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The Leipzig Bach Festival - the City of Music celebrates its most famous St. Thomas choirmaster

Bach Festival Leipzig

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St. Nicholas Church is only one of the Bach Festival's venues. © Gert Mothes

The first Bach Festival took place in Leipzig in 1908. It was organized for the unveiling of the "New Bach Monument".

Selected pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived and worked in Leipzig from 1723 to his death in 1750 as the St. Thomas choirmaster, are performed.

Around 100 different events take place every year as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival.

Leipzig's Bach Festival in 2019

14 to 23 June 2019

Bach Festival Leipzig in 2018

This year's Bach Festival is to be held from 08 to 17 June 2018, under the motto: "cycles". This year, special emphasis will be placed on Leipzig's connections with the USA . For this reason, the ARK Church Choir from Baltimore, Youth Choirs from the Leipzig Opera and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra shall perform together, thus demonstrating the transatlantic cultural exchange. The US diplomatic mission in Germany with the US consulate general in Leipzig is to take over patronage for the Bach Festival in 2018.

Bach Competition

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The Bach competition honours outstanding musicians. © Gert Mothes

The world's most important Johann Sebastian Bach competition for young interpreters was launched in 1950. Since 1996, it has been taking place every other year in June in three alternating subjects: piano, harpsichord and violin. 

The competition is open to instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 16 and 33.