The festival of curiosity – the Heidelberger Frühling abides by this mantra every year. Extraordinary artists meet each other and the audience in a personal atmosphere and use the space provided by the festival in order to experiment with new perspectives.
It is the microcosm of musical collaboration – and string quartet enthusiasts travel from all over the world to Heidelberg to participate. Every year an ignition of audience and international quartet community happens through dialogue and discussion. Which makes them far more than guardians of the past.
This is where new things are created – a space for thoughts, discussions, work and genre-crossing education. Interdisciplinary projects arise from open collaboration between musicians, dramaturgs and directors. For Heidelberg. And for the future.
This platform is home, workshop and engine of song – the International Song Centre Heidelberg is a centre of global initiatives. It allows a re-discovery with the infinite facets of song in the head of artists, promoters and audience. This is our assignment and passion.
The fifth edition of “Das Lied” took place from Wednesday, 1st March to Saturday, 4th March 2017, for the first time in Heidelberg as part of the International Song Centre. In addition to the prize money, the first three winners had the chance to perform in London, Madrid and on April 9, 2017 on the occasion of the prize winners’ concert at the “Heidelberger Frühling” music festival.
Lied fans world-wide, which could not come to Heidelberg can still watch videos of all rounds here. In addition, a film team of the BBC has documented the competition. The documentary has been broadcasted on July 7th, and still can be watched here.
1st prize: Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone, Germany, 15.000 Euro, kindly donated by the Manfred Lautenschläger-Stiftung
2nd prize: Clara Osowski, mezzosoprano, USA, 7.500 Euro
3rd prize: Jóhann Kristinsson, baritone, Iceland, 5.000 Euro
Prize for the best pianist: Victoria Guerrero, Spain & Anna Anstett, Ukraine, 5.000 Euro
Prize for the most promising future talent: André Baleiro, baritone, Portugal & Modestas Sedlevicius, baritone, Lithuania, 2.500 Euro
Audience prize: Jóhann Kristinsson, baritone, Iceland, 5.000 Euro
Every year thousands of students graduate from music colleges, academies and private schools. They are all highly trained, but how can they turn a vocation into a career? For many graduates the transition to the working world is challenging. Participation in international competitions is often the only chance that students have to appear in front of a wider audience, to measure themselves against their contemporaries and to test that all important stage presence and strength of nerves. To this end “Das Lied” offers event organisers and agents a non-binding opportunity to evaluate young artists and new voices in a competition atmosphere with an high-caliber jury. “Das Lied” also allows the numerous and interested audience, through comparative listening, to learn more about Lied and its interpretations and to enjoy the young hopeful talent.
Thomas Quasthoff Founder of „Das Lied“
Even more Lied
Heidelberg’s reputation as the city of the art song is not only due to its history. In addition to the song contest, the “Heidelberger Frühling” music festival organizes a Lied Academy with Thomas Hampson, numerous song recitals with internationally renowned artists as well as rising stars, and even a song festival called “Neuland.Lied”.