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The Second International Lied Competition "Bolko von Hochberg" will take place between May 26 and 31, 2024 in Görlitz-Zgorzelec. It is open to professional duos (piano and singers) from all over the world. The age limit for singers is 40 years.

The three phases of the competition are as follows:

FIRST ROUND at Miejski Dom Kultury in Zgorzelec: May 26, 27, 28, 2024

SEMI-FINALS in the Kleiner Saal der Stadthalle in Görlitz: May 30, 2024

FINALS in the Kleiner Saal der Stadthalle in Görlitz: May 31, 2024

All phases of the competition are open to the public.

The registration deadline for the competition was December 31, 2024.

63 duos qualified to take part in the First Round. The selection was made by the members of the jury.

Information for participants

We warmly welcome you to our European city Görlitz-Zgorzelec. Here you will find the program of the first round, as well as the addresses of the halls and the practice rooms. You will also find information about your trip to Görlitz, a list of recommendations for accommodation. We wish that the competition will be an important step for your career, but also provide an enjoyable experience in our city.



1st prize: € 6,000

2nd prize: € 4,000

3rd prize: € 2,000

Special prize for the best piano accompaniment: € 1,000

Other special prizes ​


Prize of the Museum der Romantik in Dresden

- Song recital at the Kügelgenhaus in Dresden (2025) ​


Prizes of the society Ars Augusta e.V.

- Engagement for the Project "Andreas Hammerschmidt 2025"

- Song recital and sound recording (2025)

Special prize from Bartosz Żurakowski and the "Belle Voci" Foundation: participation in concerts at festivals in 2025.


Professor Alexander Schmalcz

Pianist and Lied accompanist, University of Music and Performing Arts, Leipzig

Professor Britta Schwarz

Alt, University of Music and Performing Arts, Dresden​

Victor Medem

Artistic director of the "Schubertiada" festival in Barcelona.

Prof. Ewa Biegas

Soprano, Academy of Music"Karol Szymanowski" in Katowice, Poland​

Bartosz Żurakowski

Conductor, Artistic Director of the Festival "Belle Voci" and "Masters of Prayer" Festival of Spiritual Song.

Alexandros Charkiolakis

Chairman, Society of Friends of Music, Megaron Mousikis Athinon (Athens)

Eleni Ioannidou

Soprano, artistic direction Ars-Augusta e.V.


The participants in the competition should choose a program of about 40min duration from the following list. Transpositions are allowed, as well as the selection of individual songs from cycles. The songs must be performed from memory and in the original language.

For the first round four songs are to be prepared (about 15-20min):

a. A Schubert song (in German)

b. A song in Italian (Schubert, Rossini or Beethoven)

c. A song in French (Duparc, Paladilhe or Hahn)

d. A song after poetry of Shakespeare

At the beginning, the participants have to recite two​ songs of their choice. The jury then proposes a third or possibly a fourth song.

Semi-finals and finals:

One 20-minute program each, selected by the jury.

The theme of the 2024 edition is "Orpheus: The Spirit of the Renaissance".

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