a) The competition will consist of three rounds open to public and will take place February, 22 – 26, 2021. Participants commit themselves to keeping the period February, 22-26, 2021 free from other engagements. The organizer must be informed immediately of any withdrawals from the competition.
Admitted participants from abroad can, if necessary, apply for an entry visa with the written confirmation of participation.
Participants should arrive and need to register in person on february, 21, 2021 in Heidelberg, Germany presenting a valid photo ID. On the same day the order of appearance for the first round will be drawn by lots and the actual programme will be advised. Both the order of appearance and the actual programme for the further rounds will be determined on the evening before each subsequent round.
Participants have the opportunity to warm up and practice during the whole competition. Exact rehearsal schedules will be made known upon registration on February, 21.
All competition rounds will take place in theatre Heidelberg, Germany.
b) For the 2021 competition, applicants (singers and accompanying pianist) shall prepare 11 songs each by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann and 8 songs by Aribert Reimann. Applicants are responsible for their own choice of works but need to consider that the chosen pieces have to add up to a playing time of min. 30 min (F. Schubert, R. Schumann) or respectively min. 20 min (A. Reimann) per composer. The choice of song cycles or parts of those by Robert Schumann and Aribert Reimann are allowed, the approved competition repertoire excludes explicitly all song cycles by Franz Schubert. Applicants submit a binding repertoire of 30 songs incl. an indication of the length of the pieces (in format mm:ss) together with their registration. Therefore the Subsequent changes of the repertoire are not permitted.
Songs must be performed from memory and in their original language. The jury reserves the right to interrupt any performance that overruns.
The repertoire choice of the particular competition rounds (first round, second round, final round) will be determined as followed:
3 songs from the submitted competition repertoire, entirely chosen by the participant, one song each by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Aribert Reimann, total length: max. 10 min
5-6 songs from the submitted competition repertoire, two songs therfrom to be chosen by the jury, remaining choice to be made by participant, min two songs by Aribert Reimann, min. one song each by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, no repetitions from first round, total length: 20 min
free selectable count of songs from the submitted competition repertoire, entirely chosen by the participant, at least two songs by Aribert Reimann, no repetitions from first and second round, total length: max. 30 min
c) The following prizes can be awarded:
1st prize winner: € 15,000.00
2nd prize winner € 10,000.00
3rd prize winner € 7,500.00
Winner audience prize in the final round € 2,000.00
In Addition a funding prize for the most promising future talent can be awarded to the value of €2,500,00
Lied pianist prize € 3,000.00
Prizes will only be awarded if there is an appropriate prizewinner. All prizes can be awarded as shared between multiple participants.
d) The winners of the competition will be chosen by an edgy jury. The evaluation criteria are as follows:
- technical ability,
- musical presentation (rhythm, phrasing, expression),
- voice quality
- artistic presence
The jury will decide how these criteria will be applied. The jury’s deliberations are confidential. There will be no explanations as to decisions made. The jury’s decision is final and there is no right to appeal.
No jury member will judge a current or former pupil. Should such a pupil participate, then the said jury member will abstain from marking the candidate in question. Participants are not permitted to make contact with the jury for the duration of the competition.
e) Prize giving will take place after the final round on the evening of February, 26, 2021 at the Theater Heidelberg, Germany.