Despite the pandemic, the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin will once again focus on Schubert and his Lied oeuvre from 18 to 24 January – all events will be livestreamed. As in previous years, a two-day public workshop with scholarship holders from our Lied Academy under the direction of Thomas Hampson will take place in this context and in cooperation with the International Song Centre Heidelberg: On Friday, 22 January and on Saturday, 23 January, both at 3 pm. The young artists will present the results of their joint work in a final concert on Sunday, 24 January at 3 pm. Young Singers concerts during the week will also feature Fellows of the Lied Academy.
Due to the nationwide lockdown extended up to and including January 31, 2021, the 2021 Heidelberg String Quartet Festival cannot take place from January 28 to 31 as planned, but will be postponed to 2022. Four of the six quartets invited for this year have already been able to confirm their participation, as has composer and longtime friend of the Heidelberger Frühling Wolfgang Rihm, on whom the program will focus. Tickets already purchased will be fully refunded by the organizer Heidelberger Frühling.
Heidelberger Frühling is already planning two major events at the beginning of the year: The Heidelberg String Quartet Festival at the end of January, which is already sold out, and the biennial International Song Competition »Das Lied«. Due to the current development, digital alternative offers will be created with the media partners for the String Quartet Festival in case the events have to cancelled. In addition, the advance sale for the competition »Das Lied« will NOT start next Monday: Such a dense competition week with consistently 8-hour preliminary rounds and a final of several hours in front of an audience actually present would not be justifiable from the current perspective. However, since 2017 the competition has been offered via livestream, which has been very well received by a local and international audience of Lied enthusiasts even in the corona-free past.
The advance sale for the 2021 Heidelberger Frühling starts today. In order to comply with the pandemic-related event requirements and safety regulations, ticket sales currently cover around 30% of the usual seating capacity. Tickets are available in the Webshop (see Calendar & Tickets), by telephone on +49 6221 584 00 44 (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm) and at all known advance booking offices. The advance sale for the 2021 String Quartet Festival begins on 16 November.
The Heidelberger Frühling 2021 will take place from 20 March to 18 April 2021 and will celebrate its 25th birthday. A total of 127 events in 19 venues are on the program for this anniversary season. The 25th edition of Heidelberger Frühling has the motto »FESTspiel« and, over the four weeks of the festival, will focus on this topic from different perspectives. Guests are mainly artists who have been involved in the Heidelberger Frühling as companions over the past 25 years: Jörg Widmann, Martin Grubinger, Igor Levit, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Gabriela Montero and Anna Lucia Richter, among others. Tickets are available from 2 November.
Heidelberger Frühling announces two new colleagues: Annett Baumeister is head of the »Art and Innovation« division and, in consultation with director Thorsten Schmidt, is responsible for the program of Heidelberger Frühling, Heidelberg String Quartet Festival and the concert series »Chamber Music Plus« as well as the events of the International SongCentre Heidelberg. Previously she was the leading concert planner at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Christian Eckhardt will become Commercial Director of Heidelberger Frühling gGmbH from October 1, 2020. He is drawn from the Elbe to the Neckar: until the end of last season he was Administrative Director and Deputy Director of the Dresden Music Festival and successfully promoted the development of the festival under the direction of cellist Jan Vogler.
Heidelberger Frühling and cooperates with its colleagues from Enjoy Jazz for two concerts. The Festival begins tomorrow, 2 October 2. On 18 October, pianist and composer Hermann Kretzschmar, member of the Ensemble Modern, will perform his »Beethoven Scan«, a radically shortened version of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. On 9 November, the young pianist Johanna Summer will perform jazz improvisations on compositions by Robert Schumann. Both events take place at Alte Feuerwache Mannheim. Tickets at www.enjoy-jazz.de.
On the occaion of the »Zukunftsmusik fundraising campaign«, a total of 104,206 euros has been deposited in the account of the Heidelberger Frühling Foundation – many thanks to all donors! This sum has already been distributed to 231 artists – from solo artists to chamber orchestras – who could apply for support. »Far more than financial support: it is a great esteem«, says singer Benjamin Appl. After the cancellation of 2020 Heidelberger Frühling due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Heidelberger Frühling Foundation asked for donations for this year’s festival artists who got into financial difficulties due to concert cancellations.
Tickets for the 2020/21 season of the »Kammermusik Plus« series are now available. Due to the great demand for subscriptions (still bookable), there are only a few tickets left for all nine concerts in the 3rd and 4th categories. All events will be held in compliance with the then applicable assembly regulations due to the pandemic crisis. The Viano Quartet will open on 15 September. We look forward to welcoming you again! Go to Webshop »
Save the date! The 7th Heidelberg Music Conference will take place on 12 and 13 November 2020. Under the title »What Now? In Search of Tomorrow’s Relevance«, the Heidelberger Frühling invites participants to negotiate together, after months of collective distance and individual crisis management, what concerns us all, in a (self-)critical, visionary and solution-oriented manner. Does the cultural industry need an update? Do we need new synergies, new formats or other questions? Are the framework conditions for the production of culture (spaces) still valid? Further information on location, programme & guests will be provided at a later date. The event takes place under the then applicable regulations, registration starts on 14 September 2020. More »