Das Lied –
International Song Competition

... is a song competition held in Berlin every two years. From 2017 on it will be part of the International Song Centre in Heidelberg. It offers young, highly talented singers both a stage to perform and an important career opportunity. The competition seeks to emphasize and animate Lied as a musical genre.

The next competition will be held from February 28 to March 4, 2017 in Heidelberg. Details can be downloaded here.

Competition 2015

1st Prize: Hagar Sharvit
2nd Prize: Emma Moore
3rd Prize: Angharad Lyddon
Most promising future talent: Suzanne Fischer
Pianist prize: Ammiel Bushakevitz und James Sherlock
Audience award: Hagar Sharvit

Registration for 2017th competiton 'til 31st October

Singers and Lied Duos from all over the world, born in 1985 or later.

Je weiter meine Stimme dringt

Repertoire 2017

For the 2017 competition a total of 30 songs from these composers are to be prepared:

Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann
Wolfgang Rihm

Jury 2017

  • Thomas Quasthoff (Chair)
  • Brigitte Fassbaender
  • Bernarda Fink
  • Charlotte Lehmann
  • Felicity Lott
  • John Gilhooly
  • Helga Machreich
  • Dominique Meyer
  • Charles Spencer
  • Richard Stokes

Welcome from Thomas Quasthoff

Everyone needs to have dreams.

“My greatest lifelong dream – to sing, and to be allowed to sing – is fulfilled every day. I share this dream by supporting and encouraging young singers as they start their careers.
For many years, I have dedicated myself to Lied, and it is my deepest desire to preserve this art form. I sincerely hope that Liederabend become a regular fixture in concert calendars and that young singers will dedicate themselves once again to Lied genre.”

Impressions from past competitions