Bachtrack is a London-based international online music magazine which publishes listings of classical music, opera, ballet and dance, as well as reviews of these genres, interviews and general feature articles.

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Type of businessLimited company
Type of site
Online magazine, music website
Available inEnglish, French, German, Spanish
FoundedLondon, United Kingdom
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Key peopleDavid Karlin, Alison Karlin
LaunchedJanuary 2008


Bachtrack Ltd was registered on 3 December 2007 by David Karlin and Alison Karlin.[1] The website was launched in January 2008, the following month.

Bachtrack's event finder initially covered the UK only. In 2009, coverage expanded to include the US and Europe.[2] The finder permitted users to "search for events by date, country, city, festival, venue, work, composer or musician".[3] By 2010, the site listed 7,000 events and was being described favourably by both local London and national UK press.[4][3] Bachtrack's first mobile app was launched in late 2009.[5][6]

In July 2010, Bachtrack was named as no. 5 in Classical Music magazine's top ten Web Winners.[7]

Later in 2010, Bachtrack started publishing reviews of classical music to accompany its listings database. In 2013, a redesigned site permitted operation in French and German, with some original content written in those languages. Spanish was added the following year; however, the main language of the site remains English.

Database of event listingsEdit

Bachtrack's database of forthcoming performances covers events worldwide, although coverage varies by country, with the UK generally having the largest number of events listed. The content is crowdsourced, with many listings input by users, who are often the promoters of the event.[8]

Annual classical music statisticsEdit

Every January, Bachtrack publishes statistics about the performances listed in its database for the previous year.[9] These receive widespread media attention across the world, in many publications including The New York Times,[10] The Wall Street Journal,[11] The Guardian,[12] France Musique,[13] Clásica FM Radio,[14] and Izvestia.[15]


Bachtrack publishes reviews of concerts, opera, ballet and dance performances in a large number of countries, claiming to have published its 10,000th review in December 2016.[16] Bachtrack's reviews are referred to by other arts publications[17] and performers' websites.[18][19]


In addition to reviews, Bachtrack publishes general articles including previews of festivals and concert/opera seasons, as well as interviews with performers and industry figures. A number of interviews have sparked interest in the general media, including soprano Lisette Oropesa's statement that she needed to lose weight in order to be cast in the roles she wanted,[20] and tenor Stuart Skelton's comments about English National Opera.[21][22]


  1. ^ "Company Overview – Bachtrack Ltd". Companies House. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ "On the right track". Arts Industry. 20 November 2009. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b Christiansen, Rupert (18 January 2010). "Click here for the key to classical music". The Daily Telegraph. London. p. 30.
  4. ^ White, Michael (7 January 2010). "A valet service to get your 2010 diary sorted". Ham & High. IV.
  5. ^ Service, Tom (4 December 2009). "Has Bachtrack cracked classical music on your mobile?". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  6. ^ Jolly, James (February 2010). "Tune Surfing". Gramophone. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  7. ^ Stewart, Andrew (17 July 2010). "Who's hot and who's not in the world of music websites?". Classical Music. p. 22.
  8. ^ "Music-themed tourism: mobile apps are turning the volume up". EyeforTravel. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. ^ Bachtrack: Lenny Bernstein and Women Composers: the Bachtrack Classical Music Statistics for 2018 07 January 2019,, accessed 16 January 2019
  10. ^ Heyman, Stephen (21 January 2015). "Beyond Beethoven and Mozart, Twists in the Classical Canon". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  11. ^ Isacoff, Stuart (17 January 2017). "Why Do We Still Love Tchaikovsky?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  12. ^ Service, Tom (7 January 2015). "Classical music in 2014 – still dominated by dead white men's music performed by living white men". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  13. ^ Anastasio, Sofia (10 January 2017). "Les statistiques de la musique classique en 2016" [Classical music statistics for 2016]. France Musique (in French). Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Estos son el compositor y la obra más interpretados en 2016" [These are the composers and the works most performed in 2016]. Clásica FM Radio (in Spanish). 11 January 2017. Archived from the original on 15 December 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Названы самые исполняемые композиторы 2012 года" [The most performed composers of 2012 named]. Izvestia (in Russian). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Bachtrack publishes its 10,000th review". Bachtrack. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  17. ^ Locke, Ralph P. (4 October 2017). "Elder Conducts Lohengrin". Opera Today. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Benedetti's Stradivarius leaves footprint in the National Auditorium". 16 May 2017. Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Kristóf Baráti Reviews". Intermusica. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  20. ^ Sanderson, David (11 January 2018). "Lisette Oropesa says operas won't let the fat ladies sing". The Times. London. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  21. ^ Brown, Mark (9 March 2017). "La La Land music director to work with English National Opera". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  22. ^ Sanderson, David (27 February 2017). "Poisoned ENO is run by the wrong people, says top tenor". The Times. London. Retrieved 4 March 2018.