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First international

Lied competition

Bolko v. Hochberg 2022

Topic 2022: HELLAS

JUNE 12-16, 2022


About the competition


The cultural association Ars-Augusta eV is organizing the first international song competition "Bolko von Hochberg" at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater from June 13th to 16th, 2022 in Görlitz-Zgrozelec. Bolko von Hochberg (1843-1926), composer and impresario, is closely connected to the history of the European city of 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 this international Lied-Competition to him, in order to promote new talents and rediscover the hidden treasures of the most beautiful little musical form: the 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.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

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.

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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


Eleni Ioanniodu

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Eleni Ioannidou
Artistic Director

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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Bartosz Żurakowski

First conductor of the Sudeten Philharmonic in Wałbrzych, artistic director of the "Belle voci" festival

The conductor Bartosz Żurakowski comes from Opole and completed his studies among others at the "Fryderyk Chopin" music academy in Warsaw as well as a management degree at the University of the same city and at School of Management at the Erasmus University's of Roterdam. He began his career as conductor at the Philharmonic in his hometown. Since 2015 he is the Principal Conductor of the Sudeten Philharmonic in Wałbrzych. He has performed in halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Mexico) or the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow (Scotland). He is the head of a foundation for the promotion of young talents and organizes the international festival "Belle Voci" and the festival "The Masters of Prayer in Music". Full CV:


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12.06.2022        09: 00-21: 00


Possibly from 4 p.m .: first round

13-14.6.2022      10: 00-19: 00

First round

15.6.2022           10: 00-19: 00


16.6.2022             17:00-22:00



Announcement of the winners


1st Prize

Dr. Herbert Speckner Prize of the Ottobrunn community

€ 6,000 for the duo
recital, sound recording

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

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

Special prize

A concert with orchestra in the 2022-2023 season



Theater in Görlitz

Wie kommen Sie nach Görllitz, wo können Sie günstig und gut übernachten.

Demianiplatz 2

02826 Görlitz

The Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater is the theater building for opera, theater and dance in Görlitz. Opened in 1851, it is popularly known as the "Little Semperoper" because of its opulent interior. The architect Eduard Titz (1820-1890), who comes from today's Liberec, built numerous other theaters in addition to the theater in Görlitz, especially in Berlin, for example the German Theater but also in other cities such as the Carl-Maria-von-Weber- Theater in Bernburg (Saale). He was inspired by the classicism of Karl von Schinkel.


Miejski Dom Kultury
w Zgorzelcu

Wie kommen Sie nach Görllitz, wo können Sie günstig und gut übernachten.

(Oberlausitzer Gedenkhalle)

ulica Parkowa 1

59-900 Zgorzelec, Poland

The former "Upper Lusatian Hall of Fame or Memorial Hall" is an important monument of the Wilhelmine era in the European city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec. Designed as a hall to commemorate the Prussian emperors, it was opened by Wilhelm II in 1902. Important sculptures adorn the building: "War" and "Peace", the Victoria above the gable, the groups "Art" and "History" on the side front.
Today the building functions as a cultural center, the municipal house of culture in Zgorzelec. It has numerous rooms for exhibitions and meetings and a concert hall with a wonderful Kawai concert grand piano.






Sudeten Philharmonic "J.Wiłkomirski" in Wałbrzych



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