Lied Academy 2021/22 – Applications are open NOW!

The Lied Academy of the International Song Center Heidelberg is a place of inspiration and intensive musical exchange for young singers and pianists  all over the world. In October 2021, the academy will start a new edition of its year-round funding program! The 15 selected scholarship holders have the opportunity to take part in four modules of the Lied Academy in Heidelberg and Berlin free of charge. The offer includes master classes with Thomas Hampson and well-known co-lecturers in the field of song composition and interpretation. In addition, the Lied Academy offers a diverse framework program of workshops, coaching and discussion formats that deal with topics such as language coaching, content-related deepening, career management, concert programming, mental training, etc.


The new project “Lied Me!” invests in the future and tests new ways of storytelling in the digital space.

When a crisis takes us by surprise, we are forced to rethink. Questions have to be asked differently, problems solved differently, needs satisfied differently. It is precisely then that we all long for people who provide answers, who know the way out, who shape our future for us: Decision-makers, experts, leaders. But how much of what we are looking for is actually within ourselves? “Lied Me!” is looking for new ways to rethink art – or more precisely, the aesthetic experience of song – in the digital space. And it does so out of our own artistic potential, which needs to be set free. Eleven young scholarship holders and alumni of the Lied Academy, i.e. singers and pianists, accompanied by three renowned curators over several months so that the art genre of song can unfold in nine short films. The question on everyone’s mind in this project: How do we get people addicted to song? And how can the digital space help us do that?

So that the genre of song, for which the young song interpreters are so passionate, can ignite even more people? No one knows what will be at the end of this creative journey. Nine moving image productions, yes. But what they will look like, what story they will tell, remains to be seen.

»Neuland.Lied« will premiere in June 2022

Up until now »Neuland.Lied« was the platform for new interdisciplinary song formats within the festival Heidelberger Frühling. This year it should have celebrated its premiere as an independent festival from June 11th to 15th. Despite the positive development of the pandemic, it has to be canceled: Many concert programs were specially designed for the new festival and would have required longer rehearsal processes, which could not be carried out under lockdown conditions. And the constantly changing arrival and return travel regulations for artists living abroad have made reliable planning impossible. »Neuland.Lied« will therefore be launched for the first time in June 2022.

International Song Competition »Das Lied« is canceled

It is with great regret that we have to cancel the International Song Competition “Das Lied” under the chairmanship of Thomas Quasthoff, which would have been organized by the Liedzentrum Heidelberg from May 25th to 29th. We had postponed the competition from February to May and hoped that a positive development of the infection rate would make it possible to hold the competition at a later date. Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing the opposite. On this basis, we cannot guarantee or take responsibility for fair and safe conditions for the participants who come from all over the world.

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.