An ocean of music can sink into one Lied. Sabine Bergk
Hello and a warm welcome to my podcast for contemporary Lied, probably one of the first worldwide, but hopefully not the only one. I have been writing contemporary Lied for more than 15 years together with modern composers. Nearly 200 Lieder were realized and we had performances a.o. at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Cologne, Munich, Dresden, Weimar, Hagen, Ingolstadt and Austria. Lied fancying people build a wonderful audience and I cannot understand, why it is always so hard to realize a Lied Recital.
Theaters are not very interested, publishing houses do not care for contemporary Lied and many professional musicians just have a lack of time to study new compositions. It always needs a special motivation to realize a contemporary Lied Recital. Special singers, special pianists, special places - and a special audience.
This podcast is created to bring special people together. It is also created to show that classical songwriting exists. A contemporary Lied can open its wings around the world. It can be heard and loved and find an international audience.
I believe that Lied is important in a world of uncertainty. It can give us hope and be a ray of sunshine for everyday life.
In the beginning, Lied can fly will present some of my own Lied collaborations and later on we will discover contemporary Lied of other poets and composers. I do not follow any dogmatic new music school. Lied doesn’t need dictatorship. It speaks to your heart.
A Lied is small, but free.
I hope that you will enjoy my podcast. Let Lied fly around the world to find you.
Leon Zmelty was born in 1997 in Lahnstein, where he grew up in a musical environment and received early instrumental lessons in guitar, piano, and trombone, among others. After completing his high school education, he began his bachelor's studies in composition and music theory at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg in the class of Gordon Kampe. He continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich with Moritz Eggert, as well as at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with Yair Klartag. In addition to numerous chamber music and orchestral concerts, music theater holds a special place in his work. He has realized numerous music theater projects, ranging from classical music theater to experimental and performative installations. In September 2021, Leon Zmelty won the composition competition of the “Landesmusikrat Hamburg”.
The young composer Eva Kuhn absolved her first composition lessons at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In Würzburg she graduated from her studies in Mathematics and Music education. Currently she is studying composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMTM) München in the Class of Prof. Moritz Eggert and singing with Prof. Monika Riedler. In 2022, she got a scholarship of the EWA foundation at the Felix-Mendelssohn competition of the HMTM Munich, 2021 she was granted by the Bavarian State for the scholarship "Junge Kunst und Neue Wege" and she received the Deutschlandstipendium of the HMTM Munich. Her compositions are performed at many festivals, a.o. at the Gustav Mahler Wochen in Toblach, the Festival Zither in Hof and at the 150 anniversary of Max Reger. She worked with ensembles as the El Cimarrón Ensemble, Quasar Quartet and the StimmGold Vokalensemble.
Alexander Keuk (*1971) ist a composer, singer, music journalist and moderator, based in Vienna and Dresden. In his early years, his education included singing, piano, bassoon and music theory. Later on, he studied composition at the university of music "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden with Hans-Jürgen Wenzel and Wilfried Krätzschmar. Keuk got several awards and was a fellow of the Musikfonds of the Deutscher Musikrat and the Kulturstiftung Sachsen. He is a member in several renowned choirs and a founder of the performing arts collective DEI FUNK WuK. His catalogue contains more than 70 compositions, vocal and for orchestra. Recently he had commissions by the MDR Sinfonieorchester and the Dresdner Kammerchor.
As a blogger (“Bad Blog of Musick”) and author he is a well-known critical voice in contemporary music, very often discussing current topics of cultural politics like #metoo, gender equality or the misuse of power in classical music. Among his best-known works are the cycle “Hämmerklavier” for piano solo and the song cycle “Neue Dichter Lieben”. Eggert is a pianist and has also appeared as a conductor, actor and singer on stage. His current projects include the opera production "Die letzte Verschwörung" (Volksoper Wien), which will premiere in March 2023 and new concertos for percussionist Konstantyn Napolov and violinist/violist Elisabeth Kufferath.