Laureate concert of song art in the castle in front of Husum on Friday, December 16, 2022 at 7 p.m.

In this year’s “Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum” Christian Dietz received several awards. Now the tenor will sing works by Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Celius Dougherty, Wilhelm Berger and Engelbert Humperdinck in a prize-winners’ concert. In the context of this concert, the world premiere of the song cycle “Von anderen Zeiten” will also be made up for, which could not take place two years ago due to the Corona pandemic. Hans Christian Détlefsen, the composer of the work, who was born in North Friesland, will be present. Baritone Ulf Bästlein, dedicatee of this song cycle, and tenor Christian Dietz will be accompanied on the grand piano by multiple Liedkunst award winner Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar.

Originally conceived purely as a master class, over the years a festival called “Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum” (Song Art in the Castle outside Husum) has developed. Coursework is open to the public. Some of the participants are studying at music colleges, some are already working as professionals. The high standards of the master class, which is organized in close cooperation with the North Frisian Foundation, as well as the County Music School of North Frisia, ensures a careful selection of highly qualified participants, as previous festivals have demonstrated.

The directors and founders of this annual event are the internationally renowned singer Ulf Bästlein and pianist Charles Spencer, one of the leading Lied accompanists of our time. Charles Spencer counts Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Quasthoff, Thomas Hampson, Vesselina Kasarova and Elina Garança among his musical partners. The bass-baritone Ulf Bästlein, who grew up in Husum, is Professor for Voice Performance at the University of Music in Graz, Austria and the College of Music in Lubeck. Both artists are connected by their long-standing intensive artistic and pedagogical collaboration.

In the fall of 2018, Ulf Bästlein was awarded the highest honor of the district of North Friesland – the Hans-Momsen Prize – for his many years of service to cultural life in North Friesland. In 2021, Minister President Daniel Günther presented him with the highest award of the state of Schleswig-Holstein for his “outstanding services to the state of Schleswig-Holstein”: the Order of Merit.

The “self-confessed Schleswig-Holsteiner” Ulf Bästlein has always endeavored to create references to the cultural heritage and a possible ‘future music’ of his homeland when programming the concerts within the framework of Liedkunst. The names Theodor Storm, Friedrich Hebbel, Emanuel Geibel, Klaus Groth, Johann Heinrich Voß, Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, Gustav Jenner or Hans Christian Détlefsen (among others) run like a thread through the programs of the past 21 years of Liedkunst in the castle outside Husum.

The master class is designed with an award ceremony at the final concert.

The following prizes will be awarded:

Johann Max Böttcher Song Prize, North Frisian Song Prize of the State of Schleswig Holstein, Audience Prize, Robert Ellis Crawfort Young Artist Prize, Christa Ludwig Prize, Theodor Storm Piano Prize, Hardenack Otto Zinck Prize

The next Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum will take place from July 23 to July 29, 2023.

Opening concert on Sunday, July 23, discussion concert on Thursday, July 27, final concert on Saturday, July 29.

Public lessons Mon 24 / Tue 25 / Wed 26 / Fri 28 July

Tickets for the winners’ concert are available at €15 (reduced €10) plus fee available online at, at all Reservix advance booking offices and at the office of the Kreismusikschule Nordfriesland.

Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum 2022

Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum 2022 – Innovations

In 2022, the Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum will take place from July 24 to 30 and will thus be extended by one day to a total of seven days: i.e. the opening concert will take place on a Sunday for the first time, on July 24, 2022, 7:00 pm.

The opening concert will feature Ulf Bästlein, Charles Spencer, and Lied Art Prize winners Mikhail Timoshenko (baritone) and Elitsa Desseva (piano). This duo won first prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition ”Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity” in Graz, the International Competition for Lied Art of the Hugo Wolf Academy in Stuttgart and the ”Wigmore Hall/Independant Opera Song Competition” in London.

A new, additional event will be introduced: On Thursday (July 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.), the eminent American soprano Roberta Alexander (also a member of the jury) will talk about her musical life in a conversation concert and discuss “the future of art song” in an exchange of ideas with the audience and the master class participants. We would like to invite you already now to our concerts of Liedkunst 2022!

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