2019 Bach Festival
The Seattle International Piano Festival (SIPF) is proud to present for the tenth 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 its 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, September 23, participants may view the itinerary page for performance time and venue assignments as well as other important information. Participants will not be notified by direct email.
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 the addition of one new performance category from last year’s Bach Festival.
Changes from the 2018 Bach Festival
- Baroque Keyboard Masters. Piano only. No works by Bach. Any composition or combination of pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude, François Couperin, Girolamo Frescobaldi, George Friedrich Handel, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and Georg Philipp Telemann. Works by pre-classical composers such as Rameau, Scarlatti, and Soler are inadmissible. (Participants wishing to perform a work by a composer not referenced above are asked to write to: email@example.com with the subject “Bach Fest: Composer Determination” to obtain permission before applying.) Cost $78.
The form is now online, accepting credit cards for application fees and online signatures. The form is available here: application form
2019 Bach Festival General Rules and Application
Application Deadline: All applications must be completed by 11:59 pm, Thursday, September 19. Click on the icon to the left to download a copy of the rules. Participants may find their performance slot shortly after Monday, September 23 via announcement on this page. Please do not inquire about time slots before September 24. Application Form
2019 Bach Festival Adjudicators: TBA
Helena Azevedo – 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… more…
Charrise Baldoria – Philippine-born pianist Charisse Baldoria fuses Western pianism with her Southeast Asian and Hispanic heritage, and integrates various art forms into a concert experience. Prizewinner of international competitions, she has performed in five continents, establishing a career as a pianist with multidisciplinary interests. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and Hindustani classical performers… read more…
Andrea DeGreiff-Beisser – began her musical studies at The Conservatory of Music in Bogota, Colombia. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Masters of Music in Piano Collaborative at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A member of the Piano Faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 2002 and currently a member of the Board of Directors, she has also taught in…. read more…
Julia Hwakyu Lee – has performed solo and chamber music in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Portland, Toronto and cities in Korea including Seoul. Dr. Lee is on the faculties of the University of Portland and Portland State University. Previously, she served on faculty at Southern Utah University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr.Lee’s many prizes and awards include the Chamber winner in Niagara International Music… read more…