26-year-old soprano Nikola Hillebrand from Germany is the first prizewinner of this year’s Das Lied International Song Competition.
In addition to the prize money of €15,000, the first prize is associated with performances at prestigious concert halls and music festivals as well as professional production in a studio of the public radio SWR2. The competition, founded by baritone Thomas Quasthoff, is regarded as one of the most important singing competitions in the world and this year took place for the second time in Heidelberg, Germany. 70 young singers and 51 pianists from all over the world had applied to compete in 2019.
The second prize of €10,000 will be shared by 25-year-old mezzo-soprano Yajie Zhang and 26-year-old baritone Konstantin Krimmel, who also received the audience prize of €2,000. The third prize of €5,000 went to 25-year-old baritone Michael Rakotoarivony, and an additional prize of €2,500 for the most promising future talent went to 26-year-old bass baritone Jeeyoung Lim. In his absence, 29-year-old pianist Matthew Fletcher was honoured as the best pianist of the competition and received €5,000.