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First international

Lied competition

Bolko v. Hochberg 2021

Topic 2021: A song for Hellas

MARCH 21-25, 2021


Update 05.01.2021:

Many thanks to the 142 singers and 112 pianists for registering and preparing for the "Hellas" competition. The jury has now made a first selection of the participants for the first round. We are about to contact the musicians personally. We would like to congratulate the singers / pianists who have been selected. We would like also to thank the musicians who were not selected and wish the best for their careers and further music projects.

About the competition


The cultural society Ars-Augusta e.V. will hold the First International Lied-Competition "Bolko von Hochberg" at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in Görlitz-Zgorzelec from March 21nd to 25th, 2021. Bolko von Hochberg (1843-1926), composer and impressario, is strongly connected with the history of the European city Görlitz-Zgorzelec, right on the border between Germany and Poland on the edge between Bohemia, Saxony and Silesia. His love for the human voice and his belief in the power of music to unite European nations gave us the idea to dedicate the international competition for Lied singing to him with the purpose to promote new talents and also rediscover the hidden treasures in the repertoire of the most beautiful small musical form: the artistic song (Lied).




Britta Schwarz

Prof. Britta Schwarz

Alt. Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Dresden

Britta Schwarz performs as an alto with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Cappella Andrea Barca. She also works with important baroque ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Musica Antiqua Cologne, the Academy of Early Music Berlin and the Rias Chamber Choir. Britta Schwarz has been teaching at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden for several years. In summer 2015 she was appointed honorary professor at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin.

Prof. Marek Rzepka

Bass, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Hannover

The Polish bass studied in Kraków and Dresden and specialized in the subjects of oratorio and early music. He performs with renowned orchestras and at the largest festivals in the world. He has been teaching singing for early music at the University of Music in Leipzig since 2001. Numerous recordings with his participation received, among other things, Grammy nomination and were awarded "The Grammophone Awards". In addition to his international work as a singer, he now teaches singing at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover.


Prof.Marek Rzepka


Prof.Alexander Schmalcz

Prof. Alexander Schmalcz

Pianist, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Leipzig

As a young choir player of the Dresden Kreuzchor, he received piano lessons. After studying at institutions such as the Utrecht Conservatoire or the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he won numerous prizes and began an international career as a pianist for chamber music and song accompaniment at the world's largest events and festivals. He regularly works with singers such as Matthias Goerne, Grace Bumbry, Konrad Jarnot, Marcus Ullmann, Stephan Loges, Doris Soffel and others. His discographic work is particularly important as a song accompanist.


Victor Medem

Victor Medem

Direktor Asosiación Franz Schubert,

Festival Schubertiada, Barcelona

VM was born in Barcelona / Spain. After studying "Film and Audiovisual Communication" in Barcelona and Paris, he started working for various media companies such as ARTE. He then switched to the music business and worked as an assistant to the artistic director at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and at the Heidelberg Spring Festival.
In 2016 he took over the management of the Schubert Society in Barcelona, which organized the "Schubertiada Vilbertran". Medem has been teaching art management at the “Universitat International de Catalunya” since 1015.

Alexandros Charkiolakis

General Director, The Friends of Music Society, Megaron Musikis Athinon

Alexandros Charkiolakis studied at the Greek Conservatory and at the University of Sheffield and worked as a musicologist and coordinator for educational projects in the Greek music library "Lilian Voudouri". In 2013 he became head of the music library “Erol Üçer” at MIAM - Istanbul Technical University. In May 2017 he took over the position of director of the Society of Friends of Music in Athens. He has written and published several books. His research interests include historical musicology, music information resources, music and digital culture. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greek IAML department.


Alexandros Charkiolakis


Ewa Struśinska

Dirigentin, Musikalische Leitung Gerhart-Hautmann-Theater, Görlitz

The conductor, who comes from Stalowa Wola in Poland, studied at the Warsaw Music Academy and then in England. The breakthrough came after she won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition. Since then she has conducted major orchestras around the world. Since 2019 she has been the general music director at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in Görlitz


Ewa Strusinka





20.3.2021             09:00-21:00



Hall rehearsals

21-23.3.2021       10:00-19:00

First round

24.3.2021             10:00-19:00


25.3.2021             19:00-21:00



Announcement of the winners

26.3.2021            19:00

Award winner concert

Castle Książ






€ 6,000
2 recitals
Sound recording
€ 4,000
2 recitals
Sound recording
€ 2,000
1 recital
Sound recording
€ 1,000
Special price for the best piano accompaniment


Eleni Ioanniodu

Eleni Ioannidou

Sopran, Künstlerische Leitung Ars-Augusta e.V.

The soprano comes from Wroclaw and studied singing in Volos, Athens, at the University of Music in Vienna and at the Accademia della Scala di Milano. As a winner of several international competitions, she received her first engagements in the subject of Lirico Spinto, especially with Mozart and Verdi on Italian stages. In 2010, given the negative impact of the financial crisis on the art world, she decided to become a producer and manager of cultural projects. After her first successes in Munich, she founded the Ars-Augusta eV association in Görlitz in 2016, with which she realized cross-border theater and music projects. She continues to work as a singer.



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Piastów Śląskich 1,

58-306 Wałbrzych, Poland

The castle is one of the largest and most important in Europe. Birthplace of Bolko von Hochberg and ancestral home of the noble family of Hochberg.




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First international Lied competition

Bolko von Hochberg 2021

A song for HELLAS


Song competition

on the subject of "HELLAS"


21.-25. March 2021

Registration deadline:

December 23, 2020





We are at your disposal for any question.

Eleni Ioannidou, Heinz Müller

Ars-Augusta e.V. Augustastraße 6, Görlitz 02826


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