NY medics take time out to play Bach with the pros

NY medics take time out to play Bach with the pros


norman lebrecht

June 04, 2020

Meet the Camerata Notturna, an orchestra of healthcare professionals who have spent the last four months on the Covid frontline.
They are joined in the Bach double concerto by soloists Cho-Liang Lin and David Chan, who is also Camerata’s music director.

Steve Cho tells us it’s all in the wider music family:

‘There are some interesting music industry connections. Violist Yeou-Cheng Ma is the older sister of Yo-Yo, and director of the Children’s Orchestra Society. Wells Andres, younger brother of pianist  Timo, plays violin.  Lisa Wong, violist, is Director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School, and the wife of violinist Lynn Chang. My own wife, associate chief of the NYU-Langone Emergency Department, who has not had a day off work since January beause of the pandemic, somehow still found time to prepare and record the harpsichord part!’


Well done, all!



  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    This is beautiful!!

  • Ron Swanson says:

    Must have been a real joy to play after all that.

  • Edgar Self says:

    These valiant, multi-talented doctors enjoyed making this music even more than I did hearing to it, which Ive been doing for ages. Even my mother liked it.

    First Adolf Busch and Frances Magnes, still my choice. Then Menuhin/Enesco, Kreisler/Zimbalist with quartet; Szigeti/Carl Flesch/ Hermann Diener/Collegium Musicum; Heifetz/Heifetz, Heifetz/Friedman, Oistrakhs/Stern, PerlmanZ/ukerman. The slashing Vivaldian double-stops taken forte, sawing wood like Busch/Magnes.

    Ther’s a doctors symphony in Chicago. I hope they will do something like this, and as well. The affinity of doctors and physicists with music is often remarked … the most corporeal with the incorporeal., the most material with the least. but subject to its laws.

  • Barbara says:

    Thank You all.

  • Joseph William C. G. Albaña says:

    BRAVO….that was excellent! Hats off for a great job!

  • Peter Lelkes says:

    Bravi !!

  • Jane Campbell says:

    That’s commitment! Thank you all round. Music that tames
    the violent virus.