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News Event D-bü 2024 competition: an eventful final week and awards ceremony

Photo: Ludwig Olah, Source: D-bü

The fourth edition of the D-bü competition came to climax on Saturday, 1 June 2024 with the awarding of three equal prizes in the orchestra hall of the Nuremberg University of Music. This followed an exciting final week in which the eight selected ensembles from all over Germany presented their innovative performances to the public. The performances, which took place at eight selected venues around the city of Nuremberg, were characterised by great musical variety.

A large number of applications were received from all 24 German Universities of Music, from which eight ensembles were selected for the final round. The artists came from all over Germany. They brought with them innovative concert ideas ranging from interactive concerts to a powerful percussion performance, from animation paired with Baroque music to a musical interpretation of the question of how technology is changing and shaping our everyday lives. After much deliberation, the student jury came to a unanimous decision, which was announced at the awards ceremony as follows

The prize for re-performability goes to Ensemble Synaptic from Cologne for their performance 'Trippin'' on 29 May at the Heizhaus. Their concert raised the question of how we deal with mental crises in our society. The piano and voice duo impressed with an exceptionally well-rounded overall dramaturgy. They addressed highly relevant social issues and combined current media formats with classical and new repertoire. This, together with the overall musical and performance quality, convinced the jury.

The prize for originality goes to chaos|cadence and friends from Lübeck for their performance "Post-Bodies {corporeal.code}" on 30 May in Segment#1 of the Kongresshalle. How does modern technology change and shape our everyday life? With technical virtuosity and media diversity, a real "wow" effect was achieved with the audience. The audience was drawn into an atmospheric world of sound in an extremely successful spatial presentation. The musical quality of the instruments and electronics impressed the jury, as did the exploration of highly topical issues in a historically charged location.

The prize for audience success went to the duo LiedExtended from Dresden for their performance of 'Homo Ludens' in the Sophiensaal on 29 May. It was all about the play. The artists created an intimate, warm concert atmosphere through a direct personal welcome and the successful staging of innovative participation formats. The virtuoso performance with voice, body and piano and the original communication concept made the programme a real treat.

The three winning ensembles will each receive €4,000 in prize money.

Prof. Christian Fischer, President of the Rectors' Conference of German Universities of Music (RKM), announced that the next D-bü will be held at the University of Music Würzburg in 2026.

Lord Mayor Marcus König was the patron of this year's edition of the competition, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research: "I am delighted that this innovative competition format, in which students and concert-goers alike can immerse themselves in a creative laboratory, is being held in Nuremberg for the first time. The selected venues showcase Nuremberg in all its diversity. And it is yet another confirmation: Nuremberg is a city of music".

The Rebecca Trescher Quartet provided the musical backdrop to the awards ceremony, innovatively presented by Prof Rainer Kotzian, President of the host Nuremberg University of Music.

The ceremony was streamed live and a video recording is available on the D-bü YouTube channel.