Words And Music Beyond The Lines.

Exploring a new perspective for the Lieder tradition, DIVAN OF SONG abandons the accustomed focus and reflects the changing cultural world order of our time. Presenting innovative concert programmes... inaugurating commissions for new song compositions... introducing new writings and poetry... inviting young talented artists... supporting neweditions, researches, meetings and discussions... In its unlimited diversity of activities, DIVAN OF SONG creates a rich bazaar of sounds, voices, works and ideas that inspire a new quality of intercultural discourse in the field of vocal music.

Burkhard Kehring

Burkhard Kehring founded Divan of Song in 2014, after touring the world as Lieder accompanist for more than two decades. A pianist, professor and scholar of global song repertoire, he constantly seeks to transcend traditional boundaries towards a new perspective for the Lied genre.One of his main goals is the exploration of song as a medium for the migration of ideas beyond languages and cultures. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of artistic partnerships, creating programmes together with internationally acclaimed singers and recitors, seeking also new collaborations with young vocal talents and contemporary composers from all continents.

Past Events

Global Art Song Conference

March 14th 16th 2024
Freiburg im Breisgau Hochschule für Musik


  • Ido Ariel
  • Phillip Burnett
  • Julia Byl
  • Patricia Caicedo
  • Ercüment Çelik
  • Joys Cheung
  • Christopher Flaskamp
  • Shannon Foster
  • Sandeep Gurrapadi
  • Amanda Harris
  • Kira Henkel
  • Lena van der Hoven
  • Amanda Hsieh
  • Sophie Hunold
  • Nina Kanter
  • Burkhard Kehring
  • Natasha Loges
  • Cüneyt-Ersin Mıhçı
  • Sharifah Mohammed
  • Olabode Omojola
  • Julian Prégardien
  • Camilla Pilla-Arnese
  • Chris van Rhyn
  • Jennifer Ronyak
  • Franziska Scheinpflug
  • AJ Villanueva
  • a.o.


  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Hebrew
  • Korean
  • German
  • Polish
  • Portugese
  • a.o.

Sylter Liederwoche / Lieder Week Sylt

July 10th 17th 2023
Sylt / Germany Akademie am Meer Klappholttal


  • Vlada Koieva (soprano)
  • Yuliia Seckler (piano)
  • Volodymyr Milushkin (baritone)
  • Mariana Popova (piano)
  • Anna Felita Ekaputri (soprano)
  • Hai Zhang (clarinet)
  • Anton Bovensmann (piano)
  • Mina Yu (soprano)
  • Gyeongtaek Lee (piano)
  • Burkhard Kehring (piano, moderation)


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Ukrainian
  • Korean
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Composer Ye Shen about “Gogol”

Lyrics by: Tomas Tranströmer (1931 – 2015)
Translated by: BEI, Dao (1949 – )
Music by: SHEN, Ye (1977 – )

Language: Chinese

First performance: April 8, 2017 | Heidelberg, Germany
by Lini Gong, soprano | Burkhard Kehring, piano


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Lieder Landscapes

Burkhard Kehring has further refined his project Divan of Song for the 2017 Heidelberger Frühling. A conversation with the internationally renowned accompanist and professor of lieder performance and collaborative piano in Hamburg about leaving, returning and song.


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