The 12th International a cappella Contest Leipzig takes place from May 1 to 4, 2019. The schedule is preliminary and subject to change.


The total prize money to be awarded is € 4.500.


An international jury will evaluate entrants' technical and artistic performance as well as their stage presence. The winning group receives the Leipzig a cappella Award together with trophy money of € 2.000, appears at the final concert of the International Festival of Vocal Music a cappella on May 4, 2019 and is also invited to perform its own paid concert during the festival in the following year. The group placed second receives trophy money in the amount of € 1.000, the third € 500.


Furthermore, there is an audience prize (€ 500) and the hosting ensemble amarcord awards a special prize (€ 500) on the best acoustic interpretation of a piece.

The winner of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern special prize gets the chance to give a paid concert together with amarcord and Estonian Voices on July 13, 2019. Also a workshop with Juan Garcia on this day is included.

May 1, 2019
1.00 pm


|1st day of competition performances

|Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig


May 2, 2019
11.00 am


|2nd day of competition performances

|Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig


May 3, 2019
10:00 am

|a cappella Masterclass with Stephen Connolly for the contest groups

|open and free for audience



May 3, 2019
5.00 pm

|a cappella Showcase

|Concert with all contest groups



May 3, 2018
8.00 PM

|Prize ceremony at the beginning of the evening festival concert

|Haus Leipzig


May 4, 2019

|1 p.m. closed Seminar with Prof. Dr. Michael Fuchs for the contest groups

|16 a.m. lecture with Michael Fuchs (open und free for audience)

|Villa Thomana

May 4, 2018
8.00 pm

|Closing Concert of Festival          a cappella

|Appearance of the award winner

|Großer Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig