"Understanding life with Bach"

The Bach Cantata Project 2023/24
of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart
From 14 May 2023

Gaechinger Cantorey
Hans-Christoph Rademann

1 year • 23 concerts • 60 cantatas

Musikfest Stuttgart 2024

30 May – 8 June, 2024

With Jeanine De Bique
(Foto) & Concerto Köln •
The King's Singers •
Philippe Herreweghe &
Collegium Vocale Gent •
Hans-Christoph Rademann •
Tim Allhoff
& many others

Season 23–24

Season's Concerts Stuttgart & Ludwigsburg
Bachwoche Stuttgart
BachBewegt!Tanz! & Singen! & Begegnung!
Musical Salon

Gaechinger Cantorey • Hans-Christoph Rademann

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Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart

Ensemble: Gaechinger Cantorey • Artistic Director: Prof. Hans-Christoph Rademann
Foundation under civil law • Founded in 1981 by Helmuth Rilling

June 24, 2024


Great joy: Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gaechinger Cantorey have been awarded the OPUS KLASSIK 2024 in the category "Choral Recording of the Year" for "Johann Sebastian Bach: The First Cantata Year" Vol. 1. The double CD on the hänssler Classic music label compiles Bach's first cantatas from his first year in office as Leipzig's Thomaskantor; the entire project is set to comprise 10 double albums.

March 9-23, 2025

International Bachfest Stuttgart 2025

In March 2025, the new International Bach Festival Stuttgart (made by Bachakademie) will bring together young and experienced artists from all over the world to engage in a dialog between Bach's music and other musical forms and contexts. Under the motto "Bach and Latin America", we invite you to a colorful, exciting program of music, dance and conversations. A meeting place for all generations, from baroque fans to the curious. A place for exchange and encounters, for rediscoveries and new discoveries. Subscribe to our newsletter now!

Bachwoche Stuttgart 2024

"With an overwhelming effect"

- said the Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung newspaper about last weekend's acclaimed performance of Bach's St. John Passion. On Sunday, the Bach Week Stuttgart 2024 came to a moving conclusion with this work in the Liederhalle. An entire week with a total of 21 events was dedicated to the dramatic Passion according to St. John. A summary in words and pictures.

Academy management

Michael Hörrmann becomes new managing director

The Board of the Bachakademie has appointed Michael Hörrmann as the new Managing Director of the International Bachakademie Stuttgart. He will take up his post at Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz on February 21, 2024. The historian Michael Hörrmann is an experienced cultural manager and has excellent connections in the city and state. We look forward to working with him and wish Michael Hörrmann a good start in our "well-tempered" environment in the building on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz.

New CD release

VISION.BACH – Vol.2 published

The second of ten double CDs in our VISION.BACH cantata project has been released and brings together four more wonderful works from Bach's first year in Leipzig. From the Feast of St. John to the 8th Sunday after Trinity, i.e. between June 24 and July 18, 1723, the Thomaskantor composed the cantatas "Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe" BWV 167, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147, "Ärgre Dich, o Seele, nicht" BWV 186 and ""Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz" BWV 136.

Musikfest Stuttgart

The concerts of the Musikfest Stuttgart 2024

From May 30 to June 8, the International Bach Academy will once again bring world-class artists and ensembles to Stuttgart. Performers include soprano Jeanine de Bique, the King's Singers and Philippe Herreweghe. The music festival offers much more than just top-class evening concerts – there are offers of almost all kinds. Anyone who has always to sing along to Beethoven's "Ode an die Freude" now has the opportunity to do so. Advance sales have started!

New CD release

Puccini! – Verdi!

Puccini and Verdi, the grand masters of Italian opera, both gained their first musical experiences in a church music environment. Our new CD combines the "Quattro pezzi sacri" by the 80-year-old Giuseppe Verdi with the lively Messa by the youthful Giacomo Puccini. The result is a rousing live recording of the concert from April 2023, featuring the Gaechinger Cantorey, the Dresden Chamber Choir, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Sung Min Song and Krešimir Stražanac under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann.

New in the Mediathek

Händel – »Jephtha«

"Jephtha" – Handel's magnificent oratorical masterpiece, which opened the 22-23 season, can now be experienced in all its glory in the Mediathek – as the very finest foretaste of the new season, which will launch another Handel oratorio with "Samson": Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gaechinger completely in their element!


Journal article about the Bach Academy

The 26th volume of the Yearbook on Music in Baden-Württemberg presents, among other things, a selection of music festivals and organizers in Baden-Württemberg. We are pleased to release a special online publication of the extensive article on the history of the Bachakademie and its music festivals, both in the original German version and in English translation, for edifying reading.


90th birthday of academy founder Helmuth Rilling

Milestones of his work include the founding of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart in 1981, the "Requiem of Reconciliation" in 1995, the first complete recording of the music of the Thomaskantor for the Bach Year 2000, and the Passion settings of four composers from four cultural backgrounds premiered in the same year. - On May 29, Helmuth Rilling celebrated his 90th birthday together with his family near Stuttgart.

Concert impressions

2023 – Ten years of BachBewegt!Tanz!

With two moving and acclaimed performances of Bach's St. John Passion at the Ludwigsburg Forum am Schlosspark on February 18/19, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the dance and music education project BachBewegt!Tanz! With a selection of pictures from the two performances, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all those involved on and behind the stage, to our sponsors, and especially to our terrific audience!


Film docu about BachBewegt!Singen!

In the 2021/22 school year, BachBewegt!Singen! reached its high point in cooperation with dm-drogerie markt: In May 2022, around 200 schoolchildren each participated in six concerts around Stuttgart. The focus was Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Creation," which Karsten Gundermann arranged especially for this project in view of the responsibility towards our natural environment. New in the media library: the moving film documentary by Andreas Kessler.

New CD release

Joseph Haydn – The Creation

Finally on CD: In his timeless classic, Haydn creates a musical world with such a variety of tonal means of expression that one cannot escape its radiance. Haydn teaches us to "see with our ears", we hear the creation of the elements, get to see the most diverse animals before our mind's eye and experience the birth of the first human beings: the miracle of creation.