LMISC provides official accompanists for the participants (free of charge)
The accompanists are assigned by LMISC by a draw.
It is possible to bring one´s own accompanist for the competition. This will be at the participants own cost and must be mentioned on the application form.
Leif Greibe studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with Professor José Ribera. Even before his graduation in 1992, he was employed by The Royal Danish Theatre as Chorus Master. He has since collaborated on more than one hundred opera productions.
He is also one of Denmark’s most sought after accompanists and chamber musicians, and has given numerous concerts in Europe, Asia and North America.
Leif Greibe is also co-founder of Danish Strings, which has held summer courses for string players since 1999.
Since his debut in 1989, Ulrich Staerk gave numerous concerts as a piano soloist in Rome, Milan, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin etc, also performing a lot of piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovitch, Skrijabin, Bartok etc w. several Symphony Orchestras mainly in Scandinavia and Germany.
He also very early became a very after sought chamber musician and Lied-accompanist and has become one of the most highly acclaimed lied pianists internationally (Gramophone: "The model accompanist").
He has worked, coached or performed with a lot of artists like Yo Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Elisabeth Söderström, Cecilia Bartoli, Inga Nielsen, Joseph Protschka, Nicole Cabell, Dominique Moralez, Bo Skovhus, Margareth Price, Barbara Frittoli etc.
Beside his teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen and Royal Opera Academy, Ulrich Staerk regularly gives Masterclasses mainly for singers thrughout Europe, but his reputation has resulted in numerous invitations from China, Israel, Italy, Greece, USA, Brazil among others.
His methods are appreciated by many singers, and he regularly coaches more than hundred singers from all over the world coming to Berlin or Copenhagen.
Ulrich Staerk appears on more than 30 CD-productions worldwide (PHILIPS, UNIVERSAL, BRILLIANT CLASSICS, Naxos, Classico, dacapo, CLAVES, Art Produktions, Marco Polo, Kontrapunkt, Paula and more). Some of them were awarded or nominated (Grammy, Critics Choice, Best classical CD of the Year in the World/Gramophone, CD of the Month/Strad Magazine).
Just recently, he recorded three early Beethoven sonatas for BC, appearing side by side with Friedrich Gulda and Alfred Brendel.
Ulrich Staerk also received the Danish Critic´s Award Price.