J. Reilly Lewis

reillyWashington Bach Consort founder and Music Director J. Reilly Lewis is recognized internationally as an accomplished conductor and keyboard artist, as well as a leading specialist of Baroque music, particularly the music of J.S. Bach. A native of Washington, DC, Dr. Lewis performs regularly both as a conductor and keyboard artist in his home city, as well as for national and international audiences. He has been the featured organ soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, presented numerous solo organ recitals, and has performed the complete Bach Goldberg Variations in recital on multiple occasions both in the United States and abroad.

His festival appearances include the Handel Festival in Halle, an all American music festival in Taipei, the Cologne New Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Conducting appearances include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (Bach’s B Minor Mass), the National Symphony Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), and the Cathedral Choral Society, where he has served as Music Director since 1985.

Among Maestro Lewis’ many honors are Washingtonian Magazine’s Music Hall of Fame, the University Club of Washington’s Distinguished Washingtonian Award for the Arts, Special Recognition Mayor’s Arts Award for contributions to the arts and cultural community of Washington, the Shenandoah Conservatory’s Medal of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership in the Performing Arts, and Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonian of the Year.