I am delighted to welcome you to the Udo Reinemann International Masterclass, founded by my late teacher Udo Reinemann.
Over the years we have presented many renowned singers and pianists associated with the lieder art-form, who have taught masterclasses working closely with voice and piano students from all over the world. Artists who have participated include Anne Sofie von Otter, Sergei Leiferkus, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Olaf Bär, Alexandra Coku, Jochen Kupfer, Markus Hadulla, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, Alexander Fleischer, Roberta Alexander, Anthony Spiri, Barbara Bonney, Anna Larsson amongst many others.
This year we are again honoured to welcome great artists.
What makes the masterclasses so unique is that only singers and pianists can apply. One can experience the intimacy and intensity of such a musical partnership by working on this specific repertoire. Working from October through to April culminating in a final
concert, presenting different themes, gives every duo the chance to develop and explore new musical possibilities. The main focus is in the interpretation of each song, the poetry and partnership within the duo to create a new unity of music-making. I have the pleasure to work with the students 2 days a month, as well.
In addition we embrace two novelties: firstly, URIM may sing & play all masterclasses in the wonderful house-salon of Maison Solanet – what we proudly dare to call ‘URIM’s home’ in the beautiful south of Brussels: Uccle – easily accessible by public transport. I am very thankful to Olivier & Marie-Claude Solanet for their generosity. Udo Reinemann was a very close friend of them.
Secondly, we may offer the best duo a song recital in France in the beautiful Loire valley, where Udo Reinemann himself lived. This recital will take place in July 2023 in the church Saint-André de Château-Renault, where nearby one may discover the ‘Jardin Udo Reinemann’.
We are extremely grateful to our special
sponsors and La Monnaie – the Brussels opera house – where we have celebrated so many inspiring masterclasses. La Monnaie will keep supporting us, if possible by offering their Grand Foyer for our final festive concert.
The Rose, logo of Udo Reinemann International Masterclass, was the favourite flower of my teacher Udo Reinemann. Throughout his life, his students and friends gave him roses for his beautiful garden in France. Incredibly, he always knew exactly who each rose was from.
I aspire to let all students experience the wide symbolism the rose carries.
Young roses, meaning new life and flowering hearts to me, flourish to roses that stand for pure beauty, love, romance and of course balance, of utmost importance for duos.
The guest teachers and I aim to be the fertile soil in this fascinating process of diversity and discovery.
I am looking forward to meeting you!
New aspects we would like to draw your attention to:
- A pianist and/or singer can also register individually.
A new duo will then be formed if this proves possible at the audition.
- A pianist may form several duos with a different singer per duo.
We will help to provide inexpensive opportunities to host our duos and offer extra practise options.