The ARD music competition, Germany’s most prestigious, has been overwhelmed this year with 519 applications, whittled down to 312.
The largest number of participants comes from South Korea, followed by Germany, Japan, Russia, France, Spain, USA, China and Poland. The competition kicks off in Munich on September 1. Total prize money is 165,000 Euros, along with priceless exposure on German TV.
The ARD’s most celebrated winner is the now-retired baritone, Thomas Quasthoff.