The Heidelberger Frühling strives each year to live up to its reputation as The Festival of Curiosity. Extraordinary artists meet each other and the audience in a personal atmosphere of freedom and exploration. Especially popular are the Festival Academy – with its focus on song (Thomas Hampson), chamber music (Igor Levit), and music journalism (Eleonore Büning) – as well as the innovative weekend program “Neuland.Lied” and the thematically unified chamber music series “Standpunkte”. This exciting and varied concept attracts more than 45,000 visitors each year and has made Heidelberger Frühling the most successful festival to be founded in Germany in the past 25 years.
The institution behind the festival – the Heidelberger Frühling gGmbH – now represents far more than the festival itself. It presents the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival (the “mother” of the numerous specialized festivals that have contributed to the continuing Renaissance of this instrumental genre) as well as the Heidelberg Music Conference, a two-day forum and think tank.
Heidelberg’s long tradition as a city of song was the catalyst for the foundation of the International Song Centre. The centre is a meeting point for global initiatives and is a home, a workshop, and a driving force for song performance. In this way, the inexhaustible variety of song can take root in the hearts and minds of artists, promoters, and listeners. Since 2017, the Song Centre has also been the home of Thomas Quasthoff’s international song competition, “Das Lied”.