13th International Competition for the Art of Song Stuttgart of the Hugo Wolf Academy
From September 20th to 25th, 2022, the best young song talents from all over the world followed the call of the International Competition for the Art of Song Stuttgart at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. After the 2020 edition, which could only be held live thanks to a highly complex hygiene concept and with minimal space, the IHWA was now very grateful for a competition with well-established Corona conditions.
And more good news: At the 2022 prizewinners' concert, not only the young song duos were honored this time. IHWA itself was also able to receive an award! dr Peter Linder used the festive setting to present the Prix Hélène, named after his mother, from the Peter Linder Foundation for Cultural Merit to the Hugo Wolf Academy. The IHWA is very happy and can feel that it is in good company – the previous winners include the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation.
It is obvious that no song competition can do without Franz Schubert and – in the case of the IHWA – without the patron Hugo Wolf. In addition, the IHWA team around director Cornelia Weidner always comes up with different challenges for the young talents. In 2022, two anniversaries provided the artistically fruitful occasion: on the one hand the great wolf antipode Johannes Brahms, who died 125 years ago, and Ralph Vaughan Williams on his 150th birthday, supplemented by other song composers from the British Isles. The contemporary repertoire also dictated two songs by living women composers.
About the International Competition for the Art of Song Stuttgart
The Stuttgart International Song Art Competition is one of the oldest and most traditional competitions of its kind in the German-speaking world. First held in Vienna, since 1987 in Stuttgart, it has acquired an extraordinary international reputation over the past 35 years. Numerous former award winners shape today's concert life. The special thing about this competition and its unique selling proposition for many years: Duos are awarded here. What counts is the overall artistic performance, the interplay of singing and piano. The incentive for the young talents to deal with this particularly beautiful and demanding art form and to present it to a large audience is all the greater.
The competition is supported by the state of Baden-Württemberg, the city of Stuttgart, the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation and the Wüstenrot Foundation.
Applicants, preliminary jury and jury The Stuttgart 2022 International Song Art Competition was aimed at singers and pianists born after December 31, 1988. 27 young song duos from 32 nations qualified for the 2022 competition. They came from Albania, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Czech Republic, USA and Uzbekistan.
The preliminary jury consisted of Birgid Steinberger, Marcelo Amaral and Cornelius Hauptmann. The competition jury consisted of Bernarda Fink (Argentina/Austria), Robert Holl (Netherlands/Austria), Soile Isokoski (Finland), Graham Johnson (Great Britain), Wolfram Rieger (Germany), Birgid Steinberger (Germany/Austria) and the jury chair Olaf Baer (Germany). The competition management was taken over by Hans Georg Koch and Walter Kübler from the IHWA board.
Prize money totaling €35,000 was awarded, which was shared. 1st prize: €15,000 / 2nd prize: €10,000 / 3rd prize: €7,000 In addition, the jury had an amount of € 3,000 at their disposal for special and/or promotional awards or for the sharing of prizes.