Heidelberg String Quartet Festival

The four-day 16th Heidelberg String Quartet Festival entitled »Contemporaries« at the Old Heidelberg University of Education ended today with the final concert in front of a sold-out hall. It is regarded as a pioneering festival of its kind and in 2020 it once again attracted like-minded people from Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Düsseldorf or Cologne, from Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, France, England and the USA to Heidelberg alongside numerous quartet friends from the region. With around 6000 tickets sold for the 17 events, the capacity rate was over 96 percent.

Alumni News

Soprano Theresa Pilsl, Fellow of the Lied Academy, has won the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2020. The award, endowed with 10,000 euros, is presented annually by the city of Landau in cooperation with the public radio/TV SWR. One male singer and one female singer each receive the same prize money.

Visualizations Stadthalle

The City of Heidelberg has published two visualizations which give a first impression of the possible uses of the Big Hall of the Stadthalle Heidelberg after its renovation. Both pictures take up the perspective of the spectator. One motif shows the Big Hall with flat parquet flooring, one with rising rows of seats. Both constellations will be possible in the future, as both the rows of spectators and the stage elements will be mounted on lifting platforms.

Schubert Week

For two years now, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin have enjoyed an extremely fruitful collaboration. In the Schubert Week from 13 to 19 January 2020, curated by baritone Thomas Hampson, former and current scholarship holders of the Lied Academy of the Music Festival in Berlin will again be guests. There the young singers will play a leading role in the concerts and public workshops. Some of these events can be followed via livestream on the internet and on Facebook.

Petition delivery

Today the official delivery of the petition results »A House for Heidelberg« by initiator Thorsten Schmidt, Director of Heidelberger Frühling, to the Lord Mayor of Heidelberg Eckart Würzner took place. With the online petition, addressed to the municipal council of the city of Heidelberg, Thorsten Schmidt collected votes from 8 to 30 November for the progress of the planning process of the redevelopment of the Stadthalle Heidelberg »with the greatest possible transparency and without delay«, which was decided in September by the main and finance committee. 1 234 supporters had signed.

Petition Stadthalle

The city of Heidelberg has the opportunity to renovate the Stadthalle Heidelberg, thanks to patronage commitments, in such a way that the festival and concert hall meets modern standards in terms of technology, visibility, acoustics and the quality of the stay. On 25.09.2019, the city’s main and financial committee adopted a redevelopment plan. Thorsten Schmidt, director of the Heidelberger Frühling music festival, is calling for this project to be supported by an online petition. Go to petition »

Lukas Bärfuss

Am Samstag, 2. November 2019 wird im Staatstheater Darmstadt der Georg-Büchner-Preis an den Schweizer Lukas Bärfuss verliehen. Die mit 50.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung gilt als der wichtigste Literaturpreis im deutschen Sprachraum und wird von der Deutschen Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung vergeben. Beim Heidelberger Frühling ist Lukas Bärfuss am 26. März 2020 zu erleben: Er hält den Eröffnungsvortrag zum Kammermusikfest »Standpunkte« und trifft im anschließenden Gespräch auf Pianist Igor Levit, den künstlerischen Kopf der »Standpunkte«. Mehr »

Strong advance booking start

After the strongest advance booking start since the Heidelberger Frühling was founded, around 40 percent of tickets for the 2020 Festival have already been sold since the official kick-off on Monday. The opening concert I on 21 March 2020 in the Neue Aula of Heidelberg University is already sold out. Tickets for the other two simultaneous opening concerts are still available. The Long Night of the String Quartet at the String Quartet Festival is also sold out. Learn more »

Programm 2020

Das Programm des Heidelberger Frühling 2020 wurde heute veröffentlicht. Das 24. Festival findet vom 21. März bis 24. April 2020 statt und steht unter dem Leitgedanken »Unterwegs«. Der Vorverkauf beginnt am 21. Oktober. Zu den auftretenden Künstlern zählen Cellistin Sol Gabetta, Pianist Grigory Sokolov, das Orchestra in Residence Mahler Chamber Orchestra und sein künstlerischer Partner Pekka Kuusisto, Igor Levit der künstlerische Leiter der Kammermusik Akademie als und Thomas Hampson künstlerischer Leiter der Lied Akademie. Mehr »


At the ceremony of the German Award OPUS KLASSIK 2019 on Sunday evening in the Berlin Konzerthaus, numerous artistic guests of the Heidelberger Frühling will be honoured. These include baritone Christian Gerhaher, whose Schumann complete Lied recording is sponsored by the Heidelberg International Song Centre, the festival’s artistic partner Igor Levit, cellist Sol Gabetta, composer Jörg Widmann, soprano Nadine Sierra, clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer, the Signum Quartett, soprano Anna Lucia Richter, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Markus Becker.