Jury 2020

The winners of the a cappella Contest will be chosen by the five judges. Simon Carrington (founding member of The King’s Singers) will chair the jury, the other members being Katarina Henryson (formerly of The Real Group), Winnie Brückner (niniwe), Martin Hoffmeister (music editor at broadcaster MDR KULTUR) and Daniel Knauft (amarcord). All of them will give the participants extensive feedback after their performances regarding their artistic development.

Simon Carrington, founding member of The King´s Singers and Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor. During his Yale tenure he led the introduction of a new graduate voice degree for singers specializing in oratorio, early music and chamber ensemble. He now keeps up an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes around the world. For the 2016-17 academic year he accepted the position of Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting to work alongside Simon Halsey and his students at the University of Birmingham, UK.


Katarina Henryson is one of the founding members of the Stockholm based The Real Group. She has contributed to the group with her flexible altovoice and distinctive stage presence as well as with numerous compositions. Together with The Real Group she has performed thousands of concerts all over the world and her voice can be heard on more than 20 of the group´s cd´s. As a workshop-leader with models for choirs and vocal ensembles her experience is as vast as the artistic career. Since leaving the group in 2016 her energy is divided between the continuing career as a singer as well as towards developing The Real Group Academy.

Winnie Brückner is singer and arranger as well as lecturer in jazz/pop choral conduction and jazz singing at the Hochschule für Musik „Franz Liszt“ in Weimar. She is founding member and artistic director of the vocal quartet „niniwe“ that has won numerous prizes at international a-cappella competitions in Graz, Tampere, Taipei und Aarhus. As a singer she performs in different bands und projects which are leading her to concert tours through Europe, Asia and USA.


Martin Hoffmeister is head of the day programme at the radio station MDR KULTUR and belongs to the jury of the INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS (ICMA). He studied German literature and language, philosophy, rhetoric and musicology in Tübingen and Freiburg and, since 1987, works as a magazine and music journalist at radio and TV stations. Being a freelance publicist, he also writes articles for various European publications such as books, newspapers and magazines.


Daniel Knauft, co-founder and bass of the vocal ensemble amarcord, started his singing career as a member of the St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig. Parallel to studying medicine at Leipzig University, a research dissertation on the adolescent singing voice has been complementing his musical work with amarcord. Today, amarcord, laureate of several international competitions, performs world-wide at music festivals and in major concert halls. In 1997, Daniel Knauft initiated together with his amarcord colleagues the Festival of Vocal Music a cappella and since then actively supports its continuing success.