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  • The Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship is awarded by the City of Weimar. The successful recipient will be expected to explore and develop a unique project concept over the two-year period of the Fellowship, culminating in an artefact inspired by the example of Glenn Gould.

  • Their Project will be fully funded by the Fellowship and the recipient will be fully supported and mentored by the Fellowship team throughout the two-year period of the Fellowship.


The Applicant

  • The Fellowship is for an outstanding, professionally established musician.

  • By the application deadline, (i.e., on September 30th, 2023), the applicant must be at least 23 years of age - a mature artist with a visionary project concept that focuses on music from the Baroque period (constituted here to mean Western Music composed between 1600 and 1750).  


The Project Concept

  • The Project Concept must be unique, and capable of being developed into an artefact, which will be fully and successfully realised and preserved for future reference.

  • The applicant’s project concept must focus on a musical work (or set of works) from the Baroque period, by a particular composer or set of composers; must have a compelling musical vision at its core; must go beyond the obvious or the everyday, and thereby reveal something of that questing intellect mentioned earlier.

  • An example of a banal concept might be – I want to record a series of Vivaldi concertos. Whereas a better, more appropriate version could read something like – I want to tackle head-on the old myth that Vivaldi wrote one concerto 300 times. I want to unearth the extraordinary variety found in these works; I want to put together an original narrative, a new picture of what Vivaldi actually achieved throughout these concertos.

  • Challenging mythologies, common perceptions, or misconceptions and outdated ways of doing things, are always welcome – so long as they reveal a fresh conception of the music, that can be convincingly and persuasively realised.

  • In one of his last essays on Glenn Gould, the literary critic Edward Said placed Glenn Gould within a larger tradition, not of concert pianists, but of intellectuals. Said’s idea is that Gould thought and worked like an intellectual and in this way has more in common with figures such as Julien Benda or Jean Paul Sartre. The idea is that Gould thought both critically and independently about the traditions and practices which he found himself engaging with – and his work stands as both a critique and reconsideration of those same traditions and practices. The GGBF encourages work of a similar nature – work, that questions, broadens, challenges and re-shapes our understanding of the great musical inheritance of the Baroque period.


The Role of Technology in Projects

  • The purpose of using technology is to capture and enhance the project’s unique intricacies. When we say, ‘engage in technology in an innovative way,’ we mean using technology to bring out these unique qualities – while ensuring they remain musically focused.

  • The technology must always, therefore, be at the service of the music to help the artist capture their musical vision. It should never be an end in itself.


Completing the Artefact

  • Applicants should consider the final artefact produced on completion of the Fellowship. This will be placed in the newly designed Glenn Gould Bach Archive which will preserve and exhibit the artefact.

  • Artefacts can take many forms – but must be exhibitable in the Glenn Gould Bach Archive. These artefacts will be permanently preserved and publicly available. Therefore, applicants should aim to produce artefacts that will endure over time.

  • The GGBF team, is ready to work with each GGB Fellow – providing advice and support in every way they can – and to answer any questions with regard to the Archive.




Applicants  must submit their applications by email to no later than 17.00 GMT/UTC on September 30th 2022. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

Project Proposals should have a clear, realizable objective. Project Proposals that are too disparate, or that include too many objectives, are less competitive than those that propose a balanced, focused goal. Applicants should give consideration to the form which their completed project takes, and how the artefact(s) produced will bring fresh perspectives to the subject area in question. 

The Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship may only be awarded to an individual applicant. 

Collaborations within the project are welcome; however, applicants intending to work with a specific partner should be prepared to describe the scope of their partner’s collaborative work within the project.






All Applicants must submit two forms (which can be downloaded below) in PDF format:

 * Form One: General Application Form *

The General application form consists of three parts: personal details; a biography; and an outline of work. 

Personal details

Applicants will need to provide basic information such as their name, date of birth, contact details, etc. 


Applicants should give a brief narrative account of their career, describing their previous accomplishments. This account should mention prizes, honors, awards and significant grants or fellowships that the applicant has held or now holds. It should also outline their experience as a professional performer – naming all significant venues they have performed in alongside collaborations, concerto performances, solo recitals, they have undertaken throughout their career.

Outline of Work

Recordings / Films / Media Projects:  A complete list of professionally produced and released recordings and/or Films and/or Media Projects* is required (*media Projects can encompass anything from virtual or enhanced reality forms to special installations to unique multimedia projects). Applicants who have produced work within two or all three of the categories (as indicated above) should include a complete list of work produced within each category.


Applicants must provide hyperlinks to at least a one hour sample (overall / in total) of these recordings / films / media projects.

 * Form Two: Fellowship Project Proposal *

Applicants should submit a Fellowship Project Proposal (1,000 words maximum) focused on music of the Baroque (constituted here to mean Western Art-Music written between 1600 and 1750). In this they should outline what the fundamental goal of their project is and how they intend to achieve it. The originality and freshness of the project must also form a key concern; while consideration too must be given to the underlying philosophy guiding their project and how the completed artistic artefact(s) will bring a new perspective to the material in question.

When designing their project proposal, applicants must take particular note of the following: 

(a) Projects should have a clear objective and this objective must be capable of being supported by the Fellowship Funding.    


(b) Those applicants who already have a preexisting binding agreement or preexisting understanding (either formal or informal) with another partner that forms part of the realization of their project must disclose this in their application - and any financial commitments or understandings involved must also be disclosed. Failure to do so may jeopardize the overall application in question.


During the applications process, the administration of the Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship will sometimes request further clarifications and seek more information on project proposals submitted. This can also include questions on any aspect of the application.  







All applicants must complete the two documents below; then send both completed documents in one email to 

The two documents are: 

1, General Application Form (includes personal details, biography & outline of work)

Download here:  

2. Fellowship Project Proposal

Download here:  

For an application to be considered complete, it must contain both completed documents. Applications that do not contain both completed documents will not be considered.  

Applicants may submit additional supplementary documents which they deem helpful to their overall application. For example, Applicants may submit testimonials, references or an indicative budget outline if they feel it may help support their overall application. However, such additional documents should be kept to a minimum and should only be used to provide additional information not already covered in the principal two forms (the General Application Form and the Fellowship Proposal Form) and which is nonetheless pertinent to the overall application.  

There is no application fee. Simply complete the two principal documents and send to 

Applications for the Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship 2023-2025 must be received by September 30th 2022 at 17.00 GMT / UTC.


Please note that late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. 


The process of becoming the Glenn Gould Bach Fellow 2023-2025 involves three stages: 

Stage One 
A pre-selection committee will make a shortlist of applicants from the submitted applications. During this stage, the administration of the Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship may request further details on applications submitted - or may seek answers to pertinent questions concerning the Fellowship Project Proposal. After approximately six weeks, shortlisted applicants will then be contacted and invited for an interview before the Selection Panel. 

Stage Two 
Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place before a specially assembled international panel - called the Selection Panel - around the beginning of December 2022. If a suitable candidate is found, the chair of the Selection Panel will write to the individual in question inviting them to the third stage in the process.  

The decision of the Selection Panel is final and not open to appeal. The Selection Panel also reserves the right not to award a Fellowship following consideration of the shortlisted applicants, should it deem to do so. 

Stage Three
For the selected individual, the Monitoring Committee will then engage with this person to agree upon a schedule of work over the course of their Fellowship. In addition, they will finalize all the particulars of the project's parameters and goals. This process will take place between December 2022 and April 2023. The complete terms and conditions for the Fellowship will then be clearly laid out in a formal contract. 

Only upon signing the contract and thereby agreeing on the schedule of work, parameters and goals of the project contained therein, can the individual now be appointed and termed the Glenn Gould Bach Fellow (2023-2025). 

The contract and the various particulars must be agreed by April 2023. If agreement between the Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship and the elected individual cannot be reached by this date, in such circumstances, the Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship reserves the right to withdraw the original invitation.  

Glenn Gould Bach Fellow 2023-2025 
If the individual in question successfully completes all three stages as outlined above, an official announcement will be made at the Thuringia Bach Festival 2023 in Weimar, confirming that individual as the next Glenn Gould Bach Fellow.  

A complete application pack - with all the above guidelines for prospective applicants, information on how to apply, and required application forms - can also be downloaded here.

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