Till Fellner

Austrian pianist Till Fellner’s international career was launched in 1993 when he won First Prize at the renowned Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey, Switzerland. Over a period of more than two decades, he has become a sought-after guest with many of the world’s most important orchestras and at the major music centres of Europe, USA and Japan, as well as numerous festivals.

Highlights in Till Fellner’s diary during the 2018-19 season will be debuts with three major European orchestras: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, London Symphony Orchestra, and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Further he will perform with the Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and at the Kulangsu Piano Festival in China. Last season Till Fellner amongst others performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Till Fellner has collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Kirill Petrenko, Claudius Traunfellner, Hans Zender, among many others.

In the field of chamber music Till Fellner regularly collaborates with British tenor Mark Padmore, with whom he premiered a composition by Hans Zender in 2016, toured Japan in 2017 and Europe in 2017-18 (amongst others with Lieder recitals in Vienna and Salzburg). Further he performs with the Belcea Quartet. In spring 2019 Till Fellner will tour the US with cellist Johannes Moser.

Over the past few years he has dedicated himself to two milestones of the piano repertoire: The Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach and the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. He performed the Beethoven cycle from 2008 to 2010 in New York, Washington, Tokyo, London, Paris, and Vienna. Furthermore, contemporary music is of great importance to him; he has given the world premieres of works by Kit Armstrong, Harrison Birtwistle, Thomas Larcher, Alexander Stankovski and Hans Zender.

The ECM label, for whom Till Fellner is an exclusive recording artist, has released the First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier and the Two & Three-Part Inventions of J. S. Bach, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano and, most recently, a CD of chamber music by Harrison Birtwistle. In autumn 2016 Alpha Classics released the recording of the piano quintet by J. Brahms with the Belcea Quartet, this recording received the “Diapason d’Or de l’Annee”.

In his native Vienna, Till Fellner studied with Helene Sedo-Stadler before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel, Meira Farkas, Oleg Maisenberg, and Claus-Christian Schuster.

Since autumn 2013, Till Fellner teaches at the Zurich Hochschule der Künste.

Ludwig Mittelhammer

German baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer received an early musical training as a boy soprano at the renowned Tölzer Boys Choir. From 2009-2015, he studied at the Musikhochschule in Munich with Frieder Lang and Michelle Breedt. In addition, he participated in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender and Edith Wiens.

After having won the first prize at the International Hugo Wolf Song Competition in Stuttgart in October 2014, Mr Mittelhammer became a member of Frankfurt Opera in the 2015/16 season and at Nürnberg Opera from 2016-2018. His operatic roles include Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Danilo (Die lustige Witwe), Schaunard (La Bohème), Papageno (Magic Flute) and Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus).

Concert engagements in recent seasons include performances with Bamberger Symphoniker, Munich Radio Orchestra, a tour with Concerto Köln (St. Matthew Passion), Mahler songs with the Orchestre de Paris under Jaap van Zweden, and Schumann’s ‘Paradies und die Peri’ with the Swedish Radio Symphony under Daniel Harding.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season included his debut as Harlekin in ‚Ariadne auf Naxos‘ and a concert of Gustav Mahler’s „Songs of a Wayfarer“ with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Orquesta Nacional de España under David Afkham, concerts with Zurich Sing-Akademie, as well as a European tour with Collegium Vocale Gent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Devoted to the Art of Lieder, Mr Mittelhammer made his recital debuts at London Wigmore Hall and Cologne Philharmonie in 2017. In the last season, he has given a number of song recitals together with his pianist Jonathan Ware at Essen Philharmonie, Munich Bayerischer Rundfunk, Kissinger Sommer Festival and at the Auditori in Barcelona, among others.

His first solo album with songs by Schubert, Medtner and Wolf has been released with Berlin Classics in June 2019.

Michael Volle

Michael Volle is one of the most sought-after singers of our time. The baritone is a mainstay at the most renowned opera houses in the world including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the State Operas in Munich and Vienna, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House London, Opéra National de Paris and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Berlin. Michael Volle maintaines a very special relationship with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where he recently starred in two of his signature roles: the title roles of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Verdi’s Falstaff, both under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. The hailed Wagner-singer is also a frequent guest at prestigious festivals such as the Salzburg and Bayreuth, as well as Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Michael Volle kicks off the 2018/19 season as Barak in Strauss‘ Die Frau ohne Schatten with the Staatsoper Berlin, where he returned making his long-awaited role debut as  Sir John Falstaff. He then performed Mandryka (Arabella) with Deutsche Oper am Rhein and returned to the Teatro alla Scala Milan singing Orest in Strauss’ Elektra. The part of Mandryka is also vehicle for his return to the stage of Munich’s Nationaltheater and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris. With the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Michael Volle sings Johanaan (Salome), before heading to New York to perform Wotan (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre) and Wanderer (Siegfried) in the Met’s Ring Cycle, under the baton of Philippe Jordan. The baritone closes the operatic season making his role debut as Nabucco in Verdi ‘s homonymous opera with the Zurich Opera and returns as Hans Sachs in the Bayreuth Festival’s performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Michael Volle is one of the leading interpreters of German repertoire. This includes the title roles in Wagner ‘s Der fliegende Holländer, Wotan/Wanderer in the Ring des Nibelungen, Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Amfortas (Parsifal) as well as roles by Richard Strauss such as Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Johanaan (Salome), Orest (Elektra) and Mandryka (Arabella), Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper (Lulu) and Wozzeck, both written by Alban Berg. Also, being an extraordinary interpreter of Italian repertoire, Michael Volle starred as Scarpia (Tosca),  with the Metropolitan Opera, opposite Anna Netrebko in the title role, the Vienna Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and as Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West).

Apart from his operatic career, the baritone sings concerts in the world’s most renowned concert halls and orchestras. His works regularly with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano, Maris Janssons, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Simon Rattle and Frieder Bernius. Michael Volle is also a dedicated Lied singer, and gives recitals with Festivals such as the Heidelberger and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, joined by pianist Helmut Deutsch. Michael Volle has also a close collaboration with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, they recorded a CD with Solo and Dialogue cantatas.

Numerous recordings on CD and DVD, live broadcasts to cinemas worldwide as well the film „The Hunter’s Bride“, based on the opera Der Freischütz, with Michael Volle starring as the evil Kaspar, document the artist’s legislating. Several solo CDs such as „Wagner Arias“ (Orfeo), a Song album with with Helmut Deutsch (Oehms Classics), „Michael Volle sings Brahms“ (Brillant Classics) as well as „Michael Volle: A Portrait“, released with  BR Klassik, top his discography off. Michael Volle was awarded with the German Theatre Price „Faust“and was named “Singer of the Year” by the magazine „Opernwelt“ (2008 and 2014).

Malcolm Martineau

Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal College of Music. Recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Solveig Kringelborn, Dame Felicity Lott, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Sarah Walker and Bryn Terfel. He has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall and at the Edinburgh Festival. He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aix en Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals. In May 2011, Helga Machreich founded Machreich Artists Management agency, which she runs independently. He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. Malcolm was the Artistic Director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder+ Festival. He was made an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.

Dr. Sabine Scharnagl

German E. Alcántara

The baritone German E. Alcántara, born in 1987, began his musical studies at the School of Music in Misiones, Argentina, where he got his degree in Music Education (Argentina 2012). The same year he also got a degree in Social Communication in the National University of Misiones. He continued his training in Singing and Choral Conducting at the National University of Cuyo-Mendoza under the guidance of professors Silvia Nasiff and Ricardo Portillo. In 2014 he moved to Europe and continued his studies in classical singing with Rosa Dominguez at the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris. From 2016 he studied with Ryland Davies in the Opera’s Postgraduate Improvement Program at Reina Sofia School of Music.

Among his main teachers are: Ryland Davies, Rosa Dominguez, Sonia Prina, Milagros Poblador, Paul Triepels, Marcela Garcete, Pablo Pollitzer, Silvia Naiff, Victor Torres, Jorge Balagna (Singing) / Madalit Lamazares, Duncan Grifford, Philippe Biros, Yves Castagnet, Marguerite Modier, Liliana Diamand, Susana Cardonnet, Guillermo Opitz (Interpretation) / Emilio Rocholl, Ricardo Portillo, Silvana Vallesi, Henri Chalet (Choir Conducting). He attended courses on Singing and Choir Conducting with Margreet Honig, Helmuth Rilling, Guillermo Anzorena, Gabriel Garrido, Pablo Pollitzer, Hanz Peter Schurz, Nestor Zadoff, Mariano Moruja, Marilia Vargas, Mara Campos, Antonio Russo, Digna Guerra, Mark Anthony Carpio, Ricardo Ojeda, and Ricardo Barrera.

In 2013 he won 1st Prize in Singing in the Bach’s Competition («Primer Concurso Bach Joven») in the “Bach Collegium of Paraguay” (Jury: Donald Oglesby, Valentina Diaz Frenot, Jackelin Yugovich, Regina Cohen, and Diego Sánchez Haase.)

The same year (2013) he also won 2nd Prize in the «XV Competition for Lyrical Singing Students» («XV Concurso para Jóvenes Estudiantes de Canto Lirico») in “La Scala de San Telmo” theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Jury: Irma Urteaga, Carlos Ure, Guillermo Opitz, Ana Sirulnik, Antonio Russo).

In 2016 he won the “Premier Prix” Concours Lyrique International Ad Alta Voce, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. (Jurys: Matteo Carminati, Sara Taldo, Alezander Swistounoff).  In Spain, the same year, he won the Prix “Artífex Proart” IV Concurso de Zarzuela de Valleseco (Jury: Isabel Rey, Lothar Siemens; Tilman Kuttenkeuler, Ulises Jaén, Isabel Costes, Carmen Acosta, Jeronimo Saavedra)

As a soloist he sung in different projects such as: Requiem and Grosse Messe (Mozart), Messe in G (Schubert), Misa a 4 (Esnaola), The Messiah (Händel), Membra Jesu Nostri (Bouxtehude), and the operatic  roles Uberto (Serva Padrona), Aeneas (Didon And Aeneas), Juan Pedro (La Rosa del Azafrán), Blas Infante (Elegía Granadina), Alférez Real  (Fiesta de Corpus Christi), among others. In 2007 he recorded MISA PALATINA, a CD with Music from the Jesuitical Missions, along with the Chamber Orchestra of the UNAM (National University of Misiones, Argentina).

In Europe (2015) he sang the solo part in Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini at Philharmonie de Paris with Lionel Sow, and baritone in Grosse Messe by Mozart at Rheingau Musik Festival 2017 with Rolf Beck. He was also selected by Martin Gester, Conductor of Le Parlement de Musique, to take part in the Generation Barroque 2015, and singing Milord in L’italiana in Londra by Cimarrosa (France-Belgium and Germany). Afterwards, he sang Marcello in Bohème by Puccini with Escales Lyriques, under the conduction of Paul-Emile Fourny (Ile d’Yeu and Gigondas-France), and the title role in “Don Giovanni” at Escales Lyriques Festival in France 2016. Recently, he sang Hermann & Schlémihl in Les Contes dHoffman at Metz Opera Theatre under the conduction of Jacques Mercier.

He worked as a Baritone voice leader in the University Choir of Misiones (Argentina, 2009) and in Coro Estable del Centro del Conocimiento de la Provincia de Misiones (Argentina, 2011). In 2009 he created the Ensamble Vocal Misiones and travelled performing around Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. He also sang in Coro Universitario de Mendoza (Cuyo National University, Argentina, 2012-2013), the Opera Choir of Colon Theatre (Coro Estable del Teatro Colón, Argentina, 2014), Chorakademie Lübeck (Germany, 2014), Coro Academia “ Teatro del Lago” (Frutillar, Chile, 2014).

Matthias Hoffmann

Johannes Leander Maas

Julien Van Mellaerts

New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was a Fishmongers Scholar studying with Russell Smythe. On graduation, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Before moving to London, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago, NZ.

This year, Julien has won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition as well as first prize at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Other awards include: Kiwi Music Scholarship and a Countess of Munster Award 2016/2017, winner of the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Song Prize, 2016 Brooks-Van Der Pump English Song Competition, and the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

Recent operatic roles include: Second soldier and second Nazarene in Salome at the Verbier Festival with Charles Dutoit; Dandini in La Cenerentola with Diva Opera; Schaunard in La Bohème as a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park; Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival; Le mari/le directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Mr Gedge in Albert Herring, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the RCMIOS.

Highlights this season include baritone soloist with the Royal Ballet in their production of Elizabeth, with performances at the Barbican and on tour, the world premiere of ‘Christmas Carol’ by Will Todd with Opera Holland Park, Schaunard in La Bohème with New Zealand Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin with the Cambridge Philharmonic, the Referee in Mozart vs the Machine for Mahogany Opera Group, recitals with Julius Drake in Madrid, performances at Wigmore and Cadogan Hall, baritone soloist in Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, and recitals at the London Song, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals.

Harry Rylance

Harry Rylance is a 21-year-old pianist that has lived and studied in Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Hungary, the U.S. and the UK. He started learning the piano at the age of 7 and four years later entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he studied with a number of outstanding teachers including the late Zoltán Kocsis. At 12 years old, he performed Mozart’s 4th Piano Concerto with the Liszt Chamber Orchestra in the Grand Hall of Budapest and also toured Asia as a featured soloist with the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra. He relocated to the USA in 2012 where he continued his piano studies in Boston and New York. His performances in the US include numerous solo recitals and acclaimed performances of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. He also performed live on “From The Top,” America’s nationwide classical music radio programme. Harry moved to London in 2015 to commence a scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Pisani Piano Award and the Mrs Doris Ethel Blake Prize. He studies with the Academy’s Head of Piano, Joanna MacGregor.


Special Concert | Christian Gerhaher

In cooperation with Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Lied Academy

Admission free for pupils and students
Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg
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Thomas Hampson & Wolfram Rieger: »Freedom!«

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Thomas Hampson (im Ballsaal der Stadthalle)

Final matinée »Neuland.Lied«: Tara Erraught & James Baillieu

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Vanitas. A Lied.Lab

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Reading: Rudolf Guckelsberger

Stadthalle Festivalzentrum

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Mark Padmore & Wiener Klaviertrio

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Ilker Arcayürek & Hartmut Höll

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A Schumanniade – with Martina Gedeck

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Symposium »The medicine for musicians and hearing«

April Fri 6th to Sat 7th, 2018
Stadthalle, Kammermusiksaal

A symposium of the University hospital Heidelberg’s ENT clinic in cooperation with the Heidelberger Frühling’s Lied Academy.

Already for the second time, specialists, musicians, audiologists and speech therapists from all over Europe are attending the Heidelberger Frühling to discuss current research results. Under the direction of the ENT Clinic Heidelberg, national and international experts will discuss topics from the field of »The medicine for musicians and hearing«, thus complementing the cross-genre approach of the Lied Academy Heidelberg. This year, the focus is on the prevention of hearing impairments in professional musicians and the restoration of hearing.

April Fri 6th Admission free
April Sat 7th € 30

Please register nina.rauball@med.uni-heidelberg.de 

You can download the full program (in German) here.

A cooperation with the University hospital Heidelberg ENT clinic