Bach Festival Artistic Director Paul Goodwin to Step Down After 2021 Season

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After more than a decade of exemplary artistic leadership, Carmel Bach Festival Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Paul Goodwin will step down after the 2021 Festival, when his contact comes to an end, a decision made in January this year.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to lead the much-loved Carmel Bach Festival for more than a decade,” said Paul Goodwin. “I will leave with immense pride in what has been achieved with the collaboration of the board of directors, musicians, administrative staff and, especially, with the support of the community of loyal and generous patrons. The time is right for me to seek new artistic challenges and opportunities.”

“Paul brought historical instrument specialists to the Festival Orchestra, greatly enhancing the performance of Baroque and Classical repertoire,” said CBF President Cyril Yansouni. “He also expanded diverse programming, recruited crossover artists, commissioned new works, and narrated the popular family concerts. Paul’s energy, expertise and enthusiasm have helped us deepen the Festival’s special relationship with its growing audience and supporters, and the board of directors and I are grateful for his leadership.”

A search for the next Artistic Director, just the fifth in the organization’s history, will commence soon.

“I, too, am grateful for Paul’s leadership,” said Executive Director Steve Friedlander. “The Carmel Bach Festival has a strong national reputation, longevity, broad community support, a solid financial foundation, talented musicians, artistic relationships that span the globe, and the unparalleled scenic beauty of Carmel. Our momentum continues to build, and we look forward to a search process that will identify an outstanding new artistic leader and will capture the imagination and involvement of our musicians and patrons.”

The Festival is planning an exceptional 2021 Festival that honors Paul Goodwin’s leadership, July 17—July 31, 2021.