Turkish tenor wins Hugo Wolf lieder prize

Ilker Arcayürek, a BBC New Generation Artist who is Turkish-Austrian, took first prize today in Stuttgart in the 10th International Art Song Competition of the Hugo Wolf Akademie.

It is one of the biggest Lieder prizes – €15,000 to be shared with his accompanist Fiona Pollak.

The judges were Graham Johnson, Ann Murray, Wolfram Rieger, Birgid Steinberger, Robert Holl and Wolfram Rieger.




1st Prize: Ilker Arcayürek (Tenor) Piano: Fiona Pollak
2nd Prize: Stuart Jackson (Tenor) Piano: Jocelyn Freeman
3rd Prize: Samuel Hasselhorn (Baritone) Piano: Renata Rohlfing

Best Pianist Prize: Renata Rohlfing

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    • Has he come to the UK and demanded benefits, housing, free health care, access to education free of charge and that we should change to accommodate his pagan beliefs…………no, I thought not!

      • Hard to say whether this reply is more stupid or more evil. But perhaps it is at least in this respect quite well balanced.

        • It is neither stupid nor evil but a simple reflection of what many of us here in the UK view as a stupid “open door” policy to economic migrants (often presenting themselves as asylum seekers) and asylum seekers who have passed through up to seven or eight countries to get to the UK (now why do you think that is?). I was under the impression that according to UN guidelines you go to the first country that will offer you “safety” if you are in real danger. Just have a look around Europe at countries such as Germany (Mrs Merkel not too popular at the moment), Sweden, Finland and Denmark and see the problems created by an open door policy to “welcoming asylum seekers.” We have no wish to exclude people from coming to the UK, but what we do object to, is people who abuse our hospitality, exploit the system, start making demands to be treated differently (female genital mutilation anyone?) and expect us to adapt to their ways, whether that be cultural or religious.
          So before you start slagging us off do a little reading and find out the facts! We have a long history in the UK of providing a safe haven for those genuinely being persecuted.

          • “We have a long history in the UK of providing a safe haven for those genuinely being persecuted.”

            Hmm, go back and check….when you were being begged to support Jewish emigration to Palestine from central Europe in the 1930s, British policy was that nothing should be done to offend or alienate Arabs in the middle east, hence no Jews to Palestine. Perhaps the European genocide would have looked different if British policy was different.

      • Why are you so ignorant and so evil??Maybe just becouse you don t have such a talent.only thing you can do is judge people without knowing anything.and I guess the biggest problem in the world is people like you.maybe you are the one who does not deserve to be a part of U.K

  • He is an Austrian citizen and lives in Germany where he is fully employed. He does not live and never has lived in the UK nor received any benefits here, ever. Can you check facts before you make nasty and stupid accusations please?

    • i dont understand the relavence of any of the previous comments. both he and his pianist were wonderful; isnt that what matters here?

    • This would just spoil the fun, and one risks to dilute the vitriol. A mean spirit is so much harder to keep up once one begins to get involved with facts …

  • My goodness, I didn’t realise that the UK was responsible for the genocide of Jews in Europe, thats a new one on me, and not to say a rewriting of history. I do notice however, that you choose to ignore all the other points I raise about “open door” policy to economic migrants and alleged asylum seekers. And please, don’t spout the old drivel that anyone who opposes these is a racist or little Englander……..after all, you are free to leave this green and pleasant land should you find it unpalatable.

  • It’s so stupid to talk about immigrants when an awesome Austrian singer who wins a first prize in a competition. But there are few words need to be said;

    Immigrants are coming to Europe recently NOT because of housing or free health care or access to education free of charge. They are coming because that’s the last chance for them to find some crumbs to eat that you suck from them by your imperial policies, slavery and war industry.

    You suck all from Africa, from Middle East, from America, from Asia for centuries. Don’t make me write a list of British or Spanish or Dutch or Portuguese or French or German or European crimes against humanity. Where is that hell amount of gold, money, underground resources and resources?? Of course you should open the doors cause that’s the last chance for them to put food in their mouth you took from them!
    The question you have to ask is not ‘why do we have open door policy blah blah blah?’. The question is; what your kings, queens, politicians and clergy made with that trillions, brillions, zrillions of euro sucked from all over the world?

    • I notice you leave out of your list of empire builders the Ottoman empire, the Mongols and the Islamic empire all of which created devastation to most parts of the known world at the time, and sucked the wealth out of all the countries they conquered as well as subjecting those they conquered to slavery. Do enlighten us for these omissions………
      Why is it that most asylum seekers are fit young men usually in their 20s who have left family behind (thats bravery for you)? Why is it that may claim to be “children” and much younger than they really are? Why is it that a muslim charity from Bradford that went to Calais to provide help for the “migrants” turned round and went home stating “these are not asylum seekers, they are fit young men who want to get to the UK”
      So before you start lecturing us in the west (I assume from your name you are not of European origin) have a good luck at your own history.

  • You can not absolve your evilness by the other evils. Your ”elite” manipulation does not change your responsibility on the history. I do not agree on any imperial practise in any period of the time and everybody has to answer for their responsibility. Do you agree??

    Again wrong questions; Everything you talk about immigrants is because UK’s and G8 countries global politics and how they spend that money they pinch out of these policies.

    • Did I say I was absolving any countries from empire building? And do please explain what you mean by elite manipulation. I simply pointed out that you chose to be “selective” in identifying those countries which developed empires and conveniently left out three of the most war mongering empires history has known, now why is that?
      As regards your second paragraph, when you can write simple understandable English which I can understand, I will attempt to answer the “point” you are trying (very badly ) to make.
      Virtually every country throughout the world has elements of its history that do not reflect well on them, with that I agree. But tell me, why is it, that it is only western countries that are pilloried?

  • I am happy I got this post about me but just to make one thing clear – My family and I moved to Austria because we simply love music and vienna is one of the capital cities for classical music – not of war, or religion, or other things I’ve read here in some of the posts – All the best for all of you

    • Congratulations!.. Thank you so much Ilker for your beautiful voice and unique interpretation.

      Turel Ezici
      Head of the Department of Performing Arts
      Hacettepe University
      Ankara State Conservatory/TURKEY

    • Congrats from Turkey Ilker. Thanks a lot for this amazing performance. We wish you continued success and will follow your concerts.
      Are you living your dream? That’s matter! Don’t care such people full of hatred and arrogance.
      With love.

    • Congrats from Turkey Ilker. Thanks a lot for this amazing performance. We wish you continued success and will follow your concerts.
      With love.

    • ILKER that was a great performance.I’m sure every normal person is just concentrated on this beautiful music and your beautiful voice and enjoyed it very much.You just have to ignore mean people who does not have anthing but evil and ignorant toughts.Congrats.

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