(29.05.19) Baritone Stefan Astakhov, Alumnus of the 2019 Lied Academy, has won the first prize of 30,000 Euro at the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki. The jury included Vesselina Kasarova and Waltraud Meier. Bass baritone Jussi Juola, also alumnus of the 2019 Lied Academy was awarded the 4th prize and 10.000 Euro.
Prizewinner of 2019 »Das Lied« International Song Competition
(10.02.19) The first prize, endowed with € 15.000 donated by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation, went to soprano Nikola Hillebrand from Germany. The 2nd prize (10,000 euros) was shared by mezzo-soprano Yajie Zhang from China and baritone Konstantin Krimmel from Germany. Konstantin Krimmel also received the audience prize (2,000 euros). The 3rd prize (5,000 euros) went to baritone Michael Rakotoarivony from Madagascar. The prize for the most promising future talent (2,500 euros) donated by the Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling e.V., went to bass baritone Jeeyoung Lim from South Korea. In his absence, Matthew Fletcher from Great Britain was honoured as the best pianist of the competition (5,000 euros). 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 »
Successes of Lied Academy Alumni
(05.12.18) 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 and finalist at the International Song Competition »Das Lied« 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
(04.12.18) 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. Learn more »
One week dedicated to Schumann at BR-KLASSIK
(26.11.18) BR-KLASSIK dedicates this week from 26 November to 2 December a programme focus to Robert Schumannn. From Monday till Friday at 6.05 pm, parts of the Schumann audio biography »Die innere Stimme« (The Inner Voice) – which was published by the BR-KLASSIK label – will be broadcast. On Saturday at 11.05 am, Christian Gerhaher will be a guest on the programme »Meine Musik«. The baritones recording of all songs by Schumann »Alle Lieder« is made possible and promoted by the International Song Centre. Learn more »
Major project with Christian Gerhaher has started
(16.11.18) Christian Gerhahers new album »Frage«, with songs by Robert Schumann, was released today. At the same time it is the start of a major project of Gerhaher, Sony Classical, Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Song Centre of Heidelberger Frühling. Until 2020, all songs by Robert Schumann will be released in a CD box under the title »Alle Lieder«.
(19.09.18) The 2018 Lied Academy focused on Franz Schubert among other Lied composers. The young singers intensively studied his songs under the direction of Thomas Hampson. At Medici.tv, one of the largest classical music streaming services, the master class can now be watched here free of charge (registration required).
(21.09.18) The baritone Milan Siljanov, alumnus of the Lied Academy 2013, was awarded the 2nd prize and the audience prize in the vocal category at the 67th ARD Music Competition. Congratulations! Since the 2018/19 season he has been a member of the Bavarian State Opera ensemble in Munich.
(07.08.18) Soprano Nadine Sierra, alumna of the Festival Akademie, has signed an exclusive contract with the traditional label Deutsche Grammophon. In 2011, she was one of the scholarship holders of the first year of the Lied Academy. The first album »There’s a place for us« with works by American composers will be released on August 24, one day before Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.
Apply now for »Das Lied« 2019
(02.07.18) From today until 31 October, singers and pianists, born in 1987 or later, can apply individually or as a duo for the Song Competition »Das Lied«. The competition will take place from 6 to 10 September 2019 in Heidelberg.
(30.05.18) After singers and pianists of the Young Artist Platform of the Oxford Lieder Festival were invited to the Heidelberger Frühling in 2018, the return visit will take place in the autumn: On October 14 Ema Nikolovska, alumna of the Lied Academy, Ammiel Bushakevitz, mentor of the Lied Academy, and Johann Kristinsson, 3rd prize winner of the International Song Competition DAS LIED 2017 will perform in Oxford.