The 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition

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Dates: The Competition itself will take place between Saturday 2 – Thursday 7 September 2017 inclusive. Selected singers will be expected to arrive in London no later than Saturday 2 September 2017 and leave on Friday 8 September 2017.

Venues: All Rounds of the Competition will be held at Wigmore Hall.

Rules and Repertoire: The full rules, requirements for entry and repertoire for the Competition can be found here.

Sir Ralph Kohn FRS

WHISC RalphKohn cMauriceFutermanThis year’s competition celebrates the outstanding contribution of the late Sir Ralph Kohn FRS as its original founder. It is also a fitting tribute to this great man and his huge contribution to medical science, philanthropy and music.






The 23 duos selected to compete in the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition are:

  • Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano (USA) and Tyler Wottrich (USA)
  • Coline Dutilleul, mezzo-soprano (Belgium) and Jocelyn Freeman (UK)
  • Dusica Bijelic, soprano (Serbia) and Boris Radulovic (Serbia)
  • Edward Ballard, baritone (UK) and Manon Fischer-Dieskau (UK)
  • Gareth Brynmor John, baritone (UK) and James Sherlock (UK)
  • Gemma Summerfield, soprano (UK) and Sebastian Wybrew (UK)
  • Harriet Burns, soprano (UK) and Ian Tindale (UK)
  • John Brancy, baritone (USA) and Peter Dugan (USA)
  • Josh Quinn, baritone (USA) and You Zhao (China)
  • Julien Van Mellaerts, baritone (New Zealand/UK) and Gamal Khamis (UK)
  • Kristina Bachrach, soprano (USA) and Daniel Anastasio (USA)
  • Lauren Lodge-Campbell, soprano (UK/Australia) and Michael Sikich (USA)
  • Lawrence Halksworth, baritone (UK) and Daniel Gerzenberg (Germany)
  • Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano (Australia) and Hannah Harnest (USA/Germany)
  • Louise Kemény, soprano (UK/Hungary) and Edward Liddall (UK)
  • Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano (USA) and Ryan McCullough (USA)
  • Marie Lys, soprano (Switzerland) and João Araújo (Portugal)
  • Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano (UK) and Lana Bode (USA)
  • Nicholas Mogg, baritone (UK) and Jâms Coleman (UK)
  • Oddur Jonsson, baritone (Iceland) and Somi Kim (New Zealand)
  • Peter Kellner, bass (Slovakia) and Pedro Costa (Portugal)
  • Peter Mazalan, baritone (Slovakia) and Xenia Jarova (Slovakia)
  • Will Liverman, baritone (USA) and Jonathan King (USA)

International Jury

The Members of the International Jury will include:

  • John Gilhooly OBE Chairman
    Director, Wigmore Hall
  • Hugh Canning
    Chief classical music critic of The Sunday Times
  • Bernarda Fink
  • Christian Gerhaher
  • Soile Isokoski
  • David Jackson
    Artistic Director, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
  • Graham Johnson OBE
  • François Le Roux
  • Dame Felicity Lott

Invitation Jury

The Members of the Invitation Jury are:

  • Richard Jackson
  • Simon Lepper
  • Joy Mammen
    singing teacher, vocal coach

Contact: Specific enquiries should be directed by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to the General Manager, Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition


Important rules and regulations information for the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition entrants