Since its founding in 1976 by conductor Michael Korn as a community-based project, the Bach Festival has consistently celebrated the music of J.S. Bach, in particular his larger vocal-instrumental works. In its early years, the festival rapidly grew to become one of Philadelphia’s preeminent producing organizations, with a wide variety of programs and projects, including media partnerships with WHYY Television and WFLN-FM and substantial education and community outreach, from scholarly initiatives to young artist competitions.
The Bach Festival has enjoyed a successful tenure of sustained growth and recognition under the artistic and executive direction of a number of talented individuals, from Dennis Schmidt to Jonathan Sternberg, to the organization’s current Artistic Director, Matthew Glandorf. At the time of Matthew’s appointment, it was clear that the Bach festival was in a re-founding moment as an organization.
Following several decades of shifting models, Matthew has returned the Festival to its roots as a producer of concerts with its own resident ensemble, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, a group of the region’s finest Baroque instrumentalists and singers. The Festival’s location identity has shifted from Chestnut Hill, where it began, to Center City, with its programs focusing on Bach and Baroque repertoire presented with well-researched, historically-informed performance practice.
Artistic Director, Matthew Glandorf
Bach Festival of Philadelphia
P.O. Box 22617
Philadelphia, PA 19110