International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition
The International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Internationaler Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Wettbewerb) is a music competition in Leipzig
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, Germany
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, held by the Bach-Archiv Leipzig
Bach-Archiv Leipzig
The Bach-Archiv Leipzig or Bach-Archiv is the institution for the documentation and research of life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig, where Bach lived from 1723 until his death. Topic of research is also the Bach family, especially their music...

. It was founded in 1950 and was held every four years from 1964 to 1996 with five subjects and is now held every two years with three changing subjects. From 1965 the competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions
World Federation of International Music Competitions
The World Federation of International Music Competitions is an organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that maintains a network of the internationally recognized organisations that aim to discover the most promising young talents in classical music through public competition...

 in Geneva
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Prize winners have included:
  • Pianists: Tatiana Nikolayeva
    Tatiana Nikolayeva
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    , Jörg Demus
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    , Waldemar Maciszewski
    Waldemar Maciszewski
    Waldemar Maciszewski was a Polish pianist and composer.Macizewski was born in Warsaw in 1927. He trained under Zbigniew Drzewiecki at the underground Warsaw Conservatory throughout World War II and at the Cracow State Music Academy from 1945-48...

     (1950), Igor Lazko
    Igor Lazko
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     (1964), Valery Afanassiev
    Valery Afanassiev
    - Life :Valery Afanassiev was born in Moscow. He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Emil Gilels and Yakov Zak. In 1969 he was the winner of the Bach Competition in Leipzig, and three years later at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels...

    , Ivan Klansky
    Ivan Klánský
    Ivan Klánský is a Czech pianist.He was awarded 2nd prizes at the 1967 Concorso Busoni , the 1968 J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig and the 1976 Paloma O'Shea Competition. He has performed internationally since. In addition, he has recorded for Naxos Records, Supraphon and Praga .Klánský holds a...

     (1968), Kei Itoh
    Kei Itoh
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     (1980), Ueli Wiget
    Ueli Wiget
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     (1984), Nikolai Luganski (1988), Martin Stadtfeld
    Martin Stadtfeld
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     (2002), Irina Zahharenkova
    Irina Zahharenkova
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  • Organists: Amadeus Webersinke
    Amadeus Webersinke
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    , Karl Richter, Diethard Hellmann
    Diethard Hellmann
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     (1950), Daniel Chorzempa
    Daniel Chorzempa
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     (1968), Hans Fagius
    Hans Fagius
    -Biography:Fagius studied organ with Bengt Berg before entering the Royal College of Music, Stockholm where he studied with Alf Linder. After graduating in 1974 he studied organ privately with Maurice Duruflé in Paris. He taught organ in Gothenburg and Stockholm before being appointed professor of...

     (1972), Jaroslav Tůma
    Jaroslav Tuma
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     (1980), Balint Karosi
    Balint Karosi
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  • Violinists: Alexei Gorokhov
    Alexei Gorokhov
    Aleksey Nikolaevich Gorokhov was a Russian violinist who lived most of his life in Ukraine.Many Ukrainian violinists are either his pupils or pupils of his pupils.-Biography:...

     (1950), Oleg Kagan
    Oleg Kagan
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     (1968), Hiroko Suzuki
    Hiroko Suzuki
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    , Marat Bisengaliev
    Marat Bisengaliev
    Marat Bisengaliev is a Kazakh violinist and director of both the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra and TuranAlem Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra...

     (1988), Rachel Barton
    Rachel Barton Pine
    Rachel Barton Pine is a violinist from Chicago. Considered a child prodigy at the violin, she started playing at the age of 3 and a half. She played at many renowned venues as a child and teenager...

     (1992), Shunsuke Sato
    Shunsuke Sato
    is a Japanese born, classical and baroque violinist and violist.-Musical activities:Sato started his concert career in the United States at 12, by winning the Young Concert Artists first prize in 1997, performing throughout North America, Europe, and Japan as a soloist with orchestras such as...

  • Cellists: Michael Sanderling
    Michael Sanderling
    Michael Sanderling is a German violoncellist and conductor.- Biography :Michael Sanderling, son of the contrabassist Barbara Sanderling and the conductor Kurt Sanderling, got his first cello lessons at the age of five in Berlin. At the age of eleven, he became student of Matthias Pfaender at the...

     (1988), Richard Harwood
    Richard Harwood
    Richard Craig Harwood is a British cellist.- Biography :Richard Harwood was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and began learning to play the piano, aged four and the cello, aged five. He attended Ditcham Park School...

  • Flutists: Matthias Rust, Alison Mitchell
    Alison Mitchell
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  • Singers: Bruce Abel
    Bruce Abel
    -Biography:Abel studied singing at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City under Hans Heinz, where he excelled in studies of French art songs and German lieder. He won a Fulbright Fellowship in 1962 which enabled him to pursue further studies in the lieder and oratorio repertoire in...

     (1964), Gábor Németh
    Gábor Németh
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     (1976), Jadwiga Rappé
    Jadwiga Rappé
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     (1980), Bogna Bartosz
    Bogna Bartosz
    Bogna Bartosz is a Polish classical mezzo-soprano and alto.- Biography :Bogna Bartosz studied voice at the Academy of Music in Gdansk and graduated with distinction...

     (1992), Simone Kermes
    Simone Kermes
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    , Christoph Genz
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    - Biography :Christoph Genz was a member of the Thomanerchor. He studied at the King’s College, Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir. He studied voice with Hans-Joachim Beyer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig and with Elisabeth...

    , Ekkehard Abele
    Ekkehard Abele
    Ekkehard Abele is a German operatic bass-baritone. He first gained recognition when he won the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1996. Since then he has recorded a number of works by Bach under such conductors as Tobias Ziemlichklein Hiller, Werner Hümmeke, Ton Koopman, and Hermann Max...

     (1996), Jan Kobow
    Jan Kobow
    Jan Kobow is a German classical tenor in concert, Lied and Baroque opera.-Professional career:Jan Kobow was born and raised in Berlin. He was a singer and soloist of the Staats- und Domchor, Berlin with Christian Grube. He studied the organ at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and graduated in church...

     (1998), Franziska Gottwald
    Franziska Gottwald
    Franziska Gottwald is a German mezzo-soprano singer in opera and concert.- Biography :Franziska Gottwald received her first voice training at the age of 16 with Prof. Eugen Rabine and studied voice at the Academies of Music in Saarbrücken, Hannover and Weimar...

     (2002), Markus Flaig
    Markus Flaig
    -Professional career:Markus Flaig was born in Horb am Neckar. He studied sacred music and school music, then voice with Beata Heuer-Christen in Freiburg and with Berthold Possemeyer at the Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt. Since 2006 he has worked with Carol Meyer-Bruetting...


For a complete list of musicians who have been awarded in the competition see the List of prize-winners of the International Bach Competition.
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