Concert at Old Stock Market Leipzig, 18.11.2022; Photo: Daniel Reiche
Concert at Old Stock Market Leipzig, 18.11.2022; Photo: Daniel Reiche

BACH ACADEMY – Master Classes for Students of Early Music & Concerts

Apply now for the second Bach Academy in July and November 2024 in Modena, Saint-Donat & Leipzig!


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 with an added period of rehearsals in November 2024 in Leipzig. 15 period instrumentalists and 3 singers will be conducted by Mario Sollazzo from the 18th to the 25th of July, 2024 in Modena (Italy) followed by an additional concert in Saint-Donat (France) on the 27th of July 2024 during the Bach Festival. An additional period of rehearsals and concerts will be held in Leipzig (Germany) from the 17th to the 24th of November, 2024.
The musical programme will consist of Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto nr. 2 BWV1047, Brandenburg Concerto nr. 4 BWV1049, Concerto for 3 violins, strings, and continuo BWV1064R, Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings, and continuo BWV 1044, and a selection of vocal pieces for soprano, mezzo, and tenor.
The Bach Academy 2024 will be lead by conductor Mario Sollazzo who will also tutor the singers and continuo. Other tutors are Priska Comploi (recorder/winds), Franziska Schoetensack (violin/strings), Augusto Gasbarri (cello/continuo), and Nicolle Klinkeberg (dance).

Terms and conditions as well as more information on the programme and the online form to hand in the application are provided on the website of Teatro Comunale di Modena here:

Deadline: 15.1.2024

The Bach-Academy 2022 has been co-funded by the German-French Youth Office.