German Choral Conducting Award

Highlight and conclusion of the promotion of young talented choral conductors by the Forum Dirigieren

The German Choral Conducting Award – an initiative of the German Music Council in cooperation with the RIAS Kammerchor - is the highlight and conclusion of the Forum Dirigieren's support for young talented choral conductors and at the same time the only competition for young choral conductors in Germany. The RIAS Kammerchor, one of the world's leading professional choirs, is a partner in awarding the prize.

The competition for the 6th German Choral Conducting Award will be held in Berlin from 7 to 12 October 2024. The final concert will take place on 12 October 2024 at 8 pm in the Elisabeth Church in Berlin-Mitte.

With up to 50 concerts per season on stages in Germany and around the world, the RIAS Kammerchor is one of the country's most important touring choirs. In the 2023/24 season, it celebrates its 75th birthday. The choir is renowned for its precise sound. 34 professionally trained singers make up the multinational ensemble. Numerous awards document its international reputation, including the German Record Critics' Award, the ECHO Klassik and the Gramophone Award.

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They have become choir directors at the Stuttgart State Opera or the Salzburg State Theatre, deputy choir directors at the Semperoper Dresden or chief conductors of the SWR Vokalensemble - the careers of the finalists of the previous German Choral Conducting Awards are as varied as they are impressive.

In the gallery below, you can watch and listen to the live stream of the final concert of the German Choral Conducting Award 2022.

Programme 2022

Max Reger:
Der Mensch lebt, op. 138, 1
Kreuzfahrerlied, op. 138, 5

Joanna Marsh: A Woman

Johann Michael Bach: Ehre sei Gott

Max Reger:
Nachtlied, op. 138, 3
Das Agnus Dei, op. 138, 6

Joanna Marsh: You want

Johann Michael Bach: Nun hab ich überwunden

Max Reger:
Morgengesang, op. 138, 2
Schlachtgesang, op. 138, 7

Roxanna Panufnik: Child of heaven

Johann Bach: Sei nun wieder zufrieden

Impressions of the German Choral Conducting Award 2022

Jury 2024

Dorothea Bossert
Choir manager of the SWR Vokalensemble

Dorothea Bossert, Copyright: Patricia Neligan / SWR

Prof. Maike Bühle
Berlin University of the Arts

Prof. Maike Bühle, Copyright: Stephan Roehl

Wolfram Goertz
Musicologist and music journalist

Wolfram Goertz, Copyright: Christiane Keller

Prof. Florian Helgath
Chairman, University of Music and Theatre Munich

Prof. Florian Helgath, Copyright: Christian Palm

Sofi Jeannin
Chief conductor Ars Nova Copenhagen

Sofi Jeannin, Copyright: Radio France Christophe Abramowitz

Prof. Frank Markowitsch
Freiburg University of Music

Frank Markowitsch, Copyright: Neda Navaee

Sponsors of the German Choral Conducting Award

Awardee 2022

Hyunju Kwon

Hyunju Kwon was born in South Korea. After successfully completing her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in choral conducting and orchestral conducting in Seoul/South Korea, Karlsruhe and Mannheim/Germany, she is currently deepening her knowledge of choral conducting as a concert exam student with Prof. Georg Grün in Saarbrücken.


Other finalists 2022

Benjamin Hartmann
Artistic Director Salzburg Bach Choir

Nikolaus Henseler
Choir director and conductor at Ulm Theatre

Benedikt Kantert
Student, University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig, University of Music "Carl Maria von Weber" Dresden

Awardees from previous years

John Lidfors
Awardee of the German Choral Conducting Award 2021

Hsin-Chien Fröhlich
Awardee of the German Choral Conducting Award 2018

Hannes Reich
Awardee of the German Choral Conducting Award 2016

Manuel Pujol
Awardee of the German Choral Conducting Award 2014


The German Choral Conducting Award is endowed with

5.000 euros

In addition, the awardee receives engagements with partner choirs of the Forum Dirigieren such as the RIAS Kammerchor.

All finalists will receive a sponsorship prize from the Bärenreiter publishing house in the form of a music voucher worth 300 euros each.

KulturKaufhaus Dussmann will also be awarding the audience prize with a voucher worth 250 euros.