The INTERNATIONAL HANDEL ACADEMY Karlsruhe was founded in 1986 as a counterpart to the HANDEL FESTIVAL an the KARLSRUHE STATE THEATER to provide master classes with outstanding stars from the field of historical performance practice and academic symposia to accompany the artistic productions of the Festival, and to encourage young and talented artists.
The 32nd INTERNATIONAL HANDEL ACADEMY has had to face a drastic reduction in grant funds. We will be offering fewer courses than in previous years, however this concentration will give us an opportunity to work especially intensively between the courses. Once again, we have been able to attract some of the best artists in their various fields to lead courses.

Under the motto of Compact Handel, the ACADEMY will focus on the music of its namesake. Through close collaboration between courses by Anna Bonitatibus and Deborah York (voice), Anne Katharina Schreiber (violin) and Guido Larisch (violoncello), as well as Kristian Nyquist (cembalo), participants will be working on vocal music from Händel's Italian period and instrumental chamber music from his London years, then presenting this music in two public events.
In the future, the ACADEMY intends to focus on lesser-known areas. Under the title of Appeals – Objections, the symposium will take a critical look at some questions that might at first glance seem like self-evident facts, as well as some conventions in historical performance practice.

Michael Fichtenholz
Thomas Seedorf
Artistic direction


In the 32nd year of the International Handel Academy, the new artistic directors will be drawing parallels between Handel's early Italian creative period and his London period focusing on chamber music. They will be taking lesser known works into consideration beyond his major operas and oratorios.
Vocal classes will be a key focal point. This is a reflection of the large demand in this area over the past few years. This also shows that vocal music plays a key role in historical performance practice.

The Academy's intensive collaboration with the International Handel Festival at the Baden State Theater has been positive. Theoretical and practical treatments of Handel's works go hand in hand.
I am very pleased with the many young and talented artists graduating from the Handel Academy. This success is thanks to a grant that provides younger artists the opportunity to play alongside German Handel soloists at the Handel Festival. The International Handel Academy makes an important contribution to the cultural landscape of the city of Karlsruhe. I would like to thank everyone who has made this event possible, and I am looking forward to this year’s programm.

Theresia Bauer MdL
Minister of Science, Research, and Arts for the State of Baden-Württemberg