We celebrate the incredible efforts of the musicians, administrators and organizers all over the globe whose hard work makes all the exciting Bach in the Subways performances possible. Click on the listed cities to learn more about the Bach lovers in these places on your world. You will find info about performers, organizers & organizations, performance schedules, permitted locations, highlights, and more.
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Bach in the Subways would not exist without the hard work and dedication of musicians, music lovers and organizers around the world. Here is a (partial) list of some of the people who help make Bach in the Subways happen each year.
Bratislava (Slovakia): Jaro Slavik
Jaro Slavik is the principal organizer of Bach in the Subways – Bratislava. He first heard about Bach in the Subways on Austrian radio back in 2015, and was instantly amazed by the idea of bringing the music of J.S. Bach so close to so many people. Jaro decided to join the project in 2016 and was happy when Dale Henderson responded enthusiastically to the idea of bringing Bach’s music to the Slovak capital. Bratislava enjoyed 7 concerts for their first Bach in the Subways, including one featuring the Mayor himself, who plays cello.
After more than 20 years in international show business working with global superstars like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, and Phil Collins, Jaro decided to re-focus his career. Currently he runs a sports marketing company with the aim to bring kids and young people to sport. In his spare time he helps with marketing concerts of symphonic music, such as the Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra series in his hometown, and Bach in the Subways.
Zsombor Tóth-Vajna is one of the main coordinators of Bach in the Subways – Budapest, responsible for organizing the city’s extraordinary keyboard programs as well as translating materials into English. When first invited to join Bach in the Subways by a colleague, he was amazed at the idea that the public could hear Bach’s music performed by various artists outside traditional concert venues.
A leading musical figure of his generation, Zsombor holds degrees from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, University of Miskolc, and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has performed across Europe and the USA as a keyboard soloist and conductor, has been Artistic Director of the baroque orchestra Harmonia Caelestis in Budapest since its founding in 2015, and is founder of Piano e Forte Duo with his twin brother, conductor and pianist Gergely. Zsombor also holds a degree in medicine from the Semmelweis University, Budapest, where he is currently engaged in PhD research on the effects of music therapy.
Japan: Ayano Suzumura
Ayano Suzumura is the coordinator of Bach in the Subways – Japan. Ayano grew up listening to classical music and also learned to play piano and violin as a child, but never imagined herself getting involved in such a big musical movement. When she first heard Dale Henderson play the cello right after moving to New York in 2014, she fell in love with his music and his idea of spreading the love for classical music through Bach in the Subways.
Ayano supports musicians across Japan to participate in Bach in the Subways. Based out of New York, she coordinates with local organizers and has helped more than 24 cities in Japan to join this world wide movement. When Ayano is not planning Bach in the Subways, she works on children’s programs at UNICEF or travels across the world learning about new cultures.
João Ramos Marta is the coordinator of Bach in the Subways – Netherlands. João grew up in a musical family (everybody played an instrument!); he learned to play the flute as a child with his father. The inspiration to bring this musical movement to The Netherlands was his visit and participation in Bach in the Subways 2016 in New York, when he met Dale Henderson. Playing of (classical) music in unusual places was the main driving force force him.
At the ArtEZ University of the arts João coordinates the division young talent and teaches Böhm flute, methodic and chamber music. He is a regularly guest teacher in Joseph Haydn Konservatorium, Austria – Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa and Universidade de Aveiro in Portugal. He also is the programmer of a classical music series at the Stadsgehoorzaal in Kampen, Holland.
Korea: Heena Yoon
Heena Yoon is the coordinator of Bach in the Subways – Korea. Bach in the Subways just came naturally to her. She has taught music for ten years and cannot agree more with the spirit and mission of BitS – bringing classical to those who have less opportunity to hear it, cultivating future music lovers, and expanding the boundaries of classical music.
Heena is a composer, pianist, researcher of music and dance, and music educator. Her music has been performed in South Korea, USA, Germany and UK. She focuses on collaborative works, especially music and dance. Her work Ho’oponopono was hailed as “absolutely brilliant and experimental sound, perfectly fit to dance” by the art review magazine Dance and Opera, Seoul. As a musician, her artistic goal is to realize the meanings of her name: Boundless Brilliant Beauty. She believes that work with Bach in the Subways is one way to do this.
Jeehyun Lee is the first and principal organizer of Bach in the Subways – Los Angeles. As the organizer of Bach in the Subways, Jeehyun gets asked this question a lot:
Are you a musician? No, she answers, but I am a fan of Bach.
Before Bach in the Subways, she fantasized about producing classical music concerts in public spaces. So in 2014, when she heard about Dale Henderson, the founder of Bach in the Subways, and its all-volunteer, grassroots mission, it felt natural for her to take off with her L.A. vision even though back then she only knew one musician, her saxophonist friend, Dan Fritz, whom she promptly recruited. Read more about Jee here and in the LA Times article. When Jeehyun is not planning Bach in the Subways, she works at KPFK radio or is in her darkroom making black and white photographs. You can see her work at darkroomsolitaire.com.
Monterrey (Mexico): Oscar Arevalo
Oscar Arevalo is the first and principal organizer of Bach in the Subways – Monterrey. He is currently Music Coordinator at the State Council for Culture and Arts (CONARTE) in the northern State of Nuevo León. Prior to his work in CONARTE, he was Coordinator of Programming and International Affairs in the UANL Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble which has been active for more than 50 years.
Oscar Arevalo graduated from the UANL Music School in Classical guitar performance where he also taught guitar for 10 years. After graduating he formed the San Pedro Guitar Quartet. The ensemble performed concerts in cities in Mexico, Cuba and Texas and produced an album with music by Praetorius, Grieg, Cervantes and Bach.
Jim Pavlock is the principal organizer of Bach in the Subways – Philadelphia. He is a federal prosecutor in Philly, and a serious amateur classical organist and Bach lover. Jim learned about Bach in the Subways simply by searching for Bach performances on Youtube. He saw that Philly didn’t have much participation, unlike other large cities around the world. So he took it upon himself to add Philadelphia to the list of world-class cities! He contacted Dale Henderson at BitS headquarters, and then began reaching out to SEPTA, Amtrak and PATCO. He sent messages to local musicians’ groups, and finally got the Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians to participate! Jim hopes that with more publicity from the Orchestra Musicians, SEPTA, and other classical music groups in the city, Bach in the Subways will become as popular as the cheesesteak in Philly!
Karin McCullough is now principal coordinator of Bach in the Subways – Seattle, and has been part of the team since 2014. Given her decades-long commitment to performing classical piano music in free-to-the-public mini-concerts in local museums, libraries and retirement homes, the idea of helping make Bach in the Subways a reality in Greater Seattle was most appealing.
Karin took the road less traveled to music: a serious pianist while growing up, she reluctantly suppressed her artistic aspirations and instead worked in law for 23 years until a friend asked her to accompany opera singers on Friday nights. The gig lasted five years and her popularity as an accompanist, soloist, and teacher grew until she was able to trade in her full-time law career for one in music. Karin now maintains a flourishing piano studio in Northwest Seattle. She is past Director of Seattle Music Teachers Association and Musical Experiences, current performing member of Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, Program Director of Haller Lake Music Series, and church pianist for Third Church of Christ. Visit karinmcculloughpiano.com for more.
Tbilisi (Georgia): Ana Vashakmadze
Ana Vashakmadze is the first and principal organizer of Bach in the Subways – Tbilisi. Now a high school senior at the Newton Free School and a student at Tbilisi Central Music School, Ana wanted more young people to get interested and involved in classical music. When she first learned about Bach in the Subways online in early 2015, she felt this was a good way to make that happen. That March she engaged her fellow students in Tbilisi’s first Bach in the Subways – an enormous success which earned strong support from the Tbilisi Central Music School community. In 2016 they did it again, and the Newton Free School joined in. Both years’ performances were covered enthusiastically by Georgian national TV.
Ana has been permanently selected by her musical school for annual public piano performance both as an unaccompanied soloist and with orchestra.
Antonina Styczeń is the first and principal organizer of Bach in the Subways – Warsaw. She discovered Bach in the Subways on her first visit to the U.S. while checking Facebook for local artistic events. Immediately impressed with the idea of playing Bach in public in the city, Antonina decided to bring the project to Poland. Despite the bureaucratic hurdles sometimes necessary in bringing Bach in the Subways to life, with much help from her friends she succeeded spectacularly! Antonina wants to spread the idea of making classical music more popular, and appreciates Bach in the Subways for giving her the vehicle to transform and grow from “just flutist” into music activist.
When not working on music, Antonina is an avid horse rider.
Webmaster: Ben Upham
In our early years, when Bach in the Subways consisted only of founder Dale Henderson and then a handful of New York musicians for Bach’s birthday, Dale Henderson’s website doubled as the Bach in the Subways website. With a shock it became clear the movement had outgrown this arrangement when in early 2014 NPR Classical tweeted at Bach in the Subways asking where all the performances were. Enter volunteer webmaster Ben Upham, who in a week put together our very first dedicated Bach in the Subways website. As the burgeoning movement continuously grew, Ben created our beautiful present website complete with user friendly musician performance registration and google mapping systems – monumental web design achievements!
Ben lives in Eagle Rock, California, with his wife Jen and sons Otis and Frank. He works in software development.