Anna Anstett

Ukrainian pianist Anna Anstett studied at the Donetsk State Academy of Music and as a DAAD scholarship holder at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and at the State College of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim with Prof. Wolfgang Bloser, Prof. Cornelis Witthoefft, Corinna Korff, Friedrich Rensch, Barbara Baun and Heike-Dorothee Alardt. She attended master classes with Henri Sigfridsson, Axel Bauni, Ulrich Eisenlohr, Burkhardt Kehring and Peter Nelson a. o. At the Moers Music Summer 2015, she won the first prize at the song duo competition „Deutsche Romantik im Lied“ with Lithuanian baritone Modestas Sedlevičius. At the international Brahms competition in Portschach am Worther See the duo was awarded the special prize of KS Gabriele Fontana. At the competition DAS LIED 2017 she was awarded as the best pianist.

Jóhann Kristinsson

Jóhann Kristinsson began his vocal studies with Bergþór Pálsson in Iceland in 2009. In 2015, he began his studies at the „Hanns Eisler” School of Music in Berlin with Prof. Scot Weir, where he received his Masters degree in 2017.

In 2017, Jóhann received the Icelandic Music Awards in the Category „Most Promising Young Artist”. He was also nominated in two further categories, as „Singer of the Year” and “Musical Event of the Year”, for a song recital he gave with pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz. That same year, he won two prizes at the international vocal competition „Das Lied”. In 2019, Jóhann won the prestigious International Vocal Competition, „Stella Maris”. He also received the Jury Award from the Wiener Musikverein.

While studying at the „Hanns Eisler” School of Music in Berlin, Jóhann received lessons from Thomas Quasthoff, Julia Varady and Wolfram Rieger. He has also received guidance from Thomas Hampson, Graham Johnson, Helmut Deutsch, Christian Gerhaher, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Deborah Polaski and Giacomo Aragall among others. From 2017-2019, he was a member of the young artist programme at the Hamburg State Opera. Since then, Jóhann has been invited back as a guest for several productions.

Jóhann has already worked with first-class conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Stefano Ranzani and Giampaolo Bisanti. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Halle and Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg are among the symphony orchestras he has performed with. He has appeared at the Schubertiade in Austria, the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival and the Dresdner Musikfestspiele.

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.

Clara Osowski

Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Her recent awards include winner of the 2017 Houston Saengerbund competition, the runner-up in the 2016 American Prize for Art Song, runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, and a 2016 Oregon Bach Festival Vocal Fellow. Clara’s passion for Art Song and collaboration is evident in her most recent premieres with Libby Larsen (Blood Moon) and jazz pianist Jeremy Walker (Alma Gentil). She is also the co-founder of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minnesota. At the competition DAS LIED 2017 she won the second prize.

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

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.