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 two-fold: 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; and 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.

  • 30.12.2021: As of 1 January 2022, staff at the IFS headquarters in Zerbst will *not* keep regular office hours. Please contact us via e-mail - IFaschG (at) Thank you!

  • 19.12.2021: We wish all IFS members and friends of Fasch Happy Holidays - our gift to you is the 25th issue (!) of our newsletter Faschiana. We wish you all the best for the new year 2022, especially good health.

  • 25.11.2021: CANCELLED - Due to Covid-19, our annual Christmas concert featuring the "Johann Friedrich Reichardt" University Chorus under the leadership of Jens Lorenz and Jens Arndt, Sophia Greiwe, alto, and instrumental soloists of the Musikschule Zerbst could not take place on Sunday, 12 December 2021, 5 pm local time, Stadthalle Zerbst.

  • 06.11.2021: Elections were held during our 2021 AGM which resulted in the following changes in our Executive Board: Our new president is Heiner Donath; our new secretary is Kathrin Elß and Hans-Heinrich Kriegel and Bert Siegmund are our new members-at-large.
  • Heartfelt congratulations go to music journalist Claus Fischer who received the 2021 FASCH PRIZE today during a concert featuring Anne Schumann, 2019 Fasch Prize recipient, and her ensemble Fürsten-Musik (Katharina-Saal).

  • 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!

  • 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 December 2021.