Who We Are
The Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, founded by Helmuth Rilling in 1981, has been under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann (Akademieleiter) and Gernot Rehrl (General Manager) since 2013.With its ensembles, the Gächinger Kantorei and Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, it has become an internationally-recognised byword for high-quality musical performances and for communicating music. With the Musikfest 2016 the newly-founded Baroque orchestra and the newly-constituted choir of the Bachakademie will perform under the joint name Gaechinger Cantorey in the future. This single name for both ensembles is based on the integrated musical approach and sound of the Baroque. At the same time, by adopting a name rich in tradition, it makes reference to the successful performance history of the choir founded by Helmuth Rilling in 1954.
As a top-class international festival, the MUSIKFESTUTTGART opens the Stuttgart cultural season with a vibrant programme of events.opens the Stuttgart cultural season with a vibrant programme of events. The theme of communicating music in its many facets runs like a thread through the entire programme of the Bachakademie, and with BACHBEWEGT! receives a new emphasis in a wide range of projects developed specially for children and young people.
The Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart’s headquarters at Gänsepeterbrunnen in west Stuttgart, formerly the residence and business premises of the publisher Ferdinand Enke, was built in 1878/79 in the style of an Italian Renaissance palace. It is listed on the historical monuments register as a major example of Gründerzeit (early 1870s) architecture. Its architect Johann Wendelin Braunwald (b. 1838 Creglingen – d. 1889 Stuttgart) was a city councillor in Stuttgart. Before the building was taken over by the Bachakademie in 1983 it had to be extensively renovated.