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.