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University of Fine Arts in Berlin in collaboration with the Early Music Society Berlin

International Berlin Bach competition 2013 for period instrument ensembles

· Berlin

Dear friends of Old Music,
you are very welcome to join us for the first Berlin-Bach-Competition. In 2013 this competition is dedicated to ensembles playing on period instruments. After the CDs were sent in 12 ensembles have now been singled out to perform at the international Berlin-Bach-Competition. The international jury is lead by Dr. Peter Reidemeister and includes Prof. Therese de Goede, Irmgard Huntgeburth, Prof. Mitzi Meyerson, Folkert Uhde, Prof. Dr. Christoph, Wolff und Prof. Christoph Huntgeburth. The final round will have three ensembles play music influenced and in relation to the court of Friedrich the Great.

Bach’s three most distinguished sons were more famous than their father in their own time and lived in Berlin a total of 43 years between 1740 and 1784. Their influence was crucial on Berlin’s musical culture and scene of the mid 18th century.
Decisive incentives were not only reflected and injected through their compositions, but also through their growing awareness as performing artists, mentors and authors of textbooks at academies for music, literature and philosophy attended by the enlightened bourgeoisie.
The Berliner-Bach-Competition is dedicated to their instrumental music and their engagement toward a sensitive, spontaneous, improvisational sound that touches the audiences heart.

The organiser of this first-time competition is the University of Fine Arts, Berlin, with the initiative of the non-profit organisation 'Early Music Society Berlin e.V.' founded in 2011. Their main purpose is the facilitation of Art and Culture, more specifically the assistance in the fields of education, teaching and research surrounding the area of Old Music. The organisation is focusing their commitment to the University of Fine Arts, Berlin.

Regulation for the Competition
Eligible for Participation:
- Ensembles playing on period instruments
- 3-7 players
- Average age of the group on 27th September 2013 = max. 30 years old

Participation is free. However, travel and loging expanses must be financed by the participants themselves.
Applicants are required to record and submit a single CD (approx. 30 min).
CD recording must contain one of each category:
- one piece by Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel or Johann Christian Bach
- one piece form the Berliner Schule
- one piece free of choice
The CD must be a live recording, unedited, containing no cuts or digital remastering, with a total length of max. 30 minutes.

Competition round (max. 30 min)
- Applicants’ choice with at least one piece of one of the Bach sons mentioned above

Final round (approx. 45 min)
- A programme in reference to the music performed at the court of Friedrich II.
Adaptations in the style of the 18th century are permitted, not all members of the ensemble have to perform on all pieces, pieces from the CD may be part of the competition programme.

The Berlin Bach Competition prize money amounts to a total of 17,500 Euros:
1st prize 10,000 Euro
2nd price 5,000 Euro
3rd price 2,500 Euro

Zusätzliche Informationen

First Day Wednesday, 25. September 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Second Day Thursday, 26. September 10-13 o'clock and 15-18 o'clock Finalists Concert Friday, 27. September, 5:30-8:30 pm Award ceremony 9:30 pm