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international master class for lied duos

19 – 26 May 2024

Joining our International Masterclass for Lied Duos means seizing the opportunity to work on your artistic development in a stimulating environment with the world’s greatest masters of art song.


Masters in 2024

Our patron Robert Holl will again teach for two days, focussing on songs by Schubert. In addition, your teachers will be Roderick Williams, Roger Vignoles, Bernarda Fink and Hans Eijsackers, most of whom will also perform during the festival. Performance coach Waltraud Österreicher and Professor of Lieder Richard Stokes complete the 2024 teaching team.


Festival theme 2024: Tell me more!

There’s no life without stories. For centuries people have passed down countless myths, legends and fairy tales through telling or songs sung by troubadours. These stories have become timeless and part of humankind’s history. Among the oldest written down stories belong the Homeric verses, the Bible and Arabian Nights.
As children we learn from the stories we are told in the twilight zone between day and night. Stories that ideally are comforting, stimulate our imagination, and help us to distinguish facts from fiction. As we grow into adults, stories can reassure us and offer a shelter against a crazy and at times terrifying world, while at the same time introducing us to absurdities. They help spark our imagination and improve our understanding of each other and the world we live in. Therefore, stories can also lie the truth. It is important that we keep telling stories of injustice and inhumanity, of solidarity and friendship. Music, dance, poetry and songs al have the unquestionable power of doing just that. So, tell us your story!


Masterclass 2024: May 19 – 26, 2024

Our 8-day International Masterclass lasts from Sunday to Sunday, and consists of a unique series of both public and private lessons on interpretation, poetry, language, cultural history and performance coaching. All sessions take place in the historic and green surroundings of the Moravian Church nearby Slot Zeist (Zeist Castle).

  • Welcome, getting acquainted, informal get-together with masters, attending recitals: Sunday, May 19
  • Masterclass sessions and attending recitals: Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24
  • Presentation recital and closing lunch: Saturday, May 25
  • Recitals by masterclass students at locations in (the vicinity of) Zeist: Sunday, May 26

Repertoire requirements

Please take note of the following conditions concerning your choice of songs. We invite you to send us a proposal for a recital consisting of a minimum of 8 songs considering this year’s festival theme. Your programme is required to feature the following:

  • at least 3 songs in German, two of them by Schubert
  • 2 songs in French
  • 2 songs in English
  • and one or two in another language fitting your program proposal.

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

During themasterclass, you will have the opportunity to work on parts of your proposed programme. The masters will choose in consultation with you which songs will be worked on; we do not allow duplications during the sessions. All songs must be sung by heart. However, participants are advised to take notes, so keep your scores on stage.


Application and admission

Themasterclass is meant for (pre)professional singer-pianist duos. We do not accept applications form singers or pianists separately. To apply, please send in the completed application form and upload the following:

  • individual photos of both singer and pianist (jpeg, pdf, tiff, eps / max 4 Mb each)
  • a biography of both singer and pianist (max 300 words, in English or German, in word-format without any lay-out). Note that your biography must be a written-out text and not a resume.
  • 2 videos featuring a performance of 2 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 64 Mb each)
  • your programme proposal and motivation (max 300 words, in English or German, in word-format without any lay-out).

Application closes on March 15, 2024. Applicants will receive notice before April 1, 2024, whether they have been accepted.


Tuition fee

The tuition fee for themasterclass is € 300,00 per musician and must be paid before May 1, 2024:
IBAN NL03 SNSB 0925 0975 43
Stichting Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist
Citing: Tuition feemasterclass
Your admission will automatically be cancelled if the tuition fee has yet to be received by May 1, 2024.


Accommodation

Participants will be accommodated with host families from Saturday, 18, until Sunday, May 26, 2024. Coffee, tea, and lunch will be provided onmasterclass days. In addition, you will receive a passe-partout for all recitals during the festival.


Why choose our International Masterclass?
Broad curriculum

Continuous development is essential for the careers of young singer-pianist duos. That’s why our masterclass is an inseparable part of the Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist. We offer a unique opportunity to work with renowned singers and pianists who have earned excellent reputations. You can expect a broad curriculum and immersive teaching ranging from public sessions on interpretation to private performance coaching and lectures on poetry, culture and history.


Become a unique duo

The masterclass offers both private and public teachings. During the private sessions, the masters will work with you on forging and moulding your craftmanship to become a unique duo of your 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 public sessions are attended by a relatively large, educated, and eager but friendly audience, which is offered a rare chance to see artists grow on the spot. Listeners get a ‘glimpse behind the scenes’ that is much appreciated. But, more importantly, it has a function on its own. As young singers and pianists, you experience whether what you have learned as a duo comes across, which enables you to craft your musicianship in dialogue with the audience. The intricate interaction between music and text, your duo, and the public comes to life during these sessions. When young talents succeed in establishing this threefold relationship, a bright future lies ahead. That’s what makes our masterclass so extraordinarily special.


Working together as a group

Our aim is to create a welcoming and friendly environment, in which artistry can blossom and makes you feel invited to explore your ambitions. Setting goals and working hard to reach them can be a personal, somewhat lonesome journey at times. Inspired by Schubert’s Freundeskreis – our first festival’s theme and at the heart of everything we do – we offer you the opportunity of a lifetime: learning from the best, meeting your colleagues and making friendships for life.


International opportunities

Participating in the masterclass also means embarking on our Next Generation programme. Participants of our International Masterclass will be invited to join our Young Artists Platform in the coming years. Winning this audition means additional opportunities to perform in future editions of the Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist and our international collaborators, such as Oxford International Song Festival and Schubertíada Vilabertrán.

masters

Robert Holl

bass-baritone

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 poets and the philosophy of the time they lived in. Since 1998 Robert Holl is a professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Since start of Internationaal Lied Festival until 2022, Robert Holl has been our artistic director. Both he and Elly Ameling are the festival’s patrons.

Bernarda Fink

mezzo-soprano

Bernarda Fink is one of the most sought-after singers in concerts and recitals and has been acclaimed for her musical versatility. She has been invited by the leading orchestras and conductors in Europe and America and has appeared to widespread critical acclaim in Argentina and at the most important opera houses in Europe. Her repertoire ranges from ancient music up to music of the 20th century. Fink regularly holdsmasterclasses at among others the Wiener Meisterkurse and the Schubert-Institute in Baden. Also, she was on the jury of serveral song competitions. In 2016 Fink gave a memorable recital at the festival.

Roderick Williams

baritone

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought-after baritones of his generation and is constantly in demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. He also is an established composer and has recently taken up the role of Composer in Association of the BBC Singers. For the 2024 edition of the Young Artist Platform, he wrote a brand-new song that will be the compulsory work for all participating duo’s. In addition, he will be one of the members of the jury. During opening night May 18, Williams will be performing with pianist Roger Vignoles in the recital Knights and Legends.

Roger-Vignoles
Roger Vignoles

piano

In a career spanning five decades, Roger Vignoles has become recognized throughout the world as a leading exponent of the art of song, a ‘wonderful pianist, superb musician and ace accompanist’. He has appeared at all the world’s principal venues and festivals with many renowned artists. While continuing his busy playing career, Vignoles is deeply committed to working with and coaching younger singers and pianists. He gives frequent masterclasses and workshops in Europe, Scandinavia and the US. During opening night on May 18, Roger Vignoles will be performing with baritone Roderick Williams in the recital Knights and Legends.

Hans Eijsackers

piano

Hans Eijsackers is a renowned pianist who regularly appears on stage as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist. As such, he has worked with numerous singers and instrumentalists worldwide. With baritone Henk Neven, he has formed a longstanding collaboration as a lied duo. 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, he regularly is a member of national and international juries, teaches masterclasses and is the artistic leader of the International Student LiedDuo Competition in Groningen. In 2022, Eijsackers and Henk Neven took over the festival’s artistic direction from Robert Holl. With bass-baritone Henk Neven he will give a recital during closing night on May 26 with ballads in all sorts and forms as its central theme.

Waltraud Österreicher

performance coach

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 she is now a sought-after musician coach.

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.

Richard Stokes

musicologist

Richard Stokes is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and regularly gives lectures andmasterclasses. On many occasions he was on the jury of international song competitions. He is renowned for his translations of operas and books on art song. He wrote down his extensive knowledge of the domain of art song in an impressive collection of books on the subject, including The Spanish Song Companion, A French Song Companion which he wrote in collaboration with Graham Johnson, The Book of Lieder and The Penguin Book of English Song. In the autumn of 2020, his translation of Helmut Deutsch’s Memoirs of an Accompanist appeared, later followed by The Complete Songs of Hugo Wolf. Life, Letters, Lieder.

Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges is an esteemed scholar of German song, gender, concert history, the relations between text and music, and the lives and works of Brahms, Robert, and Clara Schumann. In 2021 she was awarded her own chair at the Royal College of Music, and in the spring of 2022, she was appointed professor of musicology at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. Her publications include several books on Brahms’ life and work. Outside of her academic activities, Loges is a lecturer – regularly to be heard on BBC Radio 3, where she also performs as a song pianist – and is a writer for BBC Music Magazine.

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 she is now a sought-after musician coach.
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.

application form masterclass

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