2023 Competition Details
The competition is for string players ages 16-30, performing works (Partitas, Sonatas, Suites) by J.S. Bach for unaccompanied bowed string instruments. Modern and baroque bowed instruments are eligible.
- Jurors’ Concert: October 19, 2023 / Staller Center Recital Hall
- Competition Finals: 1:00 PM October 20, 2023 / Staller Center Recital Hall
- Fifth Anniversary Gala Concert: 7:00 PM December 1 / St. Luke in the Fields Episcopal Church, NYC
Grand Prize: $5000
Second Place Prize: $1000
The Grand Prize Winner will be the featured soloist at the Island Symphony Bach Festival which will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 28, 2024 at St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Bay Shore, New York. (Snow Date: February 4, 2024)
The winner will receive an additional fee of $1000. for this performance.
The winner will also be the featured soloist at a concert presented by the Amor Artis chamber
chorus in New York City, date and venue TBA.
The winner will receive an additional fee for this performance.
The Grand Prize and Second Place winners will be engaged to perform a joint concert hosted by
NYC based Gothic Early Music Scene (GEMS), date and venue TBA. This concert will be
streamed live. The archived video of the stream will be available to the performers for their
The winners will receive an additional fee for this performance.
Read the competition details here.
Lillian and Maurice Barbash
This competition honors Lillian and Maurice Barbash for their lifelong support of the arts on Long Island. No couple took more joy or was more devoted to promoting classical music.
We are sad to announce the passing of Lillian Barbash.
“Long Island’s First Lady of the Arts, she led the Islip Arts Council for 31 years, building it into a world-class presenter of classical music. Tens of thousands attended her free New York Philharmonic park concert every summer.....”
Honor Murray and Lillian by becoming a Legacy Donor and support young musicians and their enrichment of our communities.