Master Class Leipzig 2018

on performing works by Johann Sebastian Bach (February 14–18, 2018)


Piano: Robert Levin
Harpsichord: Andreas Staier
Violin/Baroque violin: Chiara Banchini


Pieces from the programme of the Bach Competition 2018 (free choice from the repertory listed below)

Johann Sebastian Bach
1) Preludes and fugues from the following selection: BWV 848–850, BWV 856–861, BWV 863–865, BWV 868–869, BWV 872–874, BWV 876–880, BWV 883–893
from: Wohltemperiertes Klavier, Book I and II
2) English Suites, BWV 806–811
3) French Suites, BWV 812–817
4) Six Partitas, BWV 825–830 (except Partita 1, BWV 825)
6) French Overture B minor, BWV 831
7) Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue D minor, BWV 903
8) Italian Concerto F major, BWV 971
9) Concerto D minor, BWV 1052, Concerto E major, BWV 1053, Concerto D major, BWV 1054

1) Johann Sebastian Bach
English Suites, BWV 806–811
2) Francois Couperin
Pieces of the competitor’s choice
from: Second livre de Pièces de clavecin

Violin/baroque violin
free choice from the competition programme

Eligible Participants

Students and graduates of music academies
Accepted forms of proof include: recent undergraduate or graduate level transcript or copy of an undergraduate or graduate diploma


Application deadline: November 15, 2017
You can find the application form here. Please fill it in and send it to

Participation Fee
- active participation: € 150,00
- passive participation: € 100,00
- students at HMT: € 50,00

The participation fee is to be remitted free of all charges for the recipient by January 15, 2018 to the following bank account.
Bach-Archiv Leipzig
Bank: Sparkasse Leipzig
IBAN: DE39 8605 5592 1100 9010 07
Purpose of payment: Master Class 2018 + Name of participant
Please note that the participation fee will not be refunded in the event that a participant withdraws from the Master Class.


The number of active participants is limited to a maximum of 10 in each category. The teachers for the individual categories shall choose entrants to participate actively in the Master Class on the basis of the submitted videos. A video with a work by Johann Sebastian Bach of the candidate’s choice must be submitted.
This video has to be send by file transfer (WeTransfer or Filemail) to (the name of the file must include the name of the candidate). The decision by the teachers about active participation will be send to applicants by December 20, 2017.


February 14–18, 10.00 am and 3.00 pm: master class session (open to the public, no entrance fee)
Piano: University of Music and Theatre, Great Hall
Harpsichord: Bach-Archiv, Sommersaal
Violin/Baroque violin: University of Music and Theatre, Chamber Music Hall
Februar 18, 3.00 pm: presentation of results (open to the public, no entrance fee)

Organized by

Bach-Archiv Leipzig, a German civil law foundation
in cooperation with University of Music and Theatre »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig
supported by the City of Leipzig

Hotel partner

Seaside Park Hotel Leipzig
Richard-Wagner-Straße 7, 04109 Leipzig
Please book with the code »Meisterkurs« before January 31, 2018.