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Helmut Deutsch

10th - 15th September 2018
Schlosstheater Schönbrunn / Vienna

Eine Kooperation der mdw - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien und der WCN - World Culture Networks

The International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition is Vienna’s first and only regularly held competition for singers, dedicated exclusively to the Lied and Austrian composers. Next to famous names such as Schubert, Wolf and Mahler, the focus is also on a tone poet whose fame may have faded, but who remains unforgotten. The competition will take place in 2018 for the first time. Its goal is to give young talents a jump-start in their careers and the opportunity to prove themselves to a critical audience.

Helmut Deutsch

Helmut Deutsch ranks among the finest, most successful and in-demand song recital accompanists of the world. He was born in Vienna, where he studied at the Conservatory, the Music Academy and the University. He was awarded the Composition Prize of Vienna in 1965 and appointed professor at the age of twenty-four. Although he has performed with leading instrumentalists as a chamber musician, he has concentrated primarily on accompanying in song recitals. At the beginning of his career he worked with the soprano Irmgard Seefried, but the most important singer of his early years was Hermann Prey, whom he accompanied as a permanent partner for twelve years. Subsequently he has worked with many of the most important recital singers and played in the world’s major music centres. His collaborations with Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau and Michael Volle are currently among his most important. Helmut Deutsch was a professor of Art Song Interpretation in Vienna, Salzburg, Frankfurt and Munich, holds masterclasses worldwide and is a juror in numerous international competitions.


The following repertoire must be prepared (bindingly):

6 songs by Franz Schubert (no songs from the cycles)
6 songs by Hugo Wolf
4 songs by Gustav Mahler
4 songs by Joseph Marx

Songs may not be repeated in later rounds.
Transpositions are allowed.
The songs must be sung without scores.


  1. Round  1:
    Monday, 10th September 2018 & Tuesday, 11th September 2018
    Starting times will be announced at a later time. Non-public event.

    2 songs of own choice from the chosen repertoire
    min. 2 different composers
    duration of program: max. 10 minutes

  2. Round  2:
    Wednesday, 12th September 2018 & Thursday, 13th September 2018
    Starting times will be announced at a later time. Public event.

    A total of 4 songs:
    2 songs of own choice from the chosen repertoire
    2 songs selected by jury
    (1 song by J. Marx obligatory) 
    duration of program: max. 15 minutes

  3. Round 3/Final:
    Saturday, 15th September 2018

    Starting times will be announced at a later time. Public event, registration is requested.

    A total of 6 songs:
    3 songs of own choice from the chosen repertoire
    3 songs selected by jury
    (2 songs by J. Marx obligatory)
    duration of program: max. 25 minutes

    All rounds are taking place at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn (Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Vienna, Austria).

    The sheet music will be provided by mdw if not available.


© Shirley Suarez

Helmut Deutsch (pianist, jury chairman) 

© Stefan Nimmesgern

Juliane Banse (soprano), born in southern Germany and raised in Zurich, achieved her artistic breakthrough as a 20-year-old Pamina at the Komische Oper Berlin in a production by Harry Kupfer. Numerous CD recordings by the artist are award-winning, two of them received the Echo Klassik. In the winter semester 2016/2017 she took over a professorship (for singing) at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Only a few artists of her generation are as successful in so many areas, and with such a wide variety of repertoire, as Juliane Banse.

Andreas Schmidt (bass) is one of the most distinguished singers of his generation and a sought after juror in international competitions. He first studied piano, organ and conducting, then singing with Ingeborg Reichelt in Düsseldorf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin. In 1997, he was awarded the title "Kammersänger" by the Senate of the city of Hamburg (Germany), and in 2010 he accepted a professorship for singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.

© Nik Pichler

Helga Machreich-Unterzaucher (Machreich Artists Management GmbH, Managing Director) was born in Villach (Austria) and took clarinet and singing lessons in Vienna next to her university studies. 2001 she became part of the management of the agency Raab & Dr. Bohm. In May 2011 she founded the agency Machreich Artists Management GmbH, which she manages independently. Furthermore, she works as a juror in singing competitions such as DAS LIED and the Stella Maris Competition.

Thomas Mittermayer (Facility Department, Musikverein Vienna) was born in 1970 in Melk/Donau (Austria). After an economic education, he studied Catholic church music, singing, organ, piano and ensemble direction, and had various activities as an accompanist. Thomas Mittermayer is currently Vice President of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, and has been working for the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna since 1995 at the Facility Department. He works as a juror in various competitions in Austria and abroad.

© Barbara Aumüller

Bernd Loebe (Director Frankfurt Opera House) studied law and at the same time completed a private piano study. He has been juror at various international singing competitions since 1990. In 2002, Bernd Loebe took over the directorship of the Frankfurt Opera House, and his contract was recently extended until 2023. From March 2009 to 2016, Bernd Loebe held the position of Vice President of the German Academy of Performing Arts and since June 2010, and has also been chairman at the German Opera Conference.

© Lukas Beck

Stefan Vladar (pianist and conductor) was born in Vienna, and is one of the most remarkable musical personalities in Austria. As a conductor and pianist, he performs regularly in music centers in Europe, America and Asia. Stefan Vladar has been principal conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra since 2008, with whom he tours the world, and professor of piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.


Prizes of the 1st International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition
provided by WCN - World Culture Networks

1. Prize: 10.000 Euro

The singer will be invited to perform the following concerts together with Helmut Deutsch in 2018/19:
October 2018 Deutsche Oper Berlin
February 2019 Konzerthaus Berlin
(further dates to be announced)

2. Prize: 5.000 Euro

3. Prize: 3.000 Euro

Special prizes for pianists
provided by mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

1. Prize: 5.000 Euro

2. Prize: 4.000 Euro

3. Prize: 3.000 Euro

As well as an additional 1.500 Euro Special Prize provided by mdw


Congratulations to all winners!
© Shirley Suarez

1. Prize 
Konstantin Krimmel / Baritone

© Stefan Nimmesgern

2. Prize 
Ema Nikolovska / Mezzo-soprano

3. Prize 
Christoph Filler / Baritone

© Nik Pichler

3. Prize
Lars Conrad / Bariton

Special prizes for pianists
© Shirley Suarez

1. Prize
Hikaru Kanki 

© Stefan Nimmesgern

2. Prize
Manon Fischer-Dieskau
Great Britain

3. Prize
Camille Lemonnier 

3. Prize
Michael Sikich

Audience Prize
© Shirley Suarez

Konstantin Krimmel / Baritone

We want to thank all participants!

See you in Berlin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the first prize winner concert.


© 2018 HD Lied WCN - Miri Huh


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