The International Fasch Festival is a member of

Musikfeste Sachsen-Anhalt

"Entlich hatte ich gar die Verwegenheit, ..." (Finally I dared to ...)

This is how Fasch described his interest in, and focus on writing music that was in vogue during his lifetime.

The International Fasch Society Zerbst was founded in 1991. Its goals are twofold: 1) to research the lives of the Anhalt-Zerbst Kapellmeister Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) and of his son Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch (1736-1800), who was born in Zerbst and made a name for himself in music history by founding the Singakademie zu Berlin; 2) to popularize their neglected works by commissioning performing editions and organizing music festivals. The International Fasch Society contributes much to emphasize the importance of Central German Baroque Music in an international context. The "Freundeskreis J. F. Fasch" and later the "Arbeitskreis Johann Friedrich Fasch" in Zerbst and the Musicological Institute at the Kloster Michaelstein (Blankenburg/Harz) already promoted Fasch during the 1980s; the first Fasch Festival took place in 1983.

  • 16.10.2021: Heartfelt congratulations to music journalist Claus Fischer on receiving the 2021 Fasch Prize on 6 November 2021 in Zerbst (see below).
  • 16.09.2021: Our 2021 AGM will be held in person on Saturday, 06.11.2021, 2 pm CET, in the Fasch-Saal, Stadthalle Zerbst (the German "3G" Covid-19 protocol applies). At 5 pm CET a concert featuring Anne Schumann, 2019 Fasch Prize recipient, and her ensemble F├╝rsten-Musik, will take place in the Katharina-Saal. It includes the 2021 Fasch Prize award ceremony. Concert tickets are available from the Zerbst Tourist Information only.

  • 28.07.2021 - please note: since the 16th International Fasch Festival had to be cancelled because of Covid-19, there will be no summer 2021 issue of our annual newsletter, Faschiana. We thank you for your understanding and wish you a great summer.

  • 20.04.2021: CANCELLED - The city of Zerbst/Anhalt and the Executive Board of the International Fasch Society have decided to cancel the 16th International Fasch Festival in June 2021. Thank you for your understanding.
  • 15.04.2021: We wish you a Happy 333rd Birthday, dear Johann Friedrich Fasch, and hope you like the article that appeared in the local Zerbst newspaper today (albeit in German) in your honour!

  • 01.11.2020: In accordance with Covid-19 regulations, our IFS Headquarters in Zerbst/Anhalt are closed temporarily. Please contact us via e-mail until we reopen.

  • 10.10.2020: On the occasion of the IFG's 2020 AGM Hannes Lemke (Zerbst/Anhalt) was introduced as our new general manager, a volunteer position held by Dr. Inge Werner for many years for which we owe her a debt of gratitude. We wish her a happy retirement and look forward to a successful working relationship with Hannes Lemke.
  • 05.08.2020: Our annual newsletter Faschiana 2020 is here - we hope you enjoy it!
  • 03.08.: 220 years today, Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, born in 1736 in Zerbst/Anhalt, died in Berlin.
  • 30.03.2020: The 2019 Fasch Conference Report, Musik in Anhalt-Zerbst (Fasch-Studien, vol. 15), is now available in print! It can be ordered directly from Ortus-Verlag We hope you enjoy it (374 pp., 14 articles with abstracts in German and English).
  • 19.02.2020: The latest version of the Fasch-Repertorium (December 2019), the thematic catalogue of J. F. Fasch's vocal music (in German), can be downloaded for free here. We should like to thank its author, Dr. Gottfried Gille, for sharing it with us.

  • Faschiana
    The most recent issue of our annual newsletter, Faschiana, appeared in summer 2020. Since the 16th International Fasch Festival had to be cancelled in April 2021 due to Covid-19, there will be no summer 2021 Faschiana issue.