The first Joseph-Suder- Song Competition took place in 1994 at the suggestion of Josef Toni Dillenkofer, the deceased director of the “Bayerische Musikakademie Hammelburg”. It is designed for singers under the age of 35 to give the younger generation an understanding of the vocal repertoire of 20th century and at the same time to promote the junior artists. The young ladies and gentlemen obtain the opportunity to become acquainted with the works of Joseph Suder and other masters. The competition also includes the acquaintance with works of less famous composers because the genre of the song has developed quite diversely with individual composers.
At the 1st Joseph Suder – Song Competition of 1994 in Hammelburg the participants had to sing songs of Joseph Suder, Dietrich Ammende, Armin Knab, Mark Lothar and Anton Würz. The first place went to Birgit Beckherrn (Soprano, Hamburg), Sabine Zeilermeier (Soprano, Munich) won the 2nd prize and Franziska Maria Gottwald (Mezzo-Soprani, Hannover) was awarded with the 3rd prize. Complimentary awards went to Robert Eller (Weidenberg) and Irmhild Wiking ( Heidelberg). The special award for the best accompaniment went to Armin Fuchs ( Würzburg).
In the 2nd Joseph Suder – Song Competition in 1996 the obligatory songs were from Joseph Suder, Dietrich Ammende, Mark Lothar and Othmar Schoeck. Franziska Stürz (Soprano, Würzburg) won the first prize; the second prize went to Christopher Jung (Baritone, Leipzig). The third prize was shared by Angela de la Rosée (Soprano, Heidelberg) and Susanne Duwe (Soprano, Cologne). The special award for the best accompaniment went to Heinrich Martin from Würzburg.
In 1998 the 3rd Joseph Suder – Song Competition was taking place. This time the participants had to interpret compositions of Joseph Suder, Mark Lothar and Othmar Schoeck. The first prize was awarded to Silvia Böhm (Soprano, Bad Mergentheim); the second prize went to three young artists: Sabine Goetz ( Soprano, Mannheim), Petra Labitzke (Soprano, Würzburg) and Burkhard Schulz ( Baritone, Berlin). The award for the best accompaniment was given to Martin Ullrich (Berlin) by the “Bezirkstagspräsident” of Lower Franconia, Raymund Schmitt.
With the 4th Joseph Suder – Song Competition the sponsorship was demised from the “Bayerische Musikakademie Hammelburg” to the “Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg - Augsburg”, again in corporation with the Joseph-Suder-Foundation that sponsored the prizes worth 15.000 DM. The competition was further sponsored by the Free State of Bavaria, the association for project development “gewerbegrund” and the “Bayerischer Rundfunk”. Apart from the songs of Suder the singers performed works of composers of the 20th century which they could choose themselves. The 1st prize was won by Barbara decker (Soprano, Wuppertal), the 2nd prize went to Matthias Nenner (Baritone, Detmold) and the Ilonka Vöckel ( Soprano, Kirchheim/Teck) won the 3rd prize. The special award from the “Bayerische Volksstiftung” for the best accompaniment went to Matthias Wierig, Colone.
Also the 5th Joseph Suder – Song Competition (October 11 – 13, 2002) was sponsored and carried out by the “Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg - Augsburg”. In addition to the obligatory and electoral songs of Suder the participants could choose several songs of the 20th century. There were awarded two second prizes to Nelly Palmer and Lydia Teuscher (both Soprano and from Mannheim). The third prize went to René Perler (bass-baritone), the advancement award went to Thomas Schobert, bass. The “Bayerische Volksstiftung” awarded Juliane Ruf with the special award for the best accompaniment.
Nineteen participants were facing the jury in the 6th Joseph – Suder – Song Competition (October 22 – 24, 2004). Unfortunately the jury was reduced due to the unexpected death of chamber singer Kieth Engen. The level of the singers was again very high. Therefore the outstanding winner of the first prize Peter Schöne (Baritone, Hagen) was followed closely by the winners of the second and the third prizes, Mareke Freudenberg (Soprano, Hannover) and Joseph Weinhuber ( Baritone, Würzburg). The special award of the “Bayerische Volksstiftung” for the best accompaniment was shared by Arnaud Arbet from France and Tatiana Bergh from Hannover. The award winner’s concert was broadcastet by the “Bayerische Rundfunk” on January 10th, 2005 on B4 between 10.05 a.m. and 11.55 a.m.
The 7th Joseph Suder – Song Competition has taken place from the 13th to the 15th of October, 2006 in Nuremberg. The first prize went to Erwin Belakowitsch ( Baritone, Meining), Anja Fidelia Ulrich (Soprano, Fürth) won the 2nd prize and the 3rd prize went to Pei-Ying Lee (Soprani) from Leipzig. The special award for best accompaniment was won by Harukp Ochi from Munich.
Also the 8th Joseph Suder – Song Competition (October 10 – 12, 2008) was held in Nuremberg. In 2008 there was not awarded a first prize. The second prize went to Christian Eberl from Munich (Baritone), Steinunn Soffia Skejenstadt from Iceland (Soprano). Angelines Rubio Jimenez was awarded with the special award for best accompaniment.
The 9th Joseph Suder – Song Competition was the first time at the Study Center of the Academy of Music in Nuremberg in Neumarkt / Oberpfalz of 15th to 17th October 2010 carried out. First prize went to Andrea Zeilinger (Soprano), second prize Nesyba Anna (soprano) and the third prize went to Alexandra Hebart (mezzo soprano). The prize for the best piano accompaniment was split this year between Judi Polgar and Trung Sam.
The 10th Joseph Suder – Song Competition was once again in Nürnberg, for the first time in the beautiful Heilig-Geist-Saal from 12th to 14th October. First prize went to Maria Sibylla Müller (mezzo-soprano), second prize Hiltrud Kuhlmann (soprano) and the third prize went to Fjönir Olafsson (baritone). The prize for the best piano accompaniment went to Tobias Koltun.
The 11th Joseph Suder – Song Competition was again in Nürnberg in the beautiful Heilig-Geist-Saal from 17th to 19th October. First prize went to Barbara Elisabeth von Stritzky (soprano), second prize Felix Rumpf (baritone) and the third prize went to Julia Spies (mezzosoprano). The prize for the best piano accompaniment were devided between Ezgi Tanriverdi and Sora Elisabeth Lee.
Since 1994 the competition has taken place every 2 years. The jury of the competitions consisted of: Prof. Dr. Franz Hennevogl (chairman), Ulrike Buchs-Quante, Prof. Bürgener, Werner Dörmann, Prof. Louis H. Debes, Kammersänger Kieth Engen, Kammersängerin Prof. Ingeborg Hallstein, Prof. Gyöngyi Kovacs, Arno Leicht, Prof. Eugen Rabine, Prof. Jakob Stämpfli, Helene Steffan
The prizes of all past competitions were donated by the Joseph-Suder-Foundation. The Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and Art and the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation are sponsor of this international competition as well.