The International "Bach Festival in Krasnoyarsk" is a pure delight of West European classical music and a unique educational project.
The tradition of holding the festival in Krasnoyarsk dates back to 2001. Then, for the first time, guests from Germany held workshops on choral conducting, solo singing, and shared their experience in interpreting classical music. Stefan Weiler, a German conductor and a permanent head of the festival, demonstrated his understanding of the performing traditions. Thanks to the Bach Festival the Krasnoyarsk young musicians were annually invited to take part in the European Music Festival (Stuttgart) and had the opportunity to perform in the best concert halls of Europe.
Also, Gesprächkonzert (a "talk-concert") with the conductor’s lecture on the symbolism, history and content of a musical composition was held for general audience.
Many of the outstanding classical compositions were performed at the concerts of the festival for the first time not only in our city, but also in Russia (The Mass in B minor and The Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach, the oratorio
St. Paul by F. Mendelssohn, etc.).
The unbelievable success of the International "Bach Festival in Krasnoyarsk" allowed expanding the geography of its venues. Thus the concerts were held in such towns of the Krasnoyarsk region as Zheleznogorsk, Achinsk, Norilsk, Nazarovo, as well as in the Republic of Khakassia in the town of Abakan.
Along with the invited German soloists the students of the Ivanov-Radkevich Krasnoyarsk College of Arts, the Dmitri Hvorostovsky Siberian State Institute of Arts and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic took part in the festival.