A duo competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music


The competition is open to all voice categories. All artsongs are welsome, including contemporary pieces


The competition is a duo competition, and voice and piano are judged as an artistic entity. The competition takes place at the Royal Danish Academy of Music October 25th-27th, 2019.


The competition is founded by The Soloist Association of 1921 in collaboration with The Danish Song Society and The Royal Danish Academy of Music..


Please note that the preliminary rounds take place at Studio Hall, where admission is limited. 


Duo Holm/Haagen


Singer: Sophie Haagen

Pianist: Elias Holm 

Theo Platt & Keval Shah


Pianist: Keval Shah 

Singer: Theodore Platt

Duo NewBrook


Pianist: Johannes Stenberg Brooks

Singer: Johanna Nylund

Joakim Larsson & Markus Kvint


Singer: Joakim Larsson

Pianist: Markus Kvint 


SPECIAL PRIZE: Best performance of Danish repertoire

Pianist: Rames Mhaanaha 

Singer: Mathias Monrad Møller


SPECIAL PRIZE: Best performance of a song by Carl Nielsen

Singer: James Williams

Pianist: Meghan Behiel 

Prices 2019

1. price: dkk 50.000 (6.700 euro) 

2. price: dkk 30.000 (4.020 euro)

3. price: dkk 20.000 (2.680 euro) 

4. price: dkk. 10.000 (1.340 euro)

Extra Price: Best performance of Carl Nielsen song:
dkk. 15.000

Extra price: Best performance of lied in Danish languish:
dkk. 10.000
A price is one amount for each duo

The jury

Andreas Schmidt

Singer/ Hochschule für Musik und Theater MünchenAdvanced settings.

Eva Hess Taysen

Singer/ Det Danske Sangselskab

Thomas Schuback

Conductor, pianist, professor emeritus

Kirsten Buhl Møller

Singer / Professor, DKDM

Niklas Siveløv

Pianist, professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy

Toke Lund Christiansen

Chairman of the jury / Solistforeningen af 1921

Tove Lønskov

Pianist / Det Danske Sangselskab

Competition rules


The competition takes place at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. In the first round every Lied-Duo will appear with a 20-minute program (repertory A). This round must include at least five minutes with a Lied in Danish.

In the second round, the semifinals, there is a maximum of eight performing duos, and the program (repertoire B) has for each Duo a length of 30 minutes. This round must also contain a minimum of five minutes with Danish language Lied.

In the final, it is expected that there are four participating duos, all of which will receive an award. The program here has a length of 20 minutes. This program may contain up to 10 minutes of music from the first round (repertory A) supplemented by an additional 10 minutes of new repertoire. And in the finale it is required a minimum of five minutes performance of a Lied in Danish.

All contest participants disclaims copyright to their action. Parts of the competition will therefore be transmitted on radio and television, posted on the web or added to (not commercial) recording.


Age Limit for each of the performers in the duo is on the first competition day 35 years. It costs no fee to enter the competition. The selected duos must pay DKK 800 deposit within five days of the selection. The amount will not be refunded upon attendance when the competition starts.

A pre-jury will select the 12 duos from the submitted sound recordings thus qualify to enter the competition.

The pre-jury will also have the opportunity to select 3 duos who are invited to the competition – in the case of withdrawal from the preliminarily selected. 


The programme for the competition shall consist of 60 minutes of music of which at least 15 minutes must be in the Danish language. 12 duos perform in the first round: each duo with a programme of 20 minutes (repertoire A), of which at least 5 minutes must be in the Danish language.

8 duos perform in the second round: each duo with a programme of 30 minutes (repertoire B), of which at least 5 minutes must be in the Danish language.

4 duos perform in the final round: each duo with a programme of 20 minutes, of which at least 5 minutes must be in the Danish language. In this round 10 minutes of music can be from repertoire A.


(The Soloist Association of 1921)