BACH ACADEMY – Master Classes for Students of Early Music & Concerts
The first Bach Academy happened from November 14th to 18th, 2022 in Leipzig. 18 students of early music and 3 singers from Germany, Italy and France were invited after an application process to participate under the tutelage of Franck-Emmanuel Comte (conducting, singers & continuo coaching), Reynier Guerrero (1st violins and traverso), Mechthild Karkow (2nd violins and violas), Aude Walker-Viry (celli & double bass) and Ines Laue (German pronunciation for singers). Additionally, they had the chance to learn baroque dances that have influenced Bach's compositions from historic dance instructor Nicolle Klinkeberg. They participated in the service of St. Nicolas Church (where Bach premiered many of his cantatas as well as his Christmas Oratorio and St. John's Passion) on Wednesday, November 16th, and played a concert in Leipzig's Old Stock Exchange (Leipzig's oldest baroque building) on Friday, November 18th. The final concert of the Bach Academy happened in Lyon on Sunday, November 20th. The Academy orchestra rehearsed and performed pieces of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons (Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Christoph Frederic Bach as well as Johann Christian Bach).
A more detailed description of the Bach-Academy and concerts can be found at Notenspur Leipzig's website.
The second Bach Academy will happen in July 2024 in Modena, Italy. More information will follow.