It is encouraging and surprising how many young singers embrace the challenge of engaging in the particular repertoire of this competition, of incorporating it into their own language and individual statement. It is only seemingly a juxtaposition between the songs of Schubert and those of the classical modern or new and contemporary music. Much of Schubert is still "outrageous" in the truest sense, a part of the "modern" repertoire is now almost a hundred years old. The latest contemporary trends and compositions are to be discovered yet, for the finalists it is the first time to rehearse and premiere a song by the renowned composer Isabel Mundry - a musical adventure for the participants and the audience!

As newly appointed leader of the competition section "Duo for voice and piano (Lied)" I would like to thank my esteemed colleague and predecessor Christine Whittlesey. Under her leadership, the section has secured itself a place among the most prestigious song competitions. The structures, which have evolved over many years, must be carefully preserved and further developed, and the affectionate cultivation of the open and inspiring atmosphere of the competition must be maintained. A close contact and exchange with the jury members, an honest survey and a sincere feedback on the performances shown as well as support for the artistic future should make the competition a long-lasting event for the young participants, a special stage on their artistic path.


Eligible for participation are musicians of all nations who were born after 15 February, 1985.