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The Schubert Team

Artistic Director LiedDuo

Ingeborg Danz

Ingeborg Danz first studied school music at the Detmold University of Music, then singing with Prof. Heiner Eckels after her state examination. During her studies, she won numerous competitions and focused on concert and lied repertoire. A particularly close and lively collaboration developed with the International Bach Academy Stuttgart and Helmuth Rilling and the Collegium Vocale Gent under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe.
Throughout her career, she has been a much sought-after guest on the major concert stages in Germany and abroad. Her repertoire spans the period from baroque to contemporary music. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has a central place in her musical career, the complexity of this world of sound touches and fascinates her and she is also closely associated with the Neue Bachgesellschaft as a member of the board of directors, which has set itself the goal of promoting the dissemination of Bach and its lively cultivation in changing locations. Since 2017, she has been Artistic Director of the LiedDuo section of the International Schubert Competition Dortmund.

Artistic Director Piano

Ian Fountain

Prof. Ian Fountain, born in 1970, became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv in 1989 at the age of 19. Since then, he has performed in numerous concerts in Europe, the USA and the Far East with the leading orchestras. In Poland, he performed Chopin’s two piano concertos in Krakow to mark the 150th anniversary of his death. As a concert pianist, he has performed on the stages of major cities such as New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Jerusalem. He is a regular guest at international music festivals such as the Prague Spring Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Enescu Festival Bucharest.
Ian Fountain has released many acclaimed recordings, including 20th century piano sonatas on EMI, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (CRD), as well as the collected works of Rachmaninov, Beethoven and Mendelssohn on Hänssler Classics together with David Geringas.
Since 2001 he has been Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Ian Fountain is Artistic Director for piano at the International Schubert Competition Dortmund.


Stefan Heucke

The catalog of works by the composer Stefan Heucke (*1959) includes over 120 works of all genres, operas, oratorios, symphonies, concertos, sacred music, chamber music and songs. His works are performed all over the world by prominent orchestras and soloists. Numerous of his works are available as CDs and radio productions. His large-scale opera about “The Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz” (2006) caused a particular stir. Heucke has been composer-in-residence at several orchestras and international festivals. In 2016, the new Bochum Concert Hall opened its doors with Heucke’s cantata “Baruch ata Adonaij – Gesegnet seist Du Herr”. In 2017, his full-length “German Mass” for soloists, choir and orchestra was premiered by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Berliner Rundfunkchor to mark the Luther Year in Berlin.
premiered it. In 2021, Heucke received three commissions for two new operas and a St. Mark Passion for soloists, choir and orchestra for the Bach Festival in Münster in 2024. Heucke’s works have been published by Schott Music International since 1996. He lives as a freelance composer alternately in Germany and Italy.

Foto: Gerd Seidel


Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert

Former President of the Bundestag
Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V

Artistic Administration Office

Michael Vornhusen

Social Media & Photos

Finn Löw

Competition secretariat and accounting

Hela Mikkin

Host families

Sophia Boettcher-Willig