Young Bach Fellowship

Young Bach Fellowship

The Bach Society’s young talent programme

The Netherlands Bach Society set up the Young Bach Fellowship in 2013. It provides a platform for young musicians who want to develop further in Baroque music. They also receive coaching in the entrepreneurship skills that are required of professional musicians today.

Participants in the Young Bach Fellowship get the opportunity to perform in a production by the Bach Society. They are allocated a mentor, receive coaching and are given support by the marketing and production departments. The fellowship is a breeding ground where talented youngsters are given the scope to experiment, develop and enter into new collaborations.

These are the fellows in concert seasons 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022:

 Amelia Berridge, soprano Oscar Verhaar, countertenor Jasper Dijkstra, tenor
 Jaap van der Wel, bass Takuto Takagishi, violin Manja Kruidhof-Okkerse, violin
 Alaia Ferran, viola Carlos Leal Cardin, cello Yussif Barakat, double bass
 Katharina Verhaar, oboe David Westcombe, traverso Masako Awaji, harpsichord

During concert seasons 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, the fellows will take part in the following projects:
Concerto Supergrosso (spring 2020), just instrumentalists.
Bach to the future (February 21, 2021). Unfortunately, this concert has been canceled. In May, this program will be recorded for the young talent project of AVROTROS Klassiek. Mayumi Sargent Harada (violin) take part in this project, replacing Takuto Takagishi.

In recent years, the Young Bach Fellowship has received support from the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund. The foundation of the Jos van Veldhoven Fund has made further resources available for continuing the Young Bach Fellowship. The Young Bach Fellowship receives also support from the Dioraphte Foundation, Institute Gak and The Prince Bernhard Culture Fund.

Would you like to have more information?
Please contact Hilde Van Ruymbeke through

Would you like to make a financial contribution to the Young Bach Fellowship?
Please contact Liza Westendorp (Head of Development) through She will be happy to discuss all the options with you.