Rosalyn Tureck (1914-2003) was one of the greatest musical artists of the 20th Century. Her brilliant, dedicated performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach were informed by the depth of her insight. Although she performed Bach on a wide variety of keyboard instruments (clavichord, harpsichord, organ, and even the Moog Synthesizer), her trail-blazing performances of Bach on the piano were an inspiring influence on generations of pianists who followed.

Keyboard artist, teacher, conductor, scholar, author, and lecturer, Dr. Tureck founded the International Bach Society in New York City in 1966 and the Tureck Bach Institute in 1981 to promote research and performance of Bach’s music. In Oxford, England in 1993, she founded the Tureck Bach Research Foundation, from which she resigned in 2000. Upon her return to New York in 2001 she reconstituted the Tureck Bach Institute as the Tureck Bach Research Institute. Its purposes include making grants and awards for research and performance of the music of J. S. Bach, and promoting the publication of Dr. Tureck’s scholarly writings. In order to ensure the continuation of collaborative projects and performances championed by Dr. Rosalyn Tureck, the Tureck Bach Research Institute merged with the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015, gifting its assets and intellectual property rights to the school and combining two respected institutions dedicated to education and performance at the highest level.


Dr. Tureck supported the establishment of the biennial Tureck International Bach Competition for Pianists, directed by her former student Golda Vainberg-Tatz.

Sixth TIBC was held in December 2019.


(1914 - 2003)


"I would like to send my heartfelt greetings to all the organizers and participants of the Tureck International Bach Competition for Pianists. As we all know, Bach is the cornerstone of the classical music who greatly influenced every single composer after him up to this day. Fortunately for us, Bach left a vast legacy of piano music which has been an integral part of every young pianist's education --and at the same time, one of the greatest challenges for most professional pianists. I believe that this Competition is a wonderful undertaking and hope that it will exist for many years to come."

   - Evgeny Kissin

Board of Directors

Golda Vainberg-Tatz, Chair, Artistic Director

Kati Gleiser, Assistant Director

Val Bukrinski

Damon Denton

Thomas Hesse

Dan Kahn

Igor Kissin*

Martin Labazevich

Guillermo Mena

Catherine Schwartz


*In memoriam

Advisory Board

Bella Davidovich

Janina Fialkowska

Horacio Gutiérrez

Wu Han

Sharon Isbin

Andre Michel Schub

Jeffrey Swann


Rosalyn Tureck Through the Years

Evgeny Kissin

Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition 2017 ~ Tony Siqi Yun

Our Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors, the  Augustine Foundation, Maestro Evgeny Kissin, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at The Lincoln Center, 

The Kern Foundation "Aspiration", Steinway and Sons,  Studio UG, Commercial Art Creation Services, Classy Websites, for our Website Design, and The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artist program on WQXR  for their generous support.

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For all inquiries regarding the competition repertoire, requirements or any
other questions,
please contact us at tureckbach@gmail.com

Tureck International Bach Competition
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New York, NY 10023 USA



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