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 Competition 2017

1st September
– 31st October
2016

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
  • 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