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Applications Closing for New York's 2023 Barbash Bach String Competition

The competition will be held at Stony Brook University, in Long Island, New York, on October 20, 2023 and streamed LIVE on The Violin Channel

Open to international string players between 16 and 30 years of age, the Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach String Competition is focused entirely on the unaccompanied string Partitas, Sonatas, and Suites of J.S. Bach.

The 2023 Finals will be held at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center Recital Hall at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 20, and will be live-streamed here on The Violin Channel.

Applications are to be received by June 10, 2023, and the finalists will be announced on Saturday, September 6, 2023. To apply, click here.

In 2023, the jury will comprise Cynthia Roberts, Colin CarrDaniel StepnerArthur Haas, and Ani Kavafian.

The 2023 Grand-Prize includes $5000 and performance engagements with the Washington Bach Consort, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Amor Artis, Gotham Early Music Society and the Island Symphony Orchestra.

The second prize winner will receive a prize of $1,000. Both prizewinners will also get the opportunity to perform in a joint concert hosted by the NYC-based Gothic Early Music Scene (GEMS). This concert will be streamed live, and the recording will be made available to the performers for their personal use.


In 2022, the competition was won by double bassist Nina Bernat, who was announced as one of the 2023 recipients of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Concert Artists Guild's 2023 Victor Elmaleh Competition. She joins violinist Rachell Ellen Wong as a past Barbash competition winner who has gone on to win the grant.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the competition, there will be a Gala Concert in NYC on December 1 that will include performances by past laureates, Rachell Ellen Wong, Lun LiTianyou Ma, and Nina Bernat.

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