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Tureck Bach Institute


About  |  Fellowship  |  Performances  |  Biography  |  Further Research


In order to ensure the continuation of collaborative projects, learning, and performances uniquely 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, combining two respected institutions dedicated to education and performance at the highest level.

Founded by Rosalyn Tureck (1913-2003)—a keyboard artist, teacher, conductor, scholar, author, and lecturer—the Tureck Bach Research Institute was dedicated to furthering research and performance of the music of J.S. Bach and preserving the scholarship, performances, and teaching of Dr. Tureck.

The Tureck Bach Research Institute holds materials amassed over Dr. Tureck’s nearly 80 year career, including manuscripts of essays, books, correspondence, and other documents, as well as recordings of her live performances, lectures, and master classes. These archives will remain housed at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound


Curtis has established an annual fellowship in honor of Rosalyn Tureck, to be held by a female student. The 2016-17 Tureck Bach Research Institute Fellow is Clara Gerdes.


Although she performed Bach on a wide variety of keyboard instruments (clavichord, harpsichord, organ, and even the Moog Synthesizer), Rosalyn Tureck’s trail-blazing performances of Bach on the piano were an inspiring influence on generations of pianists who followed. A key figure in reviving interest in Bach’s music in the 20th century, Rosalyn Tureck also performed a wide spectrum of the music of her own time, including works by Aaron Copland, Luigi Dallapiccola, David Diamond, Arnold Schoenberg, and William Schuman, many of which were written for her.

A student of Jan Chiapusso and Sophia Brilliant-Liven in Chicago and Olga Samaroff at the Juilliard School, she made her professional orchestra debut playing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and toured with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos in performances of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. She was the first woman to conduct a subscription concert of the New York Philharmonic and she also established the Tureck Bach Players in London (1957), and produced a Bach Tri-Centennial series of six concerts in Carnegie Hall in 1985.

Throughout her life, Dr. Tureck founded societies dedicated to the research and performance of Bach’s music and taught at the Juilliard School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Columbia University, and the University of Maryland. In 1970 she was made a life fellow of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, and in 1973 became a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.


Further Research

Tureck Bach Research Institute

Boston University
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound

Curtis Institute of Music Archives