Helmuth Rilling

July 29 – August 12, 2018

hosted by the Thuringia Bach Festival and the FRANZ LISZT University of Music, Weimar

For the fifth time the great Bach interpreter and promoter, Helmuth Rilling, invites young musicians from across the world to come to Weimar to study and perform Bach’s cantatas in their authentic location. In the four previous years, 70 musicians from 18 countries were chosen from countless applicants who evolved in the shortest time into an excellent choir and orchestra with immense enthusiasm and great musical talent. The concerts which followed the rehearsals were unforgettable experiences for interpreters and audiences. They showed in an impressive way what can be achieved by such a project in a historic location; to transmit the spirit of Bach and the core of his music to young people so that they will hardly ever be able to perform this music in their own countries without thinking back to this experience. With the Bach Cantata Academy Ensemble and selected soloists, Helmuth Rilling will again perform and explain cantatas in lecture concerts in summer 2018. At the centre this time are three of Bach‘s cantatas, the soloists, the choir and orchestra will also present their own concerts.



Helmuth Rilling — director
Founder and long-standing director of the Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach – Collegium Stuttgart, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and the Oregon Bach Festival (USA). 1985 – first complete recording of all Cantatas, 2000 – first complete recording of the entire works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Initiator of Bach Academies throughout the world.

Kathy Saltzman Romey — choir
Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Minnesota and Artistic Director of the Minnesota Chorale. Chorus master of the Oregon Bach Festival Choir. Longtime teacher and guest conductor e.g. with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Berkshire Choral Festival and Minnesota Orchestra.

Lorenzo Ghirlanda — assistant conductor orchestra
Studied trombone in Bern, Weimar, and at the Basel Schola Cantorum. Collaboration with Luca Pianca, Dorothee Oberlinger, Vittorio Ghielmi and Ivo Pogorelich. Conducting debut in 2008 with the Handel opera “Alcina” at the Handel Festival in Halle (Germany). 2015 founder of the Vox Orchestra in Frankfurt. In December 2016 Lorenzo replaced Helmuth Rilling in 3 “Messiah” concerts.

Rahel Rilling — violin
Studied with Michael Mücke, Yair Kless und Nora Chastain. 2005-2008, NDR orchestra Hamburg. Concertmaster for the Bach Collegium Stuttgart and a regular guest with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006, she founded her own chamber music festival in Hohenstaufen. Chamber music partners include Simon Rattle, Jörg Widmann, Daishin Kashimoto, Dávid Adorján and Amihai Grosz. She has appeared as a soloist with Orchestra Verdi in Milano, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz or the Simon Bolivar Orquesta in Caracas.

Erich Krüger — viola
Longstanding principal violist of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Professor for viola at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. Previously at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. Professor Krüger offers numerous international master classes.

Dávid Adorján — cello, continuo
Studied under Jan Polasek, Frans Helmerson and Heinrich Schiff. Solo cellist of the German Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Berlin since 1999, and instructor at the UdK Berlin since 2004. Chamber music partners have included Renaud Capuçon, Rahel Rilling, Jörg Widmann, Heinrich Schiff, Amihai Grosz and Paul Rivinius. He has appeared as a soloist under the direction of Christopher Hogwood, Michael Gielen and Mariss Jansons.

Nigel Shore — woodwinds
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music London, member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Karajan and Abbado before becoming principal oboe at the Komische Oper Berlin. Also principal oboe of the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Orchestra under Hartmut Haenchen. As a soloist Shore regularly performs in Japan, Middle East, America, Russia and throughout Europe.

Eckhard Schmidt — trumpet
First trumpet of the Hamburg State Opera and professor at the Musikhochschule Hamburg. Regularly active as soloist and instructor with the International Bach Academy Stuttgart among others, as well performances as with such conductors as Christoph v. Dohnanyi, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Roger Norrington.



Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantatas:
· „Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht“ BWV 105
· „Du Hirte Israel, höre“ BWV 104
· „Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal“ BWV 146

Choir-only programme
· Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach
· Herbert Howells: Requiem

Orchestra-only programme
· J. S. Bach: Suite for orchestra No. 1 BWV 1066
· Jean-Baptiste Lully: „Psyché“-Suite LWV 56



· 40 singers

· flute – 4 oboes / oboes d’amore / taille* – bassoon – organ – strings (5-4-3-2-1)
(*partly alternating soloists)

Julia Sophie Wagner — soprano
Lidia Vines Curtis — alto
Martin Lattke — tenor
Tobias Berndt — bass



29 July            Arrival and first choir rehearsal
30 July            Arrival and first orchestra rehearsal

03 August        Lecture Concert BWV 105
05 August        Lecture Concert BWV 104
06 August        Lied recital soloists
07 August        Choir and orchestra only concert
09 August        Lecture Concert BWV 146
10 August        Final Concert Leipzig
11 August        Final Concert Eisenach

12 August        Departure




Students as well as young graduates from around the world between the ages of 18 and 32 years are welcome to apply.

Rehearsals will be held in German and English. Participants must have a high level of proficiency in at least one of the two languages.

Participation is free of charge. The costs of accommodation in a double room and meals in Weimar as well as a travel stipend will be covered by the organizers.

The following travel stipend will be covered: 100 Euros for participants from Germany (except students from Thuringia), 350 Euros for participants from Europe, 1.000 Euros for participants from outside of Europe.

Active participants must pay a 40 Euro registration fee upon arrival.



Together with the application form, please submit a video recording as a Youtube link. If this is impossible for you, we do accept an application as DVD, mp3- or mp4-file as well.

Files of up to 5MB can be submitted via e-mail. Should this size be exceeded, please send a hard copy by post. Your family name must be included with the file name.

Audition recordings must be:
· made in a clean acoustic,
· the accompanying instrument play softly with the piano lid down,
· the singer is close enough to the microphone for a clear recording,
· the volume is controlled and balanced.

Please send your recording to:
Thüringer Bachwochen e.V., Krämerbrücke 3, 99084 Erfurt, Germany



· A piano-accompanied Bach arie in German
· Opening chorus of cantata 105 your voice part in tempo 1/2 = 94-100 page 6-10 letter C through letter F (Allegro „Denn vor dir wird kein Lebendiger gerecht“) | –> score: [download]
· Final Chorale of cantata 104 your voice part in tempo 1/4 = 76-80 page 20
–> score: [download]

· 1. movement of one Mozart concert
· one slow and one fast movement of a Bach-Partita or sonata solo

· C. P. Stamitz – Concerto in D Major op. 1 1st movement   OR
· F. A. Hoffmeister – Concerto in D Major 1st movement
· two movements of a Bach cello suite

· J. Haydn – 1st movement of the concerto in D
· two movements of a Bach suite

· 1st movement of one of the concertos by Dittersdorf, Vanhal or Hoffmeister

Oboe / Oboe d’amore
· W. A. Mozart – Concerto in C Major: 1st movement, up to mm. 97, no cadenza
· J. S. Bach – from cantata „Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis“  BWV 21, Sinfonia and Aria for soprano „Seufzer, Tränen, Kummer, Not“, mm. 1-8
add. for Oboe d’amore:
· J. S. Bach – B Minor Mass, Qui Sedes

· W. A. Mozart – Concerto KV 191, 1st movement: mm. 32-97, 2nd movement: mm. 6-26
· J. S. Bach – Orchestra suite No. 1 C Major BWV 1066, 1st movement (Ouverture): mm. 20-32 and mm. 48-69


The application deadline is April 1, 2018. Admitted participants will be notified until mid of May.



Christoph Drescher
Tel. +49 (0) 361 | 21 69 86 08

Kindly supported by
Freundeskreis Helmuth Rilling – Friends of Helmuth Rilling e.V.

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