Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart

The International Bach Academy in Stuttgart is a civil law foundation with approximately 20 employees and is headquartered in Stuttgart, organizes concerts and workshops at home and abroad.


In concert, teaching and research, especially work and person of Johann Sebastian Bach will be considered, but also its roots and its effect on his posterity. This includes regular commissioned works to be live on Bach's music in contemporary music.

Key activities of the foundation lie in the organization of several concert series, including the supra-regional radiating, annual Musikfest Stuttgart (until 2008 under the name " European Music Festival Stuttgart "). Furthermore, she is the bearer of renowned ensembles ( Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, JSB ensemble) and is dedicated to music education, among other things by organizing master classes, symposia and lecture concerts.


Founded as the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart in 1981 by Helmuth Rilling, who served until his resignation in February 2012 as academy director. His successor since June 1, 2013 Hans -Christoph Rademann. The longtime director Andreas Keller took over from 2008 Christian Lorenz before Gernot Rehrl with 2013 took over this function.

The foundation budget (2009: almost 6 million euros ) is to almost 25% by public funds ( City of Stuttgart and Baden- Württemberg) and funded otherwise by their own revenues, donations of Förderkreis with over 1,600 members and sponsorship of well-known companies.

International cooperation extends from the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene (Oregon ) over the brook academies in South America (Caracas / Venezuela, Buenos Aires / Argentina ), Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Sendai ), Eastern Europe (Budapest, Cluj, Krakow, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Prague, Riga, Tallinn) and Greece ( Athens ) to a long-standing cooperation with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


As Edition Bachakademie appeared to Bach 2000, the recording of the complete works of Bach in 172 CDs at Haenssler Verlag under the artistic direction of Helmuth Rilling.