2023 November 30, 19:00 p.m. St. Catherine’s Church (Vilnius St. 30, Vilnius)

“Baroque Dialogues” is a musical conversation between the great Baroque masters, German composers of the Baroque era Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, and the Italian Arcangelo Corelli, and the British Henry Purcell. It is a dialogue between the orchestra and the harpsichord.
St. The Christopher Chamber Orchestra will invite the harpsichordist, conductor, and teacher, the central figure of the Israeli early music scene – David Shemer, for a dialogue.

He was born in Riga, Latvia, and immigrated to Israel at an early age. After completing his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, he specialized in baroque performance practice in London, where he studied with some of the most illustrious teachers, such as Christopher Kite, Jill Severs, and Trevor Pinnock. Shemer is a Doctor of Musical Arts, a degree conferred on him by the University of New York at Stony Brook.

David Shemer is the founder, musical director, and conductor of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra. He appears frequently as a solo harpsichord player and as a member of several chamber-music groups, such as The Jerusalem Consort, which he founded in 1984, C.P.E. Bach Ensemble (together with German musicians), and Copenhagen Soloists. He performs and records widely in Israel, Europe, and in the USA, as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. A CD of Bach Goldberg Variations, played by David Shemer, was released recently and received greatly by the audience and critics.

Shemer teaches harpsichord and early music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has done so since 1982; he also taught at the Jerusalem Early Music Workshop during all the 20 years of its existence. In addition, he has given numerous master classes in Israel, as well as in England, Germany, Italy, the USA, and in Riga (Latvia) – his birth town.

“David Shemer, with his truly crystal playing, convinced me that a harpsichordist can be called a virtuoso.” sais Latvian press.