Lied Academy at Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin

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.


Several alumuni and current scholarship holders of the Lied Academy are happy to be accepted at renowned opera studios from the 2020/21 season: mezzo-soprano Yajie Zhang (Lied Academy 2016 and 2019 as well as 2nd prize at the Lied Academy) will join the opera studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; bass Gabriel Rollinson (Lied Academy 2019) the opera studio of the Frankfurt Opera; mezzo-soprano Sofia Vinnik (Lied Academy 2020) the opera studio of the Theater an der Wien and baritones Michael Rakotoarivony (3rd prize winner of the 2019 »Das Lied« song competition) and Stefan Astakhov (Lied Academy 2019) are accepted at the opera studio of Vienna State Opera. Congratulations!

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.

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.


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.

Song Centre

Today Christian Gerhaher’s album »Myrthen« is released as part of the complete recording of Robert Schumann’s songs. The major project will include 10 CDs, which will be released in 2020 as a complete edition on the Sony Classical label. Co-production partners of this elaborate undertaking are the Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Heidelberg International SongCentre. For »Myrthen« Christian Gerhaher will receive an 2019 OPUS Klassik as Singer of the Year and the 2019 British Gramophone Award in the category »Solo Vocal« . Learn more »


Der Bariton Stefan Astakhov (Foto), Alumnus der Lied Akademie 2019, hat bei der Mirjam Helin Internatinal Singing Competition in Helsinki den mit 30.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis gewonnen. In der Jury saßen u.a. Vesselina Kasarova und Waltraud Meier. Der Bassbariton Jussi Juola, ebenfalls Alumnus der Lied Akademie 2019 wurde mit dem 4. Preis und 40.000 Euro ausgezeichnet.

2019 International Song Competition »Das Lied«

Thee 26 year old soprano Nikola Hillebrand from Germany has won the first prize of the International Song Competition »Das Lied«, endowed with € 15.000 donated by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation. The biennial competition, chaired by Thomas Quasthoff, has been held since 2017 under the auspices of the International Song Centre of the international music festival Heidelberger Frühling. Learn more »

Alumni News

Alumni of the Lied Academy celebrate successes at the National German Singing Competition: Soprano Theresa Pilsl, scholarship holder of the Lied Academy 2018, was awarded the prize of the Walter Kaminsky Foundation amounting to 2,500 euros. Tenor Julian Habermann (photo), scholarship holder of the Lied Academy 2017, received the prize of the Rosenbaum Foundation for the particularly convincing performance of an aria from the Baroque to the Viennese Classical period in the amount of 2,500 euros. Daniel Gerzenberg, scholarship holder of the Lied Academy 2018, received the pianist prize of 2,000 euros.

Duos of 2019 »Das Lied« International Song Competition announced

A total of 70 young singers and 51 pianists from 21 nations have applied for the next edition of the International Song Competition »Das Lied«, which has been taking place since 2017 under the roof of the International Song Centre of the Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling. 32 duos – each consisting of singer and pianist – were admitted to the competition. From 6 to 10 February, they will be able to demonstrate their skills to the jury (Chairman: Thomas Quasthoff) at the Theater Heidelberg. Tickets are now available.