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The Leipzig Bach Festival - The City of Music celebrates their 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

The Bach Festival 2019 is from 14 to 23 of June 2019 with the motto: "Hof-Compositeur Bach"(Court Composer Bach). Johann Sebastian Bach spent 15 years at European courts where he worked as a composer and conductor. Numerous works were created during this period: church music, festival music and instrumental works. Explore the varied Bach Festival Leipzig 2019 Programme.

Leipzig's Bach Festival in 2019

Mark your calendar now for Bachfest 2019 in Leipzig: 14 to 23 June 2019.

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.

Bach for Everyone

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Bach Festival at the Market © Gert Mothes

You can find insider tips and Bach Festival highlights on our blog. Take a look!