Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition
Submissions to the fourth annual Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition will be accepted beginning August 1, 2022. The submission deadline is midnight, Friday, October 7, 2022. 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. The Finals will be held at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center Recital Hall at 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2022, and will be streamed by The Violin Channel.
Grand Prize – $5000. Second Prize – $1000.
The Grand Prize Winner will be the featured soloist at the Island Symphony Bach Festival which will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Bay Shore, New York. (Snow Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023)
The winner will receive an additional fee of $1500 for this performance. The winner’s program for this concert will include an unaccompanied work by J.S. Bach (not necessarily the one performed at the Competition Finals), and an encore (by any composer) selected by the soloist. In the event the Grand Prize Winner is unable to perform at the Island Symphony Bach Festival, the Second Place Winner will be given the opportunity to perform at this concert.
The winner will also be the featured soloist at a concert presented by the renowned Amor Artis chamber chorus in New York City, date TBA. The winner will receive an additional fee for this performance.
Master Class Opportunity:
The Grand Prize Winner will also be invited to participate in a Master Class conducted by acclaimed baroque violinist, Rachel Podger, which will be held at the Staller Center Recital Hall at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Should the winner decline to participate, the opportunity will be offered to the Second Prize Winner. Should the Second Prize Winner decline, the slot will be offered to the other finalists. (See entry form for questions regarding Podger Master Class.)
All Finalists will be provided hotel accommodations on Wednesday, November 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn which is located on Stony Brook’s campus within walking distance of the recital hall.
The finalist who participates in the master class with Rachel Podger will be offered hotel accommodations for the evening of December 1, 2022, as well.
Please be advised that the Competition does not provide any stipend for travel expenses.
Applications Accepted: Beginning August 1, 2022 ($30 submission fee)
Submission Deadline: Midnight, Friday, October 7, 2022
Submission Form And Requirements: https://jsbachcompetition.org
Finalists Announced: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Finals: 1:00 pm Thursday, December 1, 2022
Master Class: 7:00 Pm Thursday, December 1, 2022
Island Bach Festival: 2:00 pm Sunday, January 29, 2023
Robert Mealy, violinist. Director of Historical Performance, Juilliard
Colin Carr, cellist. Professor of Music, Cello and Chamber Music, Stony Brook University
Arthur Haas, harpsichordist. Professor of Harpsichord, Early Music Performance and Continuo, Stony Brook University
Phoebe Carrai, cellist. Professor of Baroque Cello and Baroque Chamber Music, Juilliard
Ida Kavafian, violinist. Nina von Maltzahn Chair in Violin Studies, Curtis Institute of Music
What they’re saying:
The Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition has been such an important event for the development of my career. Through the pandemic until now, it has provided me with many performance opportunities, and has placed me in front of many esteemed musicians.”Inaugural Grand Prize Winner, Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong, first baroque artist to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant
The Barbash family has given a lot of thought as to how to allow people the space and freedom to perform at their highest level.”Juror, Cellist Colin Carr, Stony Brook University