At this year's Heinz Kunle Competition of the Freundeskreis der Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe e. V., Hyunjin Lim (soprano), Jasmin Désirée Schaff (mezzo-soprano) and David Gatchel (piano) were awarded third prize (€ 1,200). Franziska Fait (soprano), Cláudia Pereira (mezzo-soprano) and Zihao Lin (piano) were awarded the second prize (€2,000), and Maine Takeda (soprano), Marie Gerhardine Iguchi (mezzo-soprano) and Pedro Vidinha Pandeirada (piano) received the first prize of €3,200. The jury included renowned musicians and university professors: Martin Schmidt, professor emeritus of choral conducting, Peter Gortner, the cantor of the Christuskirche Karlsruhe, Stephan Hoffmann, lecturer in choral conducting, and Dr. h. c. Hans C. Hachmann, the chairman of the Friends of the Karlsruhe University of Music and former SWR2 chamber music editor.
This year's competition was open to vocal ensembles (at least two singers) a cappella or accompanied by an instrument. It was held in two rounds. The program for each round was to include two works of different styles, either in their entirety or in movements. In addition, the compulsory piece in the first round was a canon composed especially for the competition by Moritz Laßmann.
The prize winners' concert will take place on Monday, November 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m., in the Velte-Saal of Schloss Gottesaue. Works by Henry Purcell, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Jacques Offenbach, Johannes Brahms, Léo Delibes, Antonín Dvořák and Moritz Laßmann will be heard.
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