Sarah Grunstein plays J.S. Bach 'Goldberg Variations' BWV 988



Praised by The New York Times for her ‘penetrating musical intelligence’, internationally acclaimed Australian pianist Sarah Grunstein performs Bach’s iconic work, the Goldberg Variations.

Born in Sydney, Sarah Grunstein has performed in the United States, Austria, Hungary, Italy, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and her homeland. Reviews have likened her performances to those of Dame Myra Hess, Harold Samuel, and Wanda Landowska.

She is fervent about historic pianos and Bach improvisation. Sarah Grunstein’s performance of the Goldberg Variations has led to her being acclaimed as the ‘shining light’ among the Bach pianists of the generation following Glenn Gould.

Presented by Australian Bach Society & Australian Friends of Tel-Aviv University (Vic)


J.S. Bach
‘Goldberg Variations’ BWV 988


Miss Grunstein is a versatile, expressive pianist who combines a penetrating musical intelligence with the technical proficiency to realize her ideas. Bach’s C minor Partita, BWV 826, was admirable; the opening Sinfonia tempestuous, the more intimate Courante and Sarabande imbued with a luminous calm.

Grunstein’s masterful rendition of the Goldberg Variations held her audience in a sparkling web of enchantment… Her eloquence, the crispness of each note, her total command of the range of tempos demanded by the Variations made music as holy as music gets.