Schubert and Schumann Lieder at the International Schubert Competition

41 Lied Duos from around the world competed against each other at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund, and nine of them made it to the grand final. The high-caliber jury awarded Meredith Wohlgemuth and Jinhee Park 1st prize, Giacomo Schmidt and Jong Sun Woo 2nd prize and Konstantin Paganetti and Franziska Staubach 3rd prize.

The audience also voted and the duo Schmidt & Woo was awarded the Audience Award.


Meredith Wohlgemuth and Jinhee Park, 1st prize

For this year's edition of the competition, the IV. LiedDuo-Wettbewerb 2023, around 70 duos from all over the world applied, from which the pre-selection jury selected 41 duos to come to Dortmund and present themselves to the international juryThe competition offers a total prizemoney of over EUR 30,000, including a CD production for the winners of the First Prize.

Chaired by Ingeborg Danz, one of the country's most renowned concert and lied singers, the jury was once again made up of international members including Elisabeth Ehlers, Prof. Ian Fountain, Michael Gees, Daniel Heide, Prof. Christine Schäfer, Sonja Stenhammar and Prof. James Taylor.

This year, the RAG-Stiftung has been once again the main sponsor of the International Schubert Competition, having supported the event since 2016For the 2023 competition, the Schubert Competition also entered into a new partnership with the Dortmund Konzerthaus, enabling the final round of the Schubert Competition to take place in the Great Hall, which also hosted the recital with Anna Lucia Richter as the opening concert of the competition. Anna Lucia Richter is also the official ambassador of the Schubert Competition 2023.

The Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation from Herdecke once again donated the first prize of 10,000 euros. The 2nd prize, endowed with 8,000 euros, was presented by the Dortmund Cultural Foundation. The 3rd prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, was made possible by the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund. For the first time, Sparkasse Dortmund also supported the International Schubert Competition Dortmund and presented the Audience Award, endowed with 2,000 euros. The special prize of 1,500 euros for the best Lied pianist was presented by Klavier & Flügel Galerie Maiwald. The Artur and Lieselotte Dumcke Foundation and the companies WALL and dinner&co also supported this year's edition of the competition.

Giacomo Schmidt and Jong Sun Woo, 2nd prize


1st prize: Duo Wohlgemuth & Park

Meredith Wohlgemuth/ Soprano (28), USA

Jinhee Park/ Piano (32), USA


2nd prize: Duo Schmidt & Woo

Giacomo Schmidt/ Bariton (26), Berlin

Jong Sun Woo/ Piano (31), London


3rd prize: Duo Paganetti & Staubach

Konstantin Paganetti/ Bariton (28), Frankfurt

Franziska Staubach/ Piano (31), Cologne



Ingeborg Danz (Chair), Elisabeth Ehlers, Ian Fountain, Michael Gees, Daniel Heath, Christine Schäfer, Sonja Stenhammar, James Taylor

Meredith Wohlgemuth and Jinhee Park, 1st prize

Giacomo Schmidt and Jong Sun Woo, 2nd prize

Konstantin Paganetti and Franziska Staubach, 3rd prize

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