2017 Bach Festival
The Seattle International Piano Festival (SIPF) is proud to present for the eighth year the Bach Festival for pianists and violinists of any nationality, featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as other Baroque masters. This competitive event was created to provide performing opportunities for those who wish to share their love of Bach’s revered music and to provide performers with constructive feedback from performing and teaching masters. Participants will receive educational evaluations by performing for adjudicators, and a chance to receive medals and certificates.
We are honored to continue the tradition of the annual Bach Festival by it’s original founder, Jennifer Bowman, and hope to preserve her artistic vision. The festival has always been a wonderful educational and artistic opportunity for pianists and violinists in Washington and Oregon, and our mission is to see that it becomes an anticipated event each year.
Once submitted, the participant will receive a confirmation email including the information submitted on this form. Please check your bulk mail folder in the email account you specified in the form if you do not Immediatey see the confirmation.
Shortly after Monday, October 16, participants may view the itinerary page for performance time and venue assignments as well as other important information.
This festival sets forth narrowly defined age groups and specific genre groups so that participants may be fairly judged, and generously decorated. Those familiar with previous years should note a number of changes, including:
- CONTINUED VIOLIN PARTICIPATION: the addition of the Baroque Sonata and Concerto for violin participants (this was added during 2015)
- MINOR WORKS RE-CLASSIFICATION: the Italian Concerto, BWV 971, French Ouverture, BWV 831, and Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903 for solo keyboard have been re-categorized into their own category
- ADDITION OF PROFESSIONALS: we welcome professional artists to the 2017 Bach Festival
- REGISTRATION: the form is now online, accepting credit cards for application fees and online signatures. The form is available here: application form
2017 Bach Festival General Rules and Application
Application Deadline: All applications must be completed by 11:59 pm, Thursday, October 12. Click on the icon to the left to download a copy of the rules. Participants will be notified of their performance slot on October 17 shortly after Monday, October 16 via announcement on this page. Please do not inquire about time slots before October 17. Application Form
2017 Bach Festival Adjudicators:
Brazilian pianist Helena Azevedo was accepted at age six into the youth program at the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in Belem, where she studied music theory, history, and took piano lessons which became the foundation of her musical education. Her international studies have included degrees in piano performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Texas at Austin. Her piano teachers have included… read more
William Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanaian American and resident of Seattle, studied at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (UK), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Honour School of Music. He continued his piano studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music where he graduated with his Master of Music degree, and at the University of Texas at Austin… read more
Before joining the University of Oregon music faculty in 2006, Alexandre Dossin was a member of the faculty of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2001–02, and from 2002–06 at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Dossin’s principal teachers were Sergei Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and William Race and Gregory Allen at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1997 Dossin was the youngest… read more