International Master Class for Lied Duos

15 – 22 May 2022

Ready to take the next step in your career?
Join our International Master Class for Lied Duos

The Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist is one of Europe’s most important art song festivals, offering you the opportunity to work on your artistic development in a very stimulating environment with the world’s greatest masters.

Festival theme 2022: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
Heinrich Heine’s poem Auf Flügeln des Gesanges offers the central theme for the 2022 edition of our festival. It is a poem filled with dreams about foreign places and connecting East and West. It expresses a desire to bond to others, overcome barriers, praises nature’s intrinsic power, and, at last, the tension between these dreams and reality. Without a doubt, these themes are very relevant to us still.

Works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms run through all the festival’s programs and activities, as do poems by Heine, Eichendorff, and Groth. Works by other composers will all address the themes mentioned above. Olivier Messiaen, for example, who truly gave wings to art song.

Masters in 2022
Patron Elly Ameling and artistic director Robert Holl each will teach two days. In addition, your teachers are Iain Burnside, Roderick Williams, and Hans Eijsackers, who will also perform during the festival. Performance coach Waltraud Österreicher and poetry and language expert Cas Jönsthövel complete the 2022 teaching team.

Schedule 2022: May 15th – May 22nd

  • Welcome and getting acquainted: Sunday, May 15th
  • Masterclass sessions: Monday, May 16th – Friday, May 20th
  • Presentation recital: Saturday, May 21st
  • Recitals on locations in (the vicinity of) Zeist: Sunday, May 22nd

Participants of the master class receive a passe-partout for all the festival’s recitals and are expected to visit as many performances as possible.

Registration and admission 
The master class is meant for (pre)professional singer-pianist duos. 
To apply please send in the completed application form and upload:

  • individual photos of both singer and pianist (jpeg, pdf,  tiff, eps / max 4 mb each)
  • a curriculum vitae of both singer and pianist (max 300 words, in English or German; pdf, word (doc, docx) / max 2 mb each)
  • and two videos featuring a performance of two songs (contrasting in character) by you and your duo partner in high quality of both picture and sound (mpeg, mpeg4, mp4, waf, avi, mov, wmv / max 32 mb each)

You should send in your application before April 10th, 2022. Applicants receive notice whether they have been accepted before April 15th, 2022.

We invite you to send us a proposal for a recital consisting of a minimum of 8 songs and taking into account this year’s festival theme, concerning literary themes and the composers and poets mentioned earlier. Your programme is required to feature:

  • 2 songs by Schubert, 2 by Brahms and 2 by Mendelssohn
  • 2 songs from the 20th/21st century repertoire in another language than German, fitting your program proposal, related to the festival theme and preferably on a (translated) text by Heine, Eichendorff or Groth

Also, include a short motivation for your programme proposal in your application.

During the master class, you will have the opportunity to work on parts of your proposed programme. The masters will choose which songs will be worked on in consultation with you because we do not allow duplications during the sessions. In addition, there will be a series of lessons on poetry, interpretation, and performance coaching.

During the master class, all songs must be sung by heart, and scores are not allowed on stage.

Tuition fee
The tuition fee for the master class is € 300,00 per musician and must be paid before May 1st, 2022:

IBAN NL 03 SNSB 0925 0975 43
Stichting Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist
Citing: ‘Tuition fee master class’. 

If the tuition fee has not been received by May 1st, the admission will be cancelled automatically. 

Participants will be accommodated with host families from Saturday, May 14th, till Sunday, May 22nd, 2022. Coffee, tea, and lunch will be provided on master class days.  

Why choose our master class?

Broad curriculum

We believe continuous development is essential for the careers of young singer-pianist duos. That’s why our master class is an inseparable part of the International Lied Festival Zeist. We offer a unique opportunity to work with renowned singers and pianists who have earned an excellent reputation. You can expect a broad curriculum ranging from sessions on interpretation to performance coaching. So do take the next step in your career and join us for a seven-day learning experience that lasts you a lifetime.

Become a unique duo

The master class of the International Lied Festival Zeist offers both private and public teachings. During the private sessions, the masters will work on forging and moulding the pianist and singer to become a unique duo of their own by focusing on the unity of text and music. Music and poetry will be treated equally and thoroughly. Due to the private setting, masters and students build the trust necessary to enhance artistic expressiveness through experiment.

Interaction with a warm audience

The relatively large, educated, and eager but friendly public that visits the public sessions of the master class – often more than 50 people – is offered a glimpse behind the scenes. But, more importantly, it has a function on its own. The young singers and pianists experience whether what they have learned as duos comes across and craft their musicianship in dialogue with the audience. The intricate interaction between music and text, the duo, and the audience, comes to life during these sessions. A bright future lies ahead when young talents successfully establish this threefold relationship. Precisely that makes makes our master class so extraordinarily special.

And of course: our masters

Elly Ameling
The Queen of the Lied, of course, needs no further introduction. After making her debut in 1953, Elly Ameling made her appearance on stage worldwide. Three years later, she won the first prize at the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Elly Ameling became famous for her interpretations of French and German art song. Her performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony set the standard for years to come. She has long said farewell to the concert stage, but until today remains an active tutor for new generations of singers during masterclasses throughout the world.

Robert Holl
Over the years, Robert Holl has become one of the most renowned interpreters of Lied of our time. He is well-known for the expressivity of his interpretations and the intimacy he invokes. Always putting the text first during a recital is distinctive in his performances. Robert Holl’s vision of the art of song is rooted deeply in his extensive knowledge of poetry and philosophy of the time they originated. Since 1998 Robert Holl is a professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

Iain Burnside 
Internationally acclaimed as a leading collaborative pianist, Iain Burnside is often seen as ‘the ideal song pianist’. He worked with the world’s greatest singers, including Roderick Williams. His discography includes over fifty CDs, spanning a vast sweep of repertoire, including well-known and lesser-known works. The press wrote about his explorations of Scottish, English and Irish repertoire that ‘the results were exciting’. Burnside initiated a new form of dramatic recital and, in addition to his concert practice, is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera. He gives masterclasses worldwide, teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and is a programmer for Wigmore Hall.

Roderick Williams
Roderick Williams is one of the most sought-after baritones of his generation. He performs a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. In addition to being a performing artist, Williams is also a composer. Currently, he is singer-in-residence for Music in the Round in Sheffield, presenting concerts and leading on dynamic and innovative learning and participation projects that introduce amateur singers, young and old, to performing classical song repertoire.

Hans Eijsackers
Hans Eijsackers is a renowned collaborative pianist working together with numerous singers and instrumentalists from around the world. Since 2013 he has worked as a professor of Liedgestaltung at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and teaches chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In addition, Eijsackers gives masterclasses worldwide and is the artistic director of the International Student LiedDuo Competition and member of the jury of the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch. As of 2022, he and baritone Henk Neven take over the artistic leadership of the International Lied Festival Zeist as successors of Robert Holl.

Waltraud Österreicher
Austrian actress Waltraud Österreicher is a versatile person. She graduated as a musician and actor and made several films and theatre performances at home and abroad. Her passion for people and her broad background in music, theatre and psychology mean that she is now a much sought-after coach for musicians.
She gained significant knowledge on vocalisation and text delivery, diction, pantomime, posture and movement and group dynamics. Her expertise and experience enable her to analyse a musician’s unique gifts and personal barriers quickly. With all her diverse training and coaching, extensive experience and strong intuition, she loves to accompany musicians into a happy, fulfilling and successful life, both professionally and personally.

Cas Jönsthövel
Cas Jönsthövel is an expert at interpreting German texts in art song, including pronunciation. In addition to years of teaching experience, he built up a broad musical understanding and gained theatrical experience as a player. He pronounces German texts as if he were a native speaker and knows the problems of a non-native speaker out of his own experience. For many years Cas Jönsthövel was a vocal coach at the Voice department of the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. And also, he was affiliated with the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

application form masterclass

photo: jpeg, pdf, tiff, eps / max 4 mb.
curriculum vitae: pdf, word (doc, docx) / max 2 mb.
video: mpeg, mpeg4, mp4, waf, avi, mov, wmv / max 64 mb.

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