Thank you for your interest in the
Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition
Applications for the 2023 competition are no longer being accepted.
For the initial screening round, candidates will perform two contrasting movements of any piece composed by J. S. Bach for unaccompanied string instrument. (Partitas, Sonatas or Suites) Movements must be performed from memory. All candidates must be at least 16 years old and not more than 30 years old on June 10, 2023.
Performance should be videotaped with a single stationary camera. The musician’s entire upper body and instrument must be visible in the video. Editing of the tape is not permitted.
The selected movements will be performed with ALL REPEATS. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
The performance must not have been videotaped more than 1 year prior to submission.
The 2023 Finals will be held at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center Recital Hall at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 20, and will be streamed by The Violin Channel.
Finalists will perform any eligible work, with all repeats, in its entirety from memory. The work performed at the Finals does not have to be the same work performed for the application. However, the finalist must advise the Competition Coordinator what piece he/she will be performing within 7 days of being notified that he/she has been selected as a finalist.
All applications must be made using the form available on the Barbash Bach Competition website. No other method of submission will be accepted. A $30 submission fee will be collected at the time of submission. Applications without payment will not be reviewed.
The application forms, including all requested documents, videos/links, and payment must be submitted by Midnight, Saturday, June 10, 2023.
Candidates will be sent an email confirming the formal acceptance of their application.