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In 2021, KM Music Conservatory are partnering with Trinity Laban International Academies to host the Art Song Festival 2021 online. Building on the 2020 Art Song Festival which was eventually cancelled due to the pandemic, this year we are going virtual to share a love of art song. 

The Festival includes a competition, and a series of online masterclasses with the competition judges. If you are selected for the competition, you will also participate in one of the masterclasses. 

The competition is open to singer and piano duos, and singers using backing tracks. You can be a student, recent graduate or professional musician. For full details please see the rules and regulations.

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Welcome to the Art Song Festival 2021!


After the cancellation of last year’s inaugural festival due to lockdown, we are delighted to be hosting the festival online this year, partnering with Trinity Laban to deliver a series of open masterclasses, workshops and competitions for musicians in India and beyond!

Art song is a favourite genre for performers and audiences of Western Classical music. Usually written for solo singer and piano and performed in concert halls rather than theatres, it offers audiences a more intimate performance experience than opera and requires finely nuanced delivery from performers. The songs set works by great poets, allowing singer and pianist to work together as equals to communicate sublimely beautiful poetry and music.

We hope that this year’s festival will encourage musicians and audiences in India to discover the rich musical world of art song, and provide a platform for performers to showcase their talents. We also want to support composers in the writing of new art songs, and invite submissions to the festival for recording projects. We are delighted to welcome our judges, Jennifer Hamilton, Karl Lutchmayer and Patricia Rozario, and our composition workshop leader Chris Caine, all extremely experienced performers and educators who will work with selected young musicians and help them develop their crafts.

All of our events will be live-streamed online and free to attend. We look forward to welcoming you online in July,

Nina Kanter
Art Song Festival Director


Patricia Rozario OBE

Professorial Staff - Voice
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; and Royal College of Music


Jennifer Hamilton

Head of Vocal Studies
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

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Karl Lutchmayer

International Concert Pianist and Music Educator

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Masterclasses: Tue 6 July | Thu 8 July | Tue 13 July
Original Art Song Composition Workshop: Thu 15 July

Final: Saturday 17 July

As part of the Art Song Festival, we want to encourage the writing and performing of new works which reflect modern life from diverse perspectives.  We therefore have requested student composer's of Trinity Laban International Academies and KM Music Conservatory to submit original art songs for voice and piano to the festival. Those selected will work with Trinity Laban's Professor Chris Caine and KMMCs Dr Jimmy Bunch in a live-streamed online composition workshop, focussed on text setting and writing for voice. Some may also be selected for recording by festival judges and KMMC faculty members.

Composition workshop for original art songs

Watch an art song performance

'Wo die Berge so blau' from An die ferne Geliebte

Soprano: Nina Kanter
Pianist: Karl Lutchmayer

Performance of Beethoven's 'Wo die Berge so blau' from An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98, during the Bangalore International Centre's 'Beethoven Variations event'. 

Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte ('To the distant beloved'), composed in 1816, is thought to be the earliest example of a song cycle: a Romantic musical form which uses several art songs performed together to tell the story of a character. In An die ferne Geliebte, a lovesick man sings songs for his distant love, dreaming that she will hear them and sing them back to him, joining their hearts together. In this song, 'Wo die Berge so blau' ('Where the mountains so blue'), the narrator longs for the peace found in nature, as it brings him closer to his beloved.