Jury of the 2017 edition

Ad 's-Gravesande


Adriaan ’s-Gravesande (1947) studied french horn and piano at the Conservatory of Aachen (Germany) and political science at the University of Amsterdam. He then worked for Dutch public radio and television. He hosted many discussion programms on social and cultural themes. He made many documentaries, mostly about music.

From 1984 until 1991 he was the Artistic Director of the Holland Festival, and co-founder of the Holland Dance Festival and the Dutch Theatre Festival.

Later, ’s-Gravesande became director of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. In 1999, he returned to a public broadcasting company as director for radio, television and internet productions. After six years, he became interim director for Asko|Schönberg, and worked as an administrator in the world of arts and media.

In 2009, he was appointed Intendant of the commemorative year 2016 for the Dutch medieval painter Jheronimus Bosch, called Jhernonimus Bosch 500. Here, he was responsible for a year round cultural program, consisting of book publishings, readings, films and projections, performing arts and 15 different exhibitions. The latter included the exposition Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of genius.

Adriaan ‘s-Gravesande is board member of, inter alia, the Liszt International Piano Competition and the Orlando Festival, an international chamber music festival.

Hans Eijsackers

Pianist, Artistic Director

Dutch pianist Hans Eijsackers was born in The Hague, Holland. He won the first edition of the Rotterdam 3-Day Piano Competition and the Princess Christina Competition when he was only 13 years old. He was winner of the European Piano Competition in 1991 in Luxembourg, also winning its Special Prize for the best song accompaniment.

Hans studied with Koos Bons, Gerard van Blerk, Jan Wijn and György Sebök. In 1992 he graduated at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam. In 1994 he was invited to enter a special programme at the Mozart Academy in Krakow. This resulted in recitals in Poland, Budapest, Cornwall, Asia and New York.

He teaches at the Fontys Academy of Tilburg and the Royal Academy of The Hague, and since 2013 he has been a Professor of “Liedgestaltung” at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Next to this, Hans Eijsackers performs as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist. He toured Italy, Russia and the Far East ( Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan). In 1993, as well as 1994 he received the medal of the Friends of the Concertgebouw. As part of the Concertgebouw “Rising Stars” programme, Hans played in Wigmore Hall, London, the Musikverein, Vienna and Carnegie Hall, New York. His recordings of the clarinet sonatas by Reger and by Brahms with Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer received international acclaim and the cd ‘Auf einer Burg’ with Henk Neven was nominated for a Grammy Award. Recently, their new cd, 'The Sea', with songs by Schubert, Debussy, and Fauré was released.

Hans regularly appears in European Festivals such as Dubrovnik, Proms and the Holland Festival. He was artistic director of the Uitgast Festival in Lelystad (The Netherlands). He was also invited to give concerts, masterclasses and lectures in Surabaya, Indonesia. Recently Hans performed piano concertos by Brahms en Martinu with the Schumann Philharmonie in Chemnitz and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra next to numerous appearances with baritone Henk Neven in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and France. Recently he started a succesfull project together with noted mezzosoprano Christianne Stotijn with theatrical concerts in Belgium and Holland.

Lenneke Ruiten


The highly demanded Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten started a few years ago an outstanding international career in concert and opera.

Important upcoming engagements include Sophie in ROSENKAVALIER at the Stuttgart Opera, a recital GROTE ZANGERS at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Bach’s ST.MATTHEWS PASSION in Haarlem and in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Aspasia in MITRIDATE in La Monnaie, Bruxelles, Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York and at the Edinburgh Festival, Gilda in RIGOLETTO at the Stuttgart Opera, Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL at De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, Giunia in LUCIO SILLA in La Monnaie, Bruxelles, Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL at La Scala, Milano and Lucia in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at the Opéra de Lausanne.

The last season she sang at La Monnaie Bruxelles Ophélie in Thomas’ HAMLET (Marc Minkowski / Olivier Py), at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris and in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden at a MONTEVERDI-GALA with Magdalena Kožená, Rolando Villazon and Le Concert d’Astrée (Emmanuelle Haïm), at the Holland Festival Angelica in Handel’s ORLANDO (René Jacobs), at the Salzbourg Festival 2014 Donna Anna in a new production of DON GIOVANNI. (Christoph Eschenbach / Sven-Eric Bechtolf), at the Theater an der Wien Iphigenie in IPHIGENIE EN TAULIDE and in Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATOIRIO as well as at the Stuttgart Opera Zerbinetta in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, La Folie in Rameau’s PLATÉE and Sophie in ROSENKAVALIER. In summer 2015 she made her debut at the Drottningholm Slottsteater as Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Marc Minkowski) and she sang Gretel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam. Lenneke Ruiten was invited during the 2014/15 season to sing concerts all over Europe f.e. a GALACONCERT at the Musikfest Bremen (Emmanuelle Haïm), Rachmaninov´s VOCALISE at the Cellobiennale, Amsterdam, DAS FLOSS DER MEDUSA by Henze with the Nederlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Markus Stenz) etc.

She has worked with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Christian Thielemann, Ivan Fischer, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Frans Brüggen, Alessandro de Marchi, Ton Koopman, Ottavio Dantone, Jérémie Rhorer and Martin Haselböck and with orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, The English Baroque Soloists, The Monteverdi Choir, the Mozarteum Orchester, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Dublin, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Akademie. She is a frequent guest performer at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms, Leipzig Bach Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Lucerne Festival and Holland Festival.

Lenneke Ruiten has a special passion for Lieder. She works with pianist Thom Janssen and has given recitals in venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, London and the Kaisersaal, Frankfurt.
Her discography includes MOZART CONCERT ARIAS (Spanjaard, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra – Pentatone), Bruckner’s MASS IN F MINOR (Marek Janowski, Suisse Romande – Pentatone), BACH CANTATAS (Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists – SDG), works by JC Bach (Rademann, Akademie für Alte Musik – Harmonia Mundi), CARMINA BURANA (SWR Vokal Ensemble), MÉLODIES FRANÇAISES and BRAHMS LIEDER.

Lenneke Ruiten studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Bavarian Theatre Academy in Munich with Maria Rondel and Meinard Kraak. She also completed her studies as a flautist and won several prizes at the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Jard van Nes


After finishing her piano studies with Sas Bunge, Jard van Nes started her vocal studies with Herman Woltman at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 1978 she was a prizewinner in the International Vocalist Concourse of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and in 1981 in the International Opera- and Belcanto Competition, organised by the Belgian Radio. In 1984 Jard van Nes received the prestigious Dutch Music-award after additional studies with Christa Ludwig and Noemie Perugia.

In a very short time, Jard van Nes became one of the most sought-after Dutch singers, who also outside her own country was considered to belong to the most important mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She worked on a regular basis with conductors of great fame like Daniel Barenboim, Roberto Benzi, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Ivan Fischer, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Reinbert de Leeuw, Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kurt Sanderling, Georg Solti, Hans Vonk and Edo de Waart. She performed with all the Dutch orchestras, but also with most of the top-orchestrasin the world she became a regular returning guest-soloist. Her repertoire ran from the period of early Baroque-music till pieces specially written for her, Theo Loevendie, Caroline Ansink, Tristan Keuris.

During her singing career she worked on all continents, except South-America and Africa. A special reputation she earned with the music of Gustav Mahler; worldwide she performed many times his orchestral- and piano songs, as well as solo parts in his symphonies, second, third and eight symphony. Also with her interpretation of Das Lied von der Erde she moved again and again a huge audience. With pianists like Gérard van Blerk, Roger Vignoles and David Selig, Jard van Nes has given song recitals all over the world. For instance in the Wigmore Hall, London; Carnegie Hall, New York; Le Theâtre de l’Athenée, Paris; Musikverein, Vienna and of course on all the important podia of Holland.

In 2002, Jard van Nes was 2002 was knighted in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 2014, she received the Blijvend Applaus lifetime award.

Anne Le Bozec


The French pianist Anne Le Bozec studied the piano, chamber music and accompaniment with Theodor Paraskivesco, Anne Grapotte, Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai. She was awarded with three 1st prizes at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris and the Konzertexamen for Lied at the Musikhochschule, Karlsruhe (Germany). Numerous master-classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Leonard Hokanson, Tabea Zimmermann, Gundula Janowitz, Julia Varady, were decisive in her evolution as a musician and a person.

She has won prizes in numerous international competitions: special prize for best accompanying pianist in the Stuttgart international lied competition and the Lili Boulanger competition in Paris, 1st Prize in the Guérande international piano competition, 2nd prize in the International competition Duo Schubert und die Moderne in Graz with the flautist Sandrine Tilly, well known in Korea. She receives grants from the Yamaha Music Foundation, the Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation and the Kunstiftung Baden-Württemberg.

Her regular partners on stage include lyrical artists Sabine Devieilhe, Marc Mauillon, Cyrille Dubois, Janina Baechle, Christian Immler, Philippe Huttenlocher, Amel Brahim-Djelloul, Karen Vourc'h, Isabelle Druet, Didier Henry, Roland Hermann, as well as cellists Alain Meunier, Yan Levionnois, pianists Christian Ivaldi, Flore Merlin, violinists Nicolas Dautricourt, Olivia Hughes, Hélène Collerette, the Ardeo, Navarra and Akilone Quartet, all over the world, from all major Parisian and European venues to the streets of the Far East.

A number of her recordings devoted to the Lied repertoire (Schubert, Mahler, Szymanowski, Delage, Wolf, Duparc, Brahms, a tribute to Shakespeare in 2016 and many others) have received enthusiastic reviews. Her complete songs of Chopin with the soprano Urszula Cuvellier are now considered a landmark recording. She has released numerous albums of chamber music, including the full sets of Beethoven’s and Fauré’s sonatas for cello and piano with Alain Meunier. She has also made four recordings of previously unreleased works in the collection Musiciens et la Grande Guerre (Musicians during WW1) on the Hortus Label.

Anne Le Bozec teaches vocal accompaniment at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris and regularly gives master-classes for lied, piano and chamber music. For five years she was in charge of the French melody class at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule.

Photo: David Santini

Wolfgang Holzmair


Wolfgang Holzmair was born in Vöcklabruck, Austria, and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with Hilde Rössel-Majdan (voice) and Erik Werba (lied).

The singer performs in recital throughout the world, including London, Lisbon, Moscow, New York, Seoul, Washington, at the Risör Festival (Norway), Bath, Belfast, Edinburgh and Oxford Lieder festivals (UK), Menuhin Festival (Switzerland), Bregenz and Carinthian Summer festivals (Austria) in collaboration with leading accompanists and pianists of our time. Recital performances in 2015/16 include such prestigious venues as the Kissinger Sommer in Germany’s Bad Kissingen, the Oxford Lieder Festival in the UK, the Huntington Estate Music Festival in Australia and the Carinthian Summer Festival in Austria.

Holzmair is also active in the opera world. Roles include Masino in Haydn’s La vera costanza, Papageno and Speaker of the Temple (Magic Flute), Don Alfonso (Cosi), Eisenstein (Fledermaus), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Music Master (Ariadne), the Father (Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Eduard (Neues vom Tage by Hindemith) or Demetrius (A Midsummernight’s Dream by Britten).

Equally in demand on the concert platform, he sings with leading European and American orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival, Vienna Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland and Concertgebouw Orchestras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, under eminent conductors including Blomstedt, Boulez, Chailly, Frühbeck de Burgos, I.Fischer, Haitink, Harnoncourt, Norrington, Ozawa.

Mr. Holzmair has an extensive discography of operas, concerts and songs ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert Brahms and Wolf to contemporary composers. His recordings have met with critical acclaim. For years he has also been a committed advocate of works, especially lieder, by formerly persecuted composers as is evidenced by his Krenek, Mittler, Zeisl, Schreker, Kowalski and Terezin/Theresienstadt CDs. His recording of Ein deutsches Requiem with Herbert Blomstedt won a Grammy award and his recent Wigmore Hall Live recording of Schumann and Reimann songs with Imogen Cooper was on the 2014 Gramophone Shortlist for Best Vocal Recording.

Since 1998 he has taught lied and oratorio at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and given master classes in Europe, Japan and North America. He is also a visiting professor of the Royal Academy of Music (London) and a fellow of the Royal College of Music (London). In 2014, he was appointed Director of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.

Photo: Allegro Vivo

Thomas Steinhöfel


Thomas Steinhöfel studied at the music school „Schloss Belvedere Weimar“ after receiving his first piano lessons and than went on to study at The College of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar in the piano class of Volkmar Lehmann and Lied class with Ludwig Bätzel.After completing his diploma he received a two-year scholarship at the Music Academy in Budapest, where he continued his studies with Ferenc Rados and Attila Némethy.

Since 1993 he has been a professor of piano and Lied at the College of music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar. During the Weimar Masterclasses he accompanied vocal and instrumental courses for different guest professors as well as playing for the „International Young Violinists Louis Spohr Competition“.

Among various singer partners he frequently worked together with mezzosoprano Alexandra Sherman, soprano Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger, tenor Uwe Stickert and bariton Mario Hoff. Guest courses have led him to many european countries (Guildhall school of music London, Conservatorio G. Verdi Milano, Music academy F. Liszt Budapest, Mimar Sinaan university Istanbul, University Jyväskylä,) as well as Brazil and USA.

At the Liszt-Festival 2011 he played several solo concerts with works of Liszt in Bayreuth, Weimar and Meiningen. In the same year he hold masterclasses to the Liedrepertoire of Franz Liszt at the Joseph-Haydn Konservatorium Eisenstadt and at the Janacek-academy in Brno.

He finished the CD-recording of Complete German Folk Songs of Johannes Brahmsand released a CD with works for four hands by Johann Nepomuk Hummel with pianist Sebastian Roth.