Violin by Jacob Stainer, Absam, 1668. Violin front, close up of front, top | Board of Trustees, 1989 | National Music Museum | The University of South Dakota | Byron Pillow, Photographer

John Holloway is a pioneer of the modern Early Music movement in England. He founded L’Ecole d’Orphee in the mid-1970s, who made the first complete recordings of Handel’s instrumental chamber music. From 1977-91 he was the leader/1st violin of Andrew Parrott’s Taverner Players, from 1978-92 of Roger Norrington’s London Classical Players. He also led ensembles for such various directors as Brüggen, Christie, Hogwood, Koopman, Leonhardt, Malgoire, McGegan. John’s many solo and chamber music recordings include Biber’s Rosary Sonatas (Gramophone Award 1991), Buxtehude’s Sonatas Op. 1 & 2 (Danish Grammy 1995) and Cantatas (Danish Grammy 1998), Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavans (International Classical Music Award 2014). John has been Professor of Baroque Violin at the Guildhall School in London, Guest Professor at the Schola Cantorum, Basel and at the Early Music Institute at IU Bloomington USA, Regents’ Lecturer at UC Berkeley USA, and from 1999-2014 Professor of (modern) Violin and Chamber Music at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Dresden. In 2016 he retired from public performing and recording, 60 years after his first public concerts. He continues to teach and conduct, and has created and will soon launch this website–The Bach Project–dedicated to the Bach works for solo violin.