Paul Grabowsky & Andrea Lam

Grabowsky and Lam

Presented by Musica Viva


Pianist Andrea Lam performs Bach’s miraculous Goldberg Variations, before Paul Grabowsky plays his own jazz-inflected interpretation of this eternal theme on their national tour with Musica Viva Australia.

About the concert

In 1741 J.S. Bach sketched a simple, almost transparent, aria that he then spun into 30 miraculous variations. In this national tour for Musica Viva Australia, Andrea Lam and Paul Grabowsky present their very different solo takes on the resultant work, the Goldberg Variations.

Pianist Andrea Lam – who first performed with an orchestra at the age of thirteen, studied music at Yale, and whose praises have been sung by countless critics – will play Bach’s notes on the instrument where she earned her fame.

Legendary Australian musician Paul Grabowsky then has his turn, creating his own extraordinary, jazz-inflected response to Bach’s eternally beautiful theme.

Praise for Artists

‘Grabowsky can seem to create a pastiche of an idiom out of which a deep truth will grow in the improvising.’
Australian Jazz

‘[Lam’s] melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence were compelling. She played with a firm purpose, attention to
nuance and produced a spectrum of ravishing colour.’
The Australian

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Andrea Lam piano
Paul Grabowsky Ao piano


Johann Sebastian Bach
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741)

Paul Grabowsky Ao
Improvisations on the Aria from Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Tuesday 21 June: Paul Morawetz Tribute Concert


This production is part of the following series: