Bach Competition 2017

Bach Comp


Victoria’s best young performers

Now in its eighth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach Competition is dedicated to young musicians passionate about J.S. Bach.

Come and listen to an array of budding young performers battle it out on stage and enjoy an afternoon of the Baroque genius.

Please see the above tab for entry information, competing guidelines and an application form.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2017 Bach Competition, dedicated to young musicians passionate about JS Bach is now open for entries.

Entrants will compete for the Richard Mills Prize of $2000 plus additional encouragement prizes.

This competition is open to any instrument/s soloists, duos or small ensembles (five or less) 17 years of age and under (at 1 January 2017). A minimum performance level of AMEB Grade 5 or equivalent is expected. Students from rural or regional Victoria are eligible for The Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award.

Competition repertoire will consist of any works of JS Bach not exceeding 10 minutes in total duration. The Competition Final will be held at Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday 25 June 2017. This event is free and general admission, however tickets will be required for entry.

Competition applications close Wednesday 24 May 2017 at midnight.

Please download competition guidelines for further application information.


For all other enquiries please contact 03 9699 2228 during business hours or email

2017 Bach Competition is supported by Richard Mills AM, The Newsboys Foundation, Australian Bach Society, Melbourne Recital Centre and an anonymous donor.


Bach Performance Skills Workshop for Young Regional Musicians

2017 JS Bach for Young Artists: Sunday 19 March 2017, 1pm – 4pm

Music students and specialist music teachers from regional Victoria are invited to participate in the Centre’s Bach Performance Skills Workshop, supported by the Newsboys Foundation. This workshop will be held in the Salon on Sunday 19 March from 1pm – 4 pm. Young regional musicians will have a unique opportunity to hear from expert musicians and develop Baroque performance skills.

Students will experience harmony singing with Choral and Voice specialist Dermot Tutty. Lecture and performance demonstrations will be given by Howard Penny (Strings), Philip Arkinstall (Winds), and Timothy Young (Piano & Harpsichord). Please note that this session is principally an information and demonstration workshop, and performance opportunities for attendees are not guaranteed.

All students attending this session are encouraged to enter the 2017 Bach Competition.

This workshop is recommended for instrumental and vocal students:

• Under the age of 17 (at 1 January 2017)
• With a minimum AMEB Grade 5 Level or equivalent

Attendance is free for students living more than 60 kilometres from the Melbourne metro area or outside of the metropolitan train network.


Places are limited and will be allocated in order of receipt.

For Workshop enquiries only please email

The Bach Performance Skills Workshop for Young Regional Musicians is supported by the Newsboys Foundation.