Baritone Julien Van Mellaerts wins Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition 2017

John Gilhooly, Director, Wigmore Hall, was characteristically bullish in his speech at this year’s Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition 2017 earlier this evening.

I’m glad so many of you stayed for the prize giving.

Some commentators insist that the song recital is living on borrowed time.

They point to patchy programming at leading concert venues and the incompatibility of the modern digital world with narrowing attention spans with deep listening to refined settings of poetic texts.

However one thing is for one certain. The art of the song recital is alive and flourishing in Wignmore Street and in music schools all over the world.

We are not striving to preserve an art form rather we want to unlock one fo the richest stores of human creativity and to share its contents with the largest possible audience.

Following Ralph Kohn’s £1.3m investment in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, John Gilhooly confirmed that plans for next year’s event with new supporters will be announced in October.

First Prize

Julien Van Mellaerts baritone

Second Prize

John Brancy baritone

Third Prize

Josh Quinn baritone

Pianist’s Prize

Ian Tindale

Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo

Gemma Summerfield soprano and Sebastian Wybrew piano

Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder

Clara Osowski voice

Watch the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition 2017 final on demand on YouTube

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