VOICE/ART SONG – Prof. Katharina Kutsch/Pauliina Tukiainen (University of Music Freiburg) 19.-24.09.2017

The German soprano, Katharina Kutsch studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, first with Professor Paula Page, since 1999 in the class of Professor Hedwig Fassbender. She received singing lessons with Professor Rainer Hoffmann, Professor Eugen Wangler and Professor Charles Spencer. Upon graduating in the summer of 2002, she expanded her education with studies of historical interpretation practices with Professor Michael Schneider, and studies since 2004 at the Hochschule für Musik in Zürich in the master-class of Hartmut Höll. In addition, she attended master-classes with Ernst Haefliger, Edith Wiens, Trevor Pinnock and Christoph Prégardien. She won a scholarship of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to promote young artists.

Ms. Kutsch has participated in numerous operas productions, singing roles as Pamina in W.A. Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. In 2004, she sang Konstanze in W.A. Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail. She appeared as a guest at the Oper Frankfurt, where she was heard in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Strauss’ Elektra.

Ms. Kutsch performs mainly as a Lieder and oratorio singer at home and abroad. She sang at the Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, the Residenz in Munich and the Festa da Musica in Lisbon.

Immediately after obtaining her diploma, Katharina Kutsch received a teaching post for singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, since 2003 she also has taught music education and musicology at the Faculty of the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen. Since 2006 she has worked as a lecturer in the Chorleiterschule Marburg.

The Finnish pianist Pauliina Tukiainen studied piano in her native country and in Frankfurt am Main. She received numerous prizes and scholarships during her Song studies with Hartmut Höll and Anne Le Bozec in Zurich and Karlsruhe.

Pauliina Tukiainen has given Song recitals in renowned concert halls and international festivals such as Musikverein in Wien, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Bodensee Festival, Zurich’s Tonhalle, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Konserthus Oslo, the Cape Classic Festival in South Africa, the Mehli Mehta Foundation in India, and Saigon Opera House, Vietnam.

Many of the concerts have been recorded live by international broadcasting companies. Her highly acclaimed debut CD, „Mirrors“, including chamber music and songs by Kaija Saariaho and Jean Sibelius, was released by Coviello Classics in 2013 followed by a recording of songs by Alban Berg, Claude Debussy and Richard Wagner.

Her newest CD includes songs by Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and the world premiere of Wolfgangs Rihms „Ophelia Sings“.

She has been connected to and shared an extensive cooperation with the Bonner Schumannfest where she has also become an artistic adviser as from 2016.

She is an internationally sought-after lecturer at masterclasses and teaches Song interpretation at the music universities of Freiburg and Frankfurt.


Wednesday, September 19, 2017


Sunday, September 24, 2017 until 5 pm

This masterclass for voice and art song, is specially customised for young singers, voice students of all levels, aspirants to study at a school of music and pianists, who are dedicated to the field of Art Song.

All participants receive both, daily lessons with both teachers, as well as studio classes.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

The repertoire should contain at least five art songs and/or arias, which should be announced to the teachers at least two weeks before the beginning of the masterclass.

The beautiful SG-IMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.
The beautiful SGIMFA villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

Students are hosted on a double-room basis in a beautiful, fully remodeled, 1892 villa on the bank of the Rhine river.

A kitchen for self-catering is provided!

Up to five practice rooms with pianos are provided.

For further impressions, please have a look online at our venue.

In order to be accepted, you must meet one of the following criteria:

(a) be recommended by Prof. Kutsch and Ms. Tukiainen or

(b) submit an unedited video audition (YouTube link) for review by Prof. Kutsch and Ms. Tukiainen.

In addition, you must complete and submit our application form and pay a €40,- application fee.



Housing (mandatory) in a shared double-room, incl. meals and usage of the facilities:


The application deadline is August 31st, 2017!