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1st year of an international Bach competition
for children and youth

"The Bach Journey"logo akademie

7th - 9th November 2019

 

 

 

The year 2018 – 333 years since the birth of J. S. Bach – inspired us to establish the ‘Dobřany Bach Academy’ Endowment Fund. ‘The Bach Journey’ International Bach Competition for Children and Young People is intended to be an impetus for young people to realize that Bach‘s music provides broad creative space to all those with the courage to immerse themselves in studying this musical beauty.
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HONORARY BOARD OF ARTISTS
Musicians, who perform worldwide and are dedicated to J. S. Bach‘s music, decided to support our competition:
Ottavio Dantone, Borbála Dobozy, Christine Schornsheim, Andrea Marcon, Pierre Hantai, Barbara Maria Willi (harpsichord), Piotr Anderszewski, Garrick Ohlsson, Roman Rabinowich, Konstantin Lifschitz, Christopher Czaja Sager (piano), Mischa Maisky, Jiří Bárta (cello), Erich Bosgraaf (flute), Václav Luks (harpsichord, conductor), Catherine Mackintosh, Gil Shaham, Pavel Šporcl (violin).
 
A ONE-ROUND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION MEANT FOR PIANISTS UP TO 17 YEARS OF AGE
The competition will be carried out in the premises of the J. S. Bach Music School in Dobřany (Stromořadí 439, 334 41 Dobřany)
 
COMPETITION CATEGORIES (AS PER AGE ON 31. 12. 2019)
1. A1     up to 9 years old (inclusive);    time limit         4–8 min.
2. A2                      10–11 years old;    time limit       6–10 min.
3. A3                      12–13 years old;    time limit       9–13 min.
4. A4                      14–15 years old;    time limit     13–17 min.
5. A5                      16–17 years old;    time limit     18–22 min.
6. B1                   up to 17 years old;    time limit     24–28 min.
 
The competition is open in two basic groups: A (five categories) and B (one category). Pupils receiving private tuition and elementary school of arts pupils are in Group A, whereas students of music grammar schools, conservatoires and music academies are in Group B.
 

COMPETITION REPERTOIRE

1. Obligatory piece – one or more of the featured pieces by J. S. Bach

see the propozition: The Bach Journey

 

2. One or more pieces from the works of J. S. Bach of your own choice
– it is not permitted to choose compulsory pieces from any lower category.
 

3. One or more pieces from another musical style period from the worldwide repertoire of your own choice (we suggest featuring also a piece from your own country).

 
APPLICATIONS
It is possible to submit your applications until 10th October 2019 (inclusive): index_admin.php?active=88&lang=en
 
COMPETITION FEE
Until 10th October 2019 A1 – A3 CZK 1,000 / A4 – B1 CZK 1,200
 
Bank Transfer Details: Raiffeisen BANK 
Account Number: 673077002/5500
IBAN: CZ8155000000000673077002
SWIFT: RZBCCZPP
Reference for the Recipient: First Name and Surname of the Contestant. International Payment: Euro / SEPA payment – cashless payment from
                                      abroad, the fees are shared.
A different form of payment: cashless payment from abroad, the fees
                                               are payable by the Sender.
 
The competition fee is not payable by cheque.
No competition fee may be paid on site.
The competition fee is not returnable.
 
 

PRIZES FOR WINNERS

The A1, A2, A3 categories – 1st prize CZK 4 000 
                                         2nd prize CZK 2 500 
                                         3rd prize CZK 1 250 
 
The A4, A5, B1 categories – 1st prize CZK 6 000 
                                         2nd prize CZK 4 000 
                                         3rd prize CZK 2 500
 
ORGANIZER OF THE COMPETITION
Endowment fund „Bachova akademie Dobřany“ in cooperation with
The J. S. Bach Music School, Dobřany
 
COMPETITION PARTNERS
J. S. Bach Music School Dobřany, contributory organisation
C. Bechstein Europe s.r.o. Hradec Králové - general partner
 
CONTACT
E-mail: zusbacha.dobrany@seznam.cz
Web: www.zus-dobrany.cz 
 
JURY
Christopher Czaja Sager (Germany)
Concert pianist
Bernhard Klapprott (Germany)
Harpsichordist, organist, conductor, F. Liszt Academy in Weimar/Old Music Institute,
Ema Jedlička Gogova (North Macedonia)
Concert pianist, Elementary School of Arts in Brno, Smetanova 8,
Borbála Dobozy (Hungary)
Concert harpsichordist, F. Liszt Academy in Budapest,
Anna Kašparová (Czechia/Italy)
Concert pianist, organist, Randaberg School of Arts, University of Stavanger,
Tomasz Ritter (Poland)
Concert pianist, Hammerklavier, harpsichord,
Petr Šefl (Czechia)
Harpsichordist, historical instruments restorer, member of the Czech Music Council and the Association of Musicians and Musicologists in the Czech Republic

 

COMPETITION REPERTOIRE

1. Compulsory piece – one or more pieces selected from the pre-specified music by J. S. Bach

2. One or more pieces of music by J. S. Bach of own choice – it is not permitted to choose compulsory pieces from any lower category.

3. One or more pieces from a different musical era from the worldwide repertoire of own choice (we recommend that you perform a piece originating from your country).

 

COMPULSORY PIECES IN INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

A1 category     

Compulsory pieces options:

1) Minuet in B Flat Major BWV Anh. 118 
(unknown author, Piano Notebook for A. M. Bach)
2) March in D Major BWV Anh. 122 
(C. Ph. E. Bach, Piano Notebook for A. M. Bach)
3) Polonaise in G Minor BWV Anh. 125 
(C. Ph. E. Bach, Piano Notebook for A. M. Bach)

 

A2 category     

Compulsory pieces options:

1) Prelude in D Minor BWV 926 (Little Preludes and Fughettas)
2) Prelude in C Minor BWV 934 (Little Preludes and Fughettas)
3) Prelude in D Major BWV 936 (Little Preludes and Fughettas)

 

A3 category     

Compulsory pieces options:

1) Prelude in F Major BWV 928 (Piano Notebook for W. F. Bach)
2) Minuet in G Major BWV 843 (Piano Notebook for W. F. Bach)
3) Fugue in C Major BWV 953 (Piano Notebook for W. F. Bach)

 

A4 category     

Compulsory pieces options:

1) Invention in E Major BWV 777 and Sinfonia in E Major BWV 792
2) Invention in F Minor BWV 780 and Sinfonia in F Minor BWV 795
3) Invention in B Flat Major BWV 785 and Sinfonia in B Flat Major BWV 800

 

A5 category    

Compulsory pieces options:

1) French Suite in D Minor BWV 812 Allemande
2) French Suite in C Minor BWV 813 Allemande
3) French Suite in E Flat Major BWV 815 Allemande

 

B1 category    

1) J. S. Bach – Toccata in E Minor BWV 914

 

COMPETITION RULES

• The entrant‘s age on 31. 12. 2019 is relevant when included in a category.
• Playing from memory is not obligatory.
• The competitors may perform one of the pieces by J. S. Bach on a copy of a German harpsichord made to the design of the Michael Mietkeoriginal.

 

Full terms and conditions of the competition are available here: Competition rules