Update March 27th, 2021:
The competition, originally scheduled for March 2021, has been postponed for one year due to the global pandemic.
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 March 21 to 25, 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 the international song song competition to him in order to promote new talents and the hidden treasures of the most beautiful little musical form: that Song to rediscover.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
GERHART-HAUPTMANN THEATER, GÖRLITZ
ZAMEK KSIĄŻ, WAŁBRZYCH
Announcement of the winners
Award winner concert
Dr. Herbert Speckner Prize of the Ottobrunn community
€ 6,000 for the duo
recitals, sound recording
Special price for the best piano accompaniment
Wie kommen Sie nach Görllitz, wo können Sie günstig und gut übernachten.
How to get to Görllitz, where you can stay cheap.
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.