The Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie für Gesang, Dichtung und Liedkunst (IHWA) is one of the world's oldest and most traditional institutions for the promotion and preservation of a unique art form - the art song. Its beginnings date back to the lifetime of its patron saint at the end of the 19th century, when a circle of Hugo Wolf's friends in Stuttgart endeavoured to support the composer, who was always penniless, to the best of their ability - among other things by organizing concerts. The IHWA continues this tradition to this day and, according to the association's statutes, is dedicated to "promoting the work of Hugo Wolf and cultivating the tradition of art song and vocal art". In addition to organizing classical concert formats (song recitals, song master classes, song competitions, etc.), the IHWA aims to attract new audiences with digital forms of presentation and mediation and to offer the art song an international and contemporary platform.


- Reduced ticket prices for all IHWA events
- Regular information about events and activities
- Exclusive concert and work introductions
- Special events for members (e.g. artist talks, lectures, etc.)
- Meetings with like-minded people and exchange of ideas

Enjoying song and promoting culture together.


  • Dr. Cornelia Weidner, Artistic Director
  • Leonie Volle, KBB/Assistant Director
  • Jennifer Brungardt, Social Media & Public Relations
Board of Directors
  • Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Bäzner, Chairman
  • Hans Georg Koch, Deputy Chairman
  • Albrecht Merz, Treasurer
  • Walter Kübler, Secretary
  • Mayor Dr. Fabian Mayer, Representative of the state capital Stuttgart
  • Ministerial Director Dr. Claudia Rose, Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • Cornelius Hauptmann
  • Richard Kriegbaum
  • Patrick Strub
Artistic Advisory Board
  • Prof. Marcelo Amaral
  • Oswald Beaujean
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Thomas Hampson
  • Prof. Christiane Iven
  • Dr. Regula Rapp
Board of Trustees
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tübingen), Chairwoman
  • Dr. h.c. Erwin Teufel, former Prime Minister (Spaichingen), Deputy Chairman
  • Prof. Siegfried Bauer, retired church music director (Ludwigsburg)
  • Prof. Hans-Jürgen Drescher, President of the Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding (Munich)
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Brigitte Fassbaender (Munich)
  • Dr. Alfred Geisel, former First Deputy President of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Gerhaher (Munich)
  • Dr. Wolfgang Gushurst, SWR (Baden-Baden)
  • Peter Jakobeit (Stuttgart)
  • Hartmut Jenner, Chairman of the Management Board of Kärcher GmbH (Winnenden)
  • Michael Klett, Publisher (Stuttgart)
  • Prof. Philip Kurz, Managing Director of the Wüstenrot Foundation (Ludwigsburg)
  • Prof. Uta Kutter (Stuttgart)
  • Gerti Mayer-Vorfelder (Böblingen)
  • Sergio Morabito (Stuttgart/Vienna)
  • Dr. Herbert Müller (Hessigheim)
  • Dr. Günther Nath, Managing Partner of Lumatec Gesellschaft für medizinisch-technische Geräte mbH (Munich)
  • Dr. Winfried Nowak (Baden-Baden)
  • Albrecht Puhlmann (Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Raulff, President of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Stuttgart)
  • Gernot Rehrl (Munich)
  • Michaela Russ, Managing Director of Südwestdeutsche Konzertdirektion Erwin Russ GmbH (Stuttgart)
  • Dr. Roland Schelling, lawyer (Stuttgart)
  • Dr. Uwe Schroeder-Wildberg, Chairman of the Executive Board of MLP AG (Wiesloch)
  • Mario Schulz (Stuttgart)
  • Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, former Lord Mayor of the State Capital Stuttgart
  • Peter Ströbel, lawyer (Stuttgart)
  • Klaus von Trotha, former Minister (Stuttgart)
  • Dr. Erwin Vaih, Certified Public Accountant (Stuttgart)
  • Susanne Weber-Mosdorf (Hochdorf)
  • Jossi Wieler (Berlin)
  • Dr. Rainer Wilhelm (Stuttgart)
  • Dr. Gerhard Wirth (Stuttgart)
  • Thomas Wördehoff (Vienna)
  • Dr. Herbert Wörner (Munich)
  • Prof. Dr. Walther Zügel (Stuttgart)