ARD-Music-Competition 2018: High Risk and Musical Bliss

The international ARD-music-competition is one of the most important competiotions of the world and starting point of many careers with awardees including Jessye Norman, Maurice André or Thomas Quasthoff.

Our documentary accompanies the candidates during the semi-final and final and members of the jury, concert agents and prestigious former winners have their say. What is being asked of young musicians nowadays and how are skills and musical personality being compared against each other? What is rewarded?

The film chronicles the history of the competition and presents its globally unique significance. At the same time, the film accompanies this years candidates through their defeats and victories and shows, how much musicality, personality, character, and first and foremost strong nerves are required, before the musicians can reach their goal.

The film illustrates, how hard it is to be a part of this important competition and at the same time the film celebrates the beauty of music, looks into its secrets and highlights the effort and joys behind it.

Documentary GER, 2018, 45 Minutes

A film by

Andreas Krieger

DOP: Christoph Valentien

Sound: Tino Keck

Editor: Johannes Schmidt

Sound Editor: Tobias Wendl

Colour Grading: Patrick Plischk

Narrator: Andreas Neumann

Executive Producers: Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer

Commissioning Editor: Theresa März

A production of 3B-Produktion GmbH on behalf of Bayerischer Rundfunk

Television Premiere:

29.10., 23:30, 3sat

03.10., 10:45, BR