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Helmut Deutsch
Lied Competition

16th - 21st September 2019
Schlosstheater Schönbrunn / Vienna

A cooperation between the mdw - University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the WCN - World Culture Networks

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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 2019 for the second 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 Erich Korngold

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



  1. Round  1:
    Monday, 16th September 2019 & Tuesday, 17th September 2019 
    Mon: 11:00-15:00, Tue: 11:00-15:00. 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, 18th September 2019 & Thursday, 19th September 2019 
    Wed: 11:00-15:00, Thu: 11:00-13:00. Public event.

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

  3. Round 3/Final:
    Saturday, 21st September 2019

    19:00. 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 E. Korngold 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) 

© Michael Poehn

Ildikó Raimondi is opera singer, recitalist and interpreter of Lieder. Since 1991, she has been a member of the Wiener Staatsoper where she has sung over 50 opera roles, including The Lady (Cardilla), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). She performed as The Countess (Capriccio) at the Palace of Arts Budapest, and enchanted audiences with her guest performance as Arabella in the Hungarian State Opera. Other guest performances have taken the artist to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Semperoper in Dresden and to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, amongst others. Her numerous international concerts, including with the Vienna Philharmonic, have been broadcasted over radio and TV. Festival engagements include Salzburg Festival, Bregrenz Festival, Musica Sacra Rome and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Ildikó Raimondi has a particular passion for 20th century music. Works by Franz Schmidt, Arnold Schönberg, Alexander von Zemlinsky – as well as contemporary composers such as Friedrich Cerha and Thomas Daniel Schlee – make up the extensive repertoire of the soprano. Since 2015, Ildikó Raimondi has been working as a Professor at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

© Katharina Schiffl

Born in Innsbruck, Mechtild Bartolomey studied Music and Vocal Pedagogy and German Studies at the Vienna’s mdw, as well as Art History at the University of Vienna. She was a choir singer in the Wiener Singverein, the choir of the Wiener Musikverein, and worked regularly with Herbert von Karajan on all major choral works in literature. Later, she was a longtime member of the internationally renowned Arnold Schönberg Choir, collaborating with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. From 2004 to 2007 she was artistic director of the music festival at the Castello di Duino. Since 2009, Mechthild Bartolomey is Artistic Director of the Attergau Kultur (Kultursommer, New Years’ Concert), and 2017 she founded the “International Nikolaus Harnoncourt Tage”. She is responsible for the artistic program and organization of "Josefstädter New Years’ Concert" at the Theater in der Josefstadt, for the literary concepts for the programs MARLENE and ALLES LIEBE with the actress Ursula Strauss and the duo BartolomeyBittmann as well as for numerous musical-literary programs like "Speechless" with Karl Markovics, "Death & Resurrection" and "Songs without Words "with Peter Simonischek. She further engages in regular exchange with the organizers of Carinthischer Sommer and Neuberger Kulturtage, among others.

© Matthias Creutziger

Olaf Bär lives in his home town of Dresden where he started his musical education as a member of the boy choir Dresdner Kreuzchor. As winner of the inaugural Walther Gruner Lieder Competition, Olaf Bär was launched on an international career. Olaf Bär has appeared worldwide in recitals and concerts and has been performing on major tours internationally. For many years he was a principal member of the Semper Oper Dresden. As an opera singer Olaf Bär has appeared at Covent Garden, La Scala di Milano, the Opera Houses in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Chicago, Rome, Napels and Turin and at the Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Bayreuth, Aix-en-Provence, Wiener Festwochen and Ruhr-Trienale Festivals. He has done numerous recordings with EMI, Decca, Philips and other companies. In 1998, Olaf Bär was awarded the Schumann-Preis of the city of Zwickau. Since 2004, Olaf Bär is a regular professor for interpretation of Lieder at Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. Olaf Bär is regularly invited as Juror in numerous international singing competitions and to give masterclasses, specializing in the interpretation of German Lieder.

Michael Nemeth earned his doctorate in musicology and cultural management from the University of Vienna. After his time at the Vienna based artist management Erich Seitter in 2004, he began working for Musikverein in dramaturgy and public relations. In 2008, Nemeth took over direction of the Musikverein as general secretary and artistic director. In this role he has been responsible for planning and organising more than 500 concerts. Founded in 2014, the concert series ‘Concerts for Human Rights’ is exclusive to Musikverein Graz and has been attracting extensive media attention ever since. Additionally, Michael Nemeth is founder and project manager of several ongoing cultural initiatives (incl. a summer concert series in Graz City Park and the chamber orchestra ‘con fuoco’) and has been teaching ‘Musicology in Practice’ at the Institute of Musicology at Karl Franzens University Graz since 2015. He regularly works as jury member at competitions and international institutions (e.g. Konzerthaus Wien ‚great talent’, Summer Academy of Wiener Philharmoniker, Opera Master’s Programme Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna or recently at 4th International Adam Didur Opera Singers‘ Competition of Poland).

© Clive Barda

Graham Johnson (born in Rhodesia, present-day Zimbabwe) studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and later with Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons. As part of Recitals, he has accompanied world-class singers such as Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Elly Ameling, lan Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne and Thomas Hampson. Graham Johnson has a special connection with London's Wigmore Hall; he designed and accompanied concerts for the 1992 Reopening Series and the Centenary Celebrations in 2001 and is the jury chairman of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition. He is also senior professor of coaching at the Guildhall School of Music. In the course of his long-term collaboration with Ted Perry and the label Hyperion, 37 CDs with all Schubert songs were produced; his introductory texts for this series were published in 2013/14 by the Yale University Press as a multi-volume Schubert song lexicon. Among the numerous prizes he has received are the Grammophone Awards for his recordings with Janet Baker, Ian Bostridge, Christine Schäfer and Magdalena Kožená. Since 1994 Graham Johnson has been the "Order of the British Empire" and since 2002 "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres".

© Pasche

Born in Waldsassen (Oberpflaz, Bavaria) Wolfram received his first piano lessons with Konrad Pfeiffer in Regensburg. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich under Dr.Erik Werba and Helmut Deutsch and participated at master classes with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Wolfram Rieger performed throughout Europe, North and South America as well as in the Near and Far East. Wolfram Rieger is a longtime piano partner of Brigitte Fassbaender, Juliane Banse, Barbara Bonney, Annette Dasch, Anja Harteros, Christiane Karg, Thomas Hampson, Olaf Baer, Peter Schreier, Thomas Quasthoff and chamber music partners of the Cherubini Quartet, the Petersen Quartet and the Vogler- Quartet. Wolfram Rieger holds a professorship for Lied at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. In addition, he is a sought-after guest teacher and regularly gives interpretation courses in Europe and Japan. His numerous CD recordings at various labels received many awards the record critics. He received particularly honorable honors with the Medal of Honor of the Franz Schubert Society of Barcelona as well as the Hugo Wolf Medal of the International Hugo Wolf Academy Stuttgart.


Prizes of the 2nd 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 2019/21:
03.12.2019 MuTh
27.01.2020 Deutsche Oper Berlin
06.01.2021 Konzerthaus Berlin 

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!

1. Prize
Erika Baikoff / Soprano

will be invited to perform the following concerts together with Helmut Deutsch in 2019/21:
03.12.2019 MuTh
27.01.2020 Deutsche Oper Berlin
06.01.2021 Konzerthaus Berlin

2. Prize 
Anna-Lena Elbert / Soprano

3. Prize
Taehwan Yun / Tenor
South Korea

Special prizes for pianists

1. Prize
Kota Sakaguchi

2. Prize
Gary Beecher

3. Prize
Pedro Costa

Audience Prize

Taehwan Yun / Tenor
South Korea



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