The Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition
About the competition
In the 15 years since the first Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, and thanks to the kind support of the Kohn Foundation, the competition has grown in status and remit.
This Competition recognises the song tradition as a whole and requires contestants to perform in at least three languages. At the same time it honours the Lied’s place at the heart of the song repertoire and celebrates the Shakespearean stature of Schubert in the genre.
- Attracts singers and pianists of the highest standing aged 33 or under, keen to embark on significant recital careers.
- Provides a valuable opportunity for feedback and guidance from a jury consisting of the highest calibre of internationally renowned artists, and directors from the world’s elite concert halls and music festivals.
- Promotes the interchange of ideas between artists from all over the world.
- Provides an important platform for public performance and the expansion of repertoire.
Applications is now closed for the 2013 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. The competition will take place at Wigmore Hall in London from Thursday 29 August – Tuesday 3 September 2013.
The Art of Song
The Art of Song is an exciting new online resource inspired by the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition. The resource comprises a series of short films in which Iain Burnside – pianist, writer, and broadcaster – talks to some of the world's greatest singers and experts about the magic of song.
Whether you're a singer considering taking part in a competition; an audience member eager to find out how competition jurors come to their decisions; or anyone looking to find out more about song and performance, this site contains a fascinating range of insights, opinions and ideas from those who've worked, performed, and succeeded in song at the highest level.
With expert insights from John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, and a dazzling selection of vocal stars, the videos cover topics including: what it's like to sing at Wigmore Hall; competition dos and don'ts; and how to deal with stage nerves, as well as conversations with jurors and previous winners of the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition.