Kulturkreis Tournee 

Starting in the 2024/25 season the Kulturkreis will send young, exceptional musical talents on a "Kulturkreis Tournee" to renowned festivals.

A stepping stone for young musicians

The funding provides future prizewinners with stage experience in the field of instruments and singing - from experimental performances to large-scale solo concerts with orchestral accompaniment. 

The festivals that have joined forces for the first round of the "Kulturkreis Tournee" include:

  • Beethovenfest Bonn
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival
  • Rheingau Musik Festival
  • Heidelberger Frühling
  • Lucerne Festival
  • Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele

Profile and support

Our program is designed to provide direct support for musicians. The funding includes:

  • Support for two prize winners with prize money totaling €15,000
  • Performance opportunities at the partner festivals of the "Kulturkreis Tournee"
  • Premiere of a commissioned composition

The profile: Musical pioneers

We are looking for outstanding, innovative musicians and singers under the age of 30 who live in Germany and build bridges to the audience with an independent artistic voice. Initial competition successes and stage experience are desirable but not a prerequisite.

The selection process: transparency and excellence

The selection process is based on a nomination principle. Partner festivals and renowned consultants each propose two talents. These proposals form the longlist. From this list the finalists for the public selection concert are determined in a multi-stage process.

You can find more information here.

Nominations Kulturkreis Tournee I

Rafael Adobas Bayog, Flöte
Lara Boschkor, Violine
Katrīna Paula Felsberga, Sopran
Tjasha Gafner, Harfe
Anna Gebhardt, Klavier
Giorgi Gigashvili, Klavier
Onutė Gražinytė, Klavier
Jaemin Han, Cello
Tatu Kauppinen, Cello
Benjamin Kruithof, Cello
Leon Lorenz, Multi-Perkussion
Dora Donata Sammer, Blockflöte
Guido Sant’Anna, Violine

(Alphabetic order)


Winter 2023: Start of the selection process and compilation of the longlist

February 27, 2024: Jury meeting in Berlin to compile the shortlist

October 12, 2024: Public final concert at “The Bell” (Die Glocke), Bremen


Partner of the Kulturkreis Tournee


Competition "Ton & Erklärung"

Since 2007 untill 2023, the Kulturkreis has organised the annual music competition "Ton & Erklärung" (Sound & Explanation). Emerging musicians were invited to present an outstanding musical performance and a convincing explanation of their interpretation. The contest, conducted in cooperation with ARD Radio, alternated yearly between piano, violin, cello, and voice. In addition to receiving prize money, winners were given the opportunity to perform a debut of a commissioned composition and to make additional concert appearances.

Ton & Erklärung 2023 Gesang - (c) Johanna Lohr

Ton & Erklärung 2023 Gesang

Ton & Erklärung 2022 Cello - © Zuzanna Specjal

Ton & Erklärung 2022 Cello

Concert dates for music prize winners - © peuserdesign

Concert dates for music prize winners

Previous prizewinners & commissioned compositions - © Felix Grünschloss / Kulturkreis

Previous prizewinners & commissioned compositions