As experience has shown since its inception in 1989, participation in this competition is a major investment in one’s musical future. Art songs that at first glance seem impossible to learn become very possible and dear to our hearts, while songs that are nearly two hundred years old shine like new. Contemporary music in apposition to the music of Franz Schubert creates a synthesis which fascinates performers and audience alike. The chance to become acquainted with the immense breadth and richness of the art song repertoire, while measuring oneself with other young duos, has proven to be most valuable. For this competition each duo builds a recital program which they will be able to use again and again in the future, while increasing their musical and dramatic power and broadening their musical taste. The competition’s repertoire list continues to grow, and participants are encouraged also to bring Lieder which are not on the list. The members of the jury are happy to provide feedback, and most duos take advantage of this offer. The International Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music“ exists to contribute to the artistic development of each participant and to the survival of the Art Song.



1st Prize: € 9.000,-

2nd Prize: € 6.500,-

3rd Prize: € 4.500,-

Audience prize: 2.000,
This prize will be awarded by the audience at the gala concert of the prize-winners performed on 12/02/2015 at Stefaniensaal.

Time & Place

1st and 2nd rounds: from 05 to 08/02/2015
3rd round: 10/02/2015

Place: Palais Meran, Florentinersaal, Leonhardstraße 15, 8010 Graz
Age limit: musicians born after February 12th, 1979


Daniel FUETER (Switzerland), Chair

Peter HAGMANN (Switzerland)│Rudolf JANSEN (Netherlands)│François LE ROUX (France)│Hanno MÜLLER-BRACHMANN (Germany)│Christiane OELZE (Germany)│Jan Philip SCHULZE (Germany)│Christine WHITTLESEY (Austria/USA)

Concerts and Scholarships

In addition, the prize-winners will be offered scholarships, concert engagements and broadcast recordings. For more information please click here.

Repertoire 2015

Repertoire edited by Christine Whittlesey