Bach and Italy: a concert by Justin Taylor, harpsichord (France)

The influence of the Italians on Bach’s harpsichord

When Bach discovered Italian music and especially Vivaldi’s concertos, his writing underwent profound metamorphoses: rationalization of form, melodic flexibility, distinction of sound planes, concern for balance…


On the occasion of the Day of Early Music and to celebrate the Bach’s birthday – (March 21 st 1685 ) – the young French harpsichordist Justin Taylor, undoubtedly a rising star, makes us discover with panache the most beautiful pages of this repertoire.


Justin Taylor is a highly acclaimed harpsichordist and recording artist who won multiple prizes at the Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in 2015. He has performed in major concert halls around the world and with various orchestras. Justin Taylor has made more than ten recordings, all of which have received high praise from critics. He is also a member of the ensemble Le Consort, which won the First Prize at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition in 2017 and has released several acclaimed recordings.



Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Concerto BWV 972 (after l’Estro Armonico, Op. 3, No. 9 by Vivaldi)
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
Sicilienne (from the Organ Concerto in D minor, BWV 596)
Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Andante, BWV 974 (transcr. after Marcello’s Oboe Concerto)
Toccata in D major, BWV 912

Violin Concerto Op. 4, No. 4, La Stravaganza (transcr. for harpsichord by Justin Taylor)


Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Prices (taxes and ticketing fees included)

  • Regular: $44
  • Museum members: $38
  • 34 years and under: $23

In coproduction with Salle Bourgie

For tickets please visit : Justin Taylor, clavecin – Bach en Italie (