Steffen Schleiermacher

Steffen Schleiermacher, pianist, composer, festival and concert promoter, born in Halle in 1960. He studied piano (Gerhard Erber), composition (Siegfried Thiele, Friedrich Schenker) and conducting (Günter Blumhagen) at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Academy of Music in Leipzig from 1980 until 1985.  He was master pupil for composition with Friedrich Goldmann at the Academy of Arts in Berlin during 1986/87 and for piano with Aloys Kontarsky at the Cologne Academy of Music during 1989/90.

Steffen Schleiermacher has concertized as a soloist with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and other orchestras under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Friedrich Goldmann, Ingo Metzmacher, Wladimir Jurowski and Fabio Luisi. Schleiermacher’s recordings amount to more than 80 CDs (e.g. the first recording of the complete piano works by John Cage) with different labels such as Hat Art, Wergo, MDG.

Concert tours have taken him throughout numerous European, South American and Far Eastern countries. Since 1988 he is in charge of the “musica nova” series at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, in 1989 he founded the Ensemble Avantgarde. He led the January Festival at the Museum of the Fine Arts in Leipzig from 1993 until 2000 and the annual festival „KlangRausch“ at the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk from 2000 until 2010.

Recent commissions include the orchestral works „Klangrufe 1-5“ (2012-2014) for Staatstheater Cottbus, „Felsen“ (2016) for the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and „Nach Markus.Passion“ (2015) for the Bachfest Leipzig and Kirchenmusikfestival Oslo.

Schleiermacher’s numerous prizes and fellowship awards include the Gaudeamus

Competition (1985), Eisler Prize (1986), Kranichstein Music Prize (1986), Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation Prize, Munich (1991), Fellowship of the German Academy at the Villa Massimo in Rome (1992), Japan Foundation Fellowship (1997), Fellowship of the Cité des Arts in Paris (1999) and  Chevalier des artes et letters (2010).

Jóhann Kristinsson

In 2009, Jóhann Kristinsson started his vocal studies at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts. There, he studied with Bergþór Pálsson until the year 2013. He took on his first role, the role of Pastor Torfi in the Opera “Ragnheiður”, by Gunnar Þórðarson and Friðrik Erlingsson when the opera was premiered in the summer of 2013. Later the same year he sang the role of Morales in Bizet’s “Carmen” with the Icelandic Opera.

From 2015 he has been studying at Hochschule für Musik, „Hanns Eisler” Berlin, where he has studied with Scot Weir and received lessons from Thomas Quasthoff, Julia Varady and Wolfram Rieger. He has also attended masterclasses and received guidance from Thomas Hampson, Graham Johnson and Helmut Deutsch among others. In the summer of 2016, Jóhann was a finalist in the international Schumann competition. In March 2017, he was awarded the 3rd. prize as well as the “audience prize” at the international song competition DAS LIED, in Heidelberg.

Jóhann is a new member of the international opera studio at the Hamburg State Opera.

Victoria Guerrero

After her piano studies with Prof. Dr. Tibor Szasz at the Freiburg University of Music, pianist Victoria Guerrero is currently deepening her studies in Lied with Pauliina Tukiainen and Prof. Matthias Alteheld. She attended master classes with reowned artists such as Anne Le Bozec, Helmut Deutsch, Axel Bauni and Jan Philip Schulze. Victoria Guerrero was a scholarship holder of the Becas Juventudes Musicales Madrid and the Freiburg University of Music. Last year, the versatile pianist could be heard at the Schumann Festival in Bonn and was awarded with the pianist prize of the Paula- Salomon-Lindberg song competition at the Berlin University of the Arts. At the competition DAS LIED 2017 she was awarded as the best pianist.

Samuel Hasselhorn

Starting in season 2018/2019 Hasselhorn joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, where he appears in various roles such as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) amongst others. His concert engagements include appearances at the Bozar in Brussels, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Barbican Hall in London, the concert hall of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, Theater an der Wien, DeSingel in Antwerp, and in the prestigious Camerata Musica concert series in Cambridge. Collaboration partners include pianists Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, and Justus Zeyen.

Highlights of his season 2017/2018 included debuts at the concert hall of the Munich Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall in London, in Frankfurt at the Hessischen Rundfunk, the Schubertiade Vilabertran in Barcelona, the Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, the Tonhalle Zürich and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Samuel Hasselhorn was a fellow at the Marlboro Festival in 2017 and was also invited both in 2014 and 2016 to be fellow at the Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute; as well as to sing at Carnegie Hall in Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues Series” in 2015. During his U.S. tour in 2017, he made recital debuts in Washington D.C., in New York City, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and with the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.

In season 2015/2016 he sang the lead role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann with the Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon. In season 2016/2017, he appeared as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni as a main stage member of  l’Opéra de Lyon, and he made his debut at the Leipzig Opera in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

His first two CDs “Nachtblicke” and “Dichterliebe²” were released in 2014 and 2018 on the GWK RECORDS label. His third CD will be released by Harmonia Mundi in May 2020.

Samuel Hasselhorn earned his degree in Opera Performance from the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media with Professor Marina Sandel and at the Paris Conservatory with Malcolm Walker. He received further musical influences in masterclasses with Kiri Te Kanawa, Kevin Murphy, Thomas Quasthoff, Helen Donath, Annette Dasch, Susan Manoff, Jan-Philip Schulze, Anne Le Bozec, and Martin Brauß. Samuel received grants from the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation, the Gundlach Music Award, and was recipient of the prestigious Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He currently holds the Lindemann Vocal Chair of Young Concert Artists in NYC and works regularly with his voice teacher Patricia McCaffrey.

Sheida Damghani

Sheida Damghani was born in 1986 in Shiraz, Iran. At the age of ten, she received her first violin lessons. At the age of 18 she received singing lessons by Hasmik Karapetiyan and later by Vijay Upadhyaya in the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tehran. At the same time she studied physics at the University of Mazandaran. In 2008, she began her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, where she attended numerous master classes, by Reri Grist, Margreet Honig and Rudolf Jansen among others.

In the Forum of HfMT Hamburg Sheida Damghani sang the Clizia in Handel’s Teseo, the Susanna in Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Poulenc’s opera Les Mamelles de Tirésias. While studying, the soprano performed as a Cupido in Orpheus in the underworld at the Kiel Theater and performed with Barock Hamburg as Venus in Mattheson’s Wedding Serenata. In 2014 she completed her master’s degree in opera with Prof. Carolyn G. James.

In October 2014, she sang Riehms Pasolini in Ostia at the Hamburg Staatsoper. »The loose manner in which Sheida Damghani used the coloratura acrobatics in Riehm’s »Micro-Oratorio« was a very artistic breakthrough.« (Hamburger Abendblatt)

During the seasons 2014/15 and 15/16 the young soprano was member of the operatic studio at the Komische Oper Berlin. Here she was seen, among others, as Papagena in The Magic Flute, Gerda in Valtinoni’s The Snow Queen, Frasquita in Carmen, and Barrie Kosky’s new production of Moses and Aron as the second naked virgin under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski. In February 2016 she could be heard as Ernestine at the KOB in Salon Pitzelberger at the Offenbach Festival.

As a member of the ensemble of the concert and theater St. Gallen since 2016/17, she is, among others, Pauline in the premiere of the first opera by David Philip Hefti Anna’s mask, Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Xavier Sabata as Orfeo and George Petrou as conductor, and as Anna In Loreley with David Alden as a director.

Akemi Murakami

Akemi Murakami, born in Japan, studied piano at the Kyoto University of Music and Art and with Prof. Felix Gottlieb at the Freiburg University of Music. She received her diploma at the University of Music and Theater Munich after studying with Prof. Helmut Deutsch and Prof. Donald Sulzen, Prof. Céline Dutilly, Prof. Siegfried Mauser and Fritz Schwinghammer. Masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Graham Johnson, Wolfram Rieger, Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber, Thomas Quasthoff and Justus Zeyen complete her education.

Murakami is a laureate and finalist of many important competitions, including »Schubert and the Music of Modernity« (Lied duo) in Graz.

She played at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg in 2010 and debuted at the Max Reger Days in Weiden in 2012. Additionally she was promoted by Yehudi Menuhin “Live Music Now” Foundation. She is an official companion for the ARD music competition and at the »Liedakademie Vienna« with Angelika Kirchschlager.
With her duo partner Andreas Burkhart Akemi Murakami has already performed numerous Liederabende. She is the initiator and artistic director of the cycle»LIEDERLEBEN« in Munich.

Marcus Creed

The English conductor Marcus Creed began his studies at King’s College in Cambridge, where he had the opportunity to sing in the famed King’s College Choir. Further studies took him to Christ Church in Oxford and the Guildhall School in London.

Stations along his way have been the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hochschule der Kunste as well as the Gruppe Neue Musik and the Scharoun Ensemble. In 1987 he was appointed artistic director of the RIAS-Kammerchor, which won numerous international awards under his direction. In 1998, he accepted a call to take up the position of professor of conducting at the Musikhochschule in Koln. Since January 1, 2003, he has been artistic director of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart.

Since 2003, Marcus Creed has been the artistic director of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, where he is particularly concerned to re-perform outstanding compositions of the recent past, including works by Luigi Nono, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm and Heinz Holliger to realize.

Marcus Creed is a regular guest at international festivals and regularly performs with special ensembles of Early Music and New Music. Since 2015 he has also directed the Chamber Choir of the Danish Broadcast.

SWR Vokalensemble

The Radio Choir of the SWR is one of the world’s renowned vocal ensembles. For seventy years the ensemble has focussed on exemplary performances and the development of the vocal music with passion and the highest singing competence. The choir’s sound and the enormous vocal and stylistic flexibility of the singers are unique and not only fascinate the audience, but also contemporary composers. Since 1946 the SWR has commissioned several compositions for his choir. The ensemble premiered more than 250 choral works, often making the impossible possible and the unthinkable conceivable. In addition to contemporary music, the SWR vocal ensemble is particularly devoted to the demanding choral works of Romanticism and Classical Modernism.

Marcus Creed has been the artistic director since 2003. Under his direction, the SWR vocal ensemble was awarded several times for his chamber music-like interpretations, including four times with the ECHO Klassik.

The choir’s passion for new vocal music is also a remarkable part of the choir’s academy, school projects as well as children’s and youth concerts. Several awards for the quality of their educational projects include the “Junge-Ohren-Preis”, the “ECHO Klassik für Kinder” and the “Leopold” media award.

Julian Riem

Julian Riem, born in Munich, Germany, studied with Michael Schäfer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and with Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. He continued his studies with Rudolf Buchbinder at the Basel Music Academy, where he received a degree in solo performance with high honors. He is the winner of international piano competitions in Modena and Florence (Italy) as well as in Madrid (Spain) and was awarded a scholarship at the national German Music Competition.

Julian Riem’s active concert schedule regularly takes him to Europe, Japan and the USA. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest German Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Bach Soloists Orchestra and the Kurpflzisch Chamber Orchestra. International festival performances include the “Festival Liszt-en-Provence”, Musica mundi in Brussels, the European Music Academy in Aix-en-Provence, the Sándor Vegh International Chamber Music Academy in Prague, the Rolf Liebermann Podium Hamburg, Les Muséiques in Basel, the Münchner Biennale, and the Munich Opera Festival as well as the Oleg Kagan- Festival, the Richard-Strauss-Festival Garmisch and the Rheingau Musikfestival.

Julian Riem is a sought-after chamber musician and Lied accompanist. He is a member of the Munich Horn Trio as well as the Velit Quartet and frequently collaborates with cellist Gavriel Lipkind, Albena Danailova, concertmistress of the Vienna Philharmonic, and soprano Ofelia Sala.

Raphaela Gromes

Raphaela Gromes received her first cello lessons at the age of four. Being only seven years old, she already accompanied her parents – both cellists – on stage. Her solo debut with Friedrich Gulda’s cello concerto in autumn 2005 was highly acclaimed both by the audience and the media. In consequence numerous concerts with the great cello repertory followed, e. g. with Kent Nagano and the Czech Philharmonic as well as with Christoph Altstaedt and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn.

In addition to her career as soloist she is also devoted to chamber music. Her chamber music partners are amongst others Christian Altenburger, Isabelle von Keulen and Mischa Maisky. Together with her duo-partner, the pianist Julian Riem, she regularly gives concerts throughout Germany and abroad.

Raphaela Gromes has already won numerous prizes: in 2012 she was first in the Competition Richard Strauss. In the same year she was granted a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation) and has been supported by Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now since then. In 2016 she was first in the cello solo competition of the German Music Council and became one of this year’s young talented musicians who receive special promotion (“Bundesauswahl Junger Solisten”). She was first prize winner of the Kulturkreis-Gasteig competition in 2012 and 2016 and also of the international Concorso Fiorindo Turin in 2013.
Raphaela Gromes is a graduate of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich where she studied with Wen-Sinn Yang. She started her studies with Reinhard Latzko at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2015/16. She took master classes with well-known cellists like David Geringas, Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Müller-Schott, Kristin von der Goltz, Wolfgang Boettcher and Peter Bruns, who accepted her as junior student from 2006 until 2010 at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig.

Raphaela Gromes’ cello is a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instrument of 1855 that is provided by a private benefactor.


Alte Weinfabrik Heidelberg

Numerous buses and trams (to Bismarckplatz + 3 minutes on foot)
multi-storey car park: Park One, Darmstädter Hof
How to arrive

Heiliggeistkirche Heidelberg

Marktplatz, 69117 Heidelberg

Busses 20, 32, 33

Car parks:
P8 Kongresshaus, Untere Neckarstraße 44, 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 11 min.)
P9 Am Theater, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 51C, 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 12 min.)
P11 Universitätsbibliothek, Sandgasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 6 min.)
P12 Kornmarkt/Schloss, Zwingerstr. 20, 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 3 min.)
P13 Karlsplatz, Hauptstr. 214, 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 3 min.)

Accessibility: infinitely accessible

How to arrive

Friedenskirche Handschuhsheim

Tram 5, 21, 23 or 24 to Hans-Thoma-Platz, change to bus 38 (to Tiefburg)


Heidelberg theatre

busses 31, 32, 35 (stop: Kongresshaus)
multi storey car parks P 8 Kongresshaus, P 9 Am Theater


Stadthalle Heidelberg © Frank Stefan Kimmel

Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg

bus number 30, 31, 32, 35 (to Kongresshaus stop)
multi-storey car park P 6 Kraus, P 8 Kongresshaus

How to arrive

Stadthalle – a venue of Heidelberger Frühling

Hotel Europäischer Hof Heidelberg © studio visuell photography

Hotel Europäischer Hof

Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 1, 69117 Heidelberg

Busses: 32, 33, 34 (Stop: Bismarckplatz);
Trams: 5 , 21 (Stop: Bismarckplatz)

Car park:
P5 Europäischer Hof, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 1, 69117 Heidelberg,
P1 Poststraße, Poststr. 7, 69115 Heidelberg (Walking distance 7 min.),
P4 Darmstädter Hof, Sofienstr., 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 4 min.),
P7 Galeria Kaufhof, Plöck 31 – 41, 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 2 min.)

Accessibility: stepless side entrance, lift, disabled WC on 1st floor next to the lift

How to arrive

Frauenbad Heidelberg © Frank Stefan Kimmel

Frauenbad Heidelberg

Poststraße 40, 69115 Heidelberg
Entrance 1: Poststraße 36/5
Entrance 2: Bergheimer Str. 45

Tram: 5, 21 (Stop: Altes Hallenbad )
Busses 32, 33, 34

Car parks:
P1 Poststraße, Poststr. 7, 69115 Heidelberg (Walking distance 1 – 2 min.)
P4 Darmstädter Hof, Sofienstr., 69117 Heidelberg (Walking distance 7 min.)
P17 Stadtbücherei, Poststr. 17/1, 69115 Heidelberg (Walking distance 3 min.)

Accessibility: Entrance Poststr. with ramp, entrance Bergheimer Str. at ground level, lift to reach the different levels (Frauenbad on the 1st floor), disabled WC on the ground floor near the lift (Euro key required)

How to arrive

Frauenbad – a venue of Heidelberger Frühling


Learn to listen: »The violins sound in spring …«

Learn to listen: Hans Hachmann, former music editor for Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk Broadcasting, will touch everything that has to do with violins and violinists in his little lecture: the finger vibrato, the stradivarius on the attic, the left hand pizzicato, etc.

Das Lied – International Song Competition

Come and join us!
With a competition pass (€ 60), you can experience DAS LIED up close – from the preliminary rounds in the Theater Heidelberg to the final in the Great Hall of the Stadthalle.
If you would like to visit only part of the competition: day tickets for the preliminary rounds (€ 10 / € 8) and tickets for the finals (€ 18 / € 15) are available at the box office.

Learn more about the jury, the participating duos from 24 nations and the schedule online at www.das-lied.com

Symposium »The Professional Singing Voice«

Heidelberg University’s ENT Departement, the Deutsche Stimmklinik Hamburg and Heidelberger Frühling organize a joint symposium on “The Professional Singing Voice” during Lied Academy 2017. It takes place at Kammermusiksaal/Stadthalle Heidelberg and is devoted to scientific and practical questions of vocal technique, vocal health and therapies as well as questions on timbre, psyche and the aging of the voice. At noon there is the opportunity to visit the open stage of the Lied Academy in the neighboring Ballsaal. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Markus Hess, Head of the Deutsche Stimmklinik Hamburg and Prof. Dr. Peter K. Plinkert, Medical Director of the University ENT Clinic Heidelberg.

Please register: Nina.Rauball@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Voces8 »In East and West«

The Knights New York & Wu Man

Chamber Music Academy

Admission free for students
Kammermusiksaal Stadthalle Heidelberg

€ 60 Chamber Music Academy Season Ticket incl. lunch concerts
€ 18 Chamber Music Academy Day Pass excl. lunch concert

s t i l l – a Lied play

A cooperation with UnterwegsTheater/Künstlerhaus/HebelHalle

a production by
Bayer Kultur

If you choose to buy tickets for five different events of our »Neuland.Lied«-series by telephone you will recieve 25% discount. Call us from Mo – Fri from 10 am to 6 pm: 0049 (0)6221 – 584 00 44. This discount is not available online.

Festival Academy: Lied

Admission free for students
Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg
€ 18 Day Pass |  € 65 Lied Academy Season Ticket

A cooperation with Heidelberg University

We thank
Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling

William Youn & Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra

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