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Bachtrack was founded in January 2008 and is the largest site for live classical music. We list over 30,000 events each year in classical concerts, opera and dance and publish around 200 reviews every month from our team of around 120 reviewers based all around the world. We also interview leading singers and instrumentalists together with some of the stars of the future and preview festivals, competitions and new seasons.

Check our infographic Bachtrack at a glance for more information.

Our listings database is uniquely well structured, allowing you to search for events by place, performer, composer or even work. We work with many of the world’s top classical venues and organisations to maintain this service, and to make sure we’re as comprehensive as we can be.

If you’d like to add events to the site yourself, you can register and start doing so here – our basic listings service is completely free. Or take a browse at our listings or reviews. You’re welcome to contact us if you’d like more information on anything.

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Happy concert-going!

Meet the team

David and Alison Karlin founded Bachtrack with the aim of bringing more people into the concert hall to experience the wonders of live classical music, opera and dance. This remains our goal and we will continue to innovate and to use the technology available to us in every way we can to keep Bachtrack a site of major interest to lovers of the arts across the world.

David has a strong background in computing, from his early days in the semiconductor industry to being CTO of accounting software company Sage UK, via the creation of the Sinclair QL running professional audio companies for Harman International. He has loved opera since the age of five; when not reviewing it around the world, he can often be found listening to Italian opera in the kitchen as he cooks. He loves skiing, plays a mean game of tennis and many guitars.

Alison worked in the City as a fund manager, then left to have children, juggling looking after a young family and trading derivatives in the attic. As the children grew older she started Bachtrack with David. Alison is happiest with her nose in a book, singing choral music, playing tennis or cooking, or on a small boat on the ocean. She especially loves the music of Bach and Mahler. 

Mark Pullinger is one of Bachtrack’s editors. He is Chair of the Music Section of The Critics' Circle and member of its Dance Section. An experienced opera critic, with a passion for Verdi, he can often be found propping up a standing place at the ROH. He also reviews concerts and dance, with a particular love for Russian and French repertoire. Mark contributes to Gramophone and Opera magazines.

Elisabeth Schwarz is Bachtrack’s German Editor and Press Officer. Before moving to London she could most likely be found in the last row of the Musikverein or the Stehplatz at the Staatsoper Wien. She has a soft spot for Wagner, Schubert Lieder, French grand opéra and pastries.

 

Alexandra Desvignes is Bachtrack's Dance Editor. She studied ballet in Paris and completed her professional dance training at The Rambert School in London. She has performed for various ballet, opera, and commercial productions, as well as galas, fashion events and film. Alexandra has a BA(hons) degree in Art History and Literature, started writing reviews through English National Ballet's Dance is the Word blog, and writes reviews for Bachtrack both from London and Paris.

Musicologist, graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris, Tristan Labouret is Bachtrack's French editor, which he does from Paris. As a lecturer, writer and radio producer, he often collaborates with numerous institutions such as Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, chamber music festivals in Deauville , Compagnie Opéra.3, Orchestre de Paris amongst others. He regularly writes reviews for records in Classica magazine. 

Katia de Miguel  is Bachtrack’s Spanish editor. She studied Music Teaching and Musicology at Complutense University in Madrid while studying piano. She worked at Royal Palace Library, at Madrid Historic Council Library and at National Library of Spain cataloguing manuscript music. She also worked for EMI Classics and collaborated as a proofreader for Audioclásica and Teatro Real. She moved to London in the summer of 2013 and joined Bachtrack in January 2015. Her passion for music goes from Victoria to Daft Punk and she also loves walking and running.

Brought up in the Italian part of Switzerland to a Polish mother, Clara Colotti speaks French, German and English and Polish in addition to her native Italian. After many years of studying violin and ballet, she enjoys attending dance and chamber music performances. When not working Clara enjoys listening to electronic music and smashing Nicolas on the tennis court.

Laura Volpi is Bachtrack's content creator. Having studied singing as part of the choir of Teatro Alla Scala, Milano, in her native Italy, she has a soft spot for opera and ballet, but loves all classical music. A published author and magazine writer, in summer you can find her queuing for the Proms or in Hyde Park listening to Vivaldi while feeding carrots to squirrels.

Melanie Webb is Bachtrack's administrator. She has played the piano for many years and was brought up by a Brazilian mother with a love for the arts. She studied French and Spanish at Durham University whilst dabbling in a bit of Gospel Choir singing and salsa dancing. If she's not in the office you'll find her at the theatre, at an open mic night or dancing at a salsa convention. 

 

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We are Bachtrack Ltd, registered in England, company no. 06443197, registered office Unit 5, The Courtyard, 50 Lynton Road, London, N8 8SL, United Kingdom.