Leipzig Bach Festival - Bachfest Leipzig

Leipzig Bach Festival - Bachfest Leipzig

Jun 14, 2019Jun 23, 2019
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Leipzig Bach Festival - Bachfest Leipzig

Every year since 1904, Bach fans have descended on Leipzig for Leipzig Bach Festival, AKA Bachfest, a celebration of the ingenious music of Johann Sebastian Bach, in the city where the composer spent the high point of his career.

Bach’s music and more at Leipzig Bach Festival

Leipzig Bach Festival is strikingly diverse. Far from being simply a set of public concerts, it draws Bach fans from across the world to experience concert trips in diverse Bach venues, a series of lectures, an exhibition in the Bach Museum and - of course - sight-seeing in beautiful Leipzig. There will even be a reenactment of the legendary organ contest that almost took place between Bach and his Parisian rival Marchand. 

"Join Bach fans from around the world at Leipzig Bach Festival."

The programme also focuses on other historic advocates of Bach, such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. That’s why this year’s programme offers a broad focus on not only the music of Bach, but also music throughout the centuries since Bach’s time that, in one way or another, has become inextricably linked with his work.

A celebration of Bach’s life's work in five parts

Bach was champion of both church music and music for the royal court. This year’s festival takes the form of a five-part cycle that mostly focuses on the latter: the works Bach composed for the four different royal courts where he was employed during his career, namely Weimar, Köthen, Dresden and Berlin. The fifth cycle, entitled "Bach & Friends", explores works composed by Bach and his contemporaries, such as Handel, Telemann, Caldara and Fux.

World-class musicians at Leipzig Bach Festival

The high-calibre musicians are second to none in this year’s Bachfest. Here are a few of the big names performing at the festival:

  • Jordi Savall
  • Ton Koopman
  • Nuria Rial
  • Isabelle Faust
  • Andreas Staier
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • Kristian Bezuidenhout
  • Ensemble Zefiro
  • Rinaldo Alessandrini
  • La Folia Baroque Orchestra
  • Vilde Frang
  • Omer Meir Wellber
  • Ricercar Consort
  • Alexander Grychtolik
  • La Cetra Baroque Orchestra

Get your Bachfest tickets

Get your Bachfest tickets online. Tickets are available on the Bachfest website, as well as through various ticketing agencies in Germany.