The eventful and successful 22nd Liedkunst in the castle outside Husum
From July 23 to 29, the 22nd Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum for singers and pianists took place. The event was opened with a concert. Vincent Kusters and Charlie Bo Meijering presented songs by Hüttenbrenner, Schubert, Butterworth and C. M. v. Weber. The song duo Kusters/Meijering won the North Frisian Song Prize in 2021 and in recent years has been able to attract international attention at other competitions and through concert performances. Ulf Bästlein (baritone) and Charles Spencer as well as Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar on the piano presented songs by Walther von Goethe.
On July 27, 2023, the British pianist Julius Drake gave interesting insights into his musical life in the context of a conversation concert and discussed first with Ulf Bästlein, then with Charles Spencer, among others, the audience and master class participants about the topic “Future of the Art Song? Feride Büyükdenktas-Heuser (mezzo-soprano) and Julius Drake himself at the piano framed the event musically.
On July 29, 2023, the final concert and grand prize-giving ceremony took place: The Johann Max Boettcher Prize was won by the song duo Vincent Kusters, baritone and Charlie Bo Meijering on piano. The North Frisian Lied Prize of the State of Schleswig-Holstein went to Feride Büyükdenktas, mezzo-soprano and Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar, piano. Djeddikar, together with Felix Heuser, baritone, also won the Annegret-und-Ulf-von-Hielmcrone Prize for outstanding young artists (awarded for the first time). The Christa Ludwig Prize for an outstanding vocal performance was won by Lavinia Husmann, soprano, as well as the Audience Prize awarded by the audience through voting(together with Charlie Bo Meijering, piano).
Other winners:inside: Gyeongtaek Lee, piano,won the Robert Ellis Crawford Young Artist Prize,Barbora Michalovska, soprano, the Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck Prize, Stefano Chiurchiú the Theodor Storm Piano Prize and Susanna Frank the St. Mary’s Church Prize Husum.
Two duos were additionally selected for a concert that will take place on April 19, 2024, at the Landesvertretung Schleswig-Holstein in Berlin: Feride Büyükdentkas, mezzo-soprano, with Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar, piano, and Vincent Kusters, baritone, with Charlie Bo Meijering, piano.
In 2024, the popular Liedkunst will take place in the castle outside Husum (with the master class for singers and pianists) from July 21 to 27, 2024.
22nd master class “Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum” from 23 – 29 July 2023
(for singers and pianists)
This year’s Liedkunst will open with a concert on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the Knights Hall of the castle outside Husum. Vincent Kusters sings, accompanied on the piano by Charlie Bo Meijering,Lieder by Hüttenbrenner, Schubert, Butterworth and C.M. v. Weber. The song duo Kusters/Meijering won the North Frisian Song Prize 2021 and in recent years has been able to attract international attention at other competitions and through concert performances.
Ulf Bästlein (baritone) and Charles Spencer and Hedayet Jonas Djeddikar on piano will present songs by Walther von Goethe.
A new, additional event in the Lied Art program is dedicated to the distinguished British (Lied) pianist Julius Drake. On Thursday, July 27, 2023, 7:00 p.m., he will talk about his musical life in a conversation concert and discuss the topic “Future of the Art Song?” in an exchange of ideas with the audience and the master class participants. Feride Buyukdenktas-Heuser (mezzo-soprano) and Julius Drake himself on the piano will provide the musical framework for the event.
Julius Drake has performed at all the major music festivals (Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Salzburg, Tanglewood, at the Cologne Philharmonie, La Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Châtelet (Paris), Louvre, Vienna Konzerthaus, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Vienna Musikverein as well as at the Proms.
He has accompanied Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sergei Leiferkus, Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Christoph Prégardien, Thomas Quasthoff, Gerald Finley, among others. His recordings with the tenor Ian Bostridge are widely known and have won many awards.
In the final concert of the participants:inside on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., an independent jury – consisting of renowned artists, well-known agents, conductors, reviewers and representatives of public life – will award prizes to the best entries. [The organizers are pleased to announce that this year, among others. Julius Drake as a member of the jury. ArtsconvergeREC GmbH is sponsoring a Christa Ludwig Award for an outstanding vocal performance and the Robert Ellis Crawford Young Artist Award. The Annegret-und-Ulf-von-Hielmcrone-Prize for outstanding young artists, endowed with 1500 €, will be awarded for the first time in 2023 (offered by the Nissenstiftung-Husum).
Tickets (15 €/reduced 10 €) for these concerts are available in advance at the office of the Kreismusikschule Nordfriesland, via the Reservix online service and at the box office.
Classes are open to the public. Day tickets are available at the castle outside Husum and at the office of the Kreismusikschule Nordfriesland. The master classes (Charles Spencer in Fortuna Hall, Ulf Bästlein in the South Wing) will begin after the internal entrance examination on Monday, 7/24. from 2 pm, and Tue, Wed, Fri each from 10:00 am.
Originally conceived as a master class, over the years a festival called “Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum” has developed. 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.
The successful series “Liedkunst im Schloss vor Husum” would not be possible without generous sponsorship. We look forward to a successful master class and thank:Ministerium für Allgemeine und Berufliche Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Schleswig-Holstein, Böttcher-Stiftung, Stadt Husum, Tourismus und Stadtmarketing Husum GmbH, Landesmusikrat Schleswig-Holstein, Husumer Mineralbrunnen, Nospa Kulturstiftung Nordfriesland, Vermächtnis Johan van Wouwer, Johannes und Irene Thordsen-Stiftung, Nissenstiftung.
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 reservix.de, 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!