Words And Music Beyond The Lines.

Exploring a new perspective for the Lieder tradition, DIVAN OF SONG abandons the accustomed Eurocentric 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... supportingnew editions, 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

Nordic Art Songs

February 28th 2020
Hamburg Liedforum


  • Hanna Dora Sturludottir / University of the Arts Reykjavik (mezzosoprano)
  • Burkhard Kehring / HfMT (piano)
  • Voice & Piano Students of HfMT Hamburg


  • Icelandic
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Norsk
  • German
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Composer Ye Shen about “Gogol” (2017)

Lyrics by: Tomas Tranströmer (1931 – 2015)
Translated by: BEI, Dao (1949 – )
Music by: SHEN, Ye (1977 – )
First performance: April 8, 2017 | Heidelberg, Germany
by Lini Gong, soprano | Burkhard Kehring, piano

In the autumn of 2016, the German Festival Heidelberger Frühling invited me to compose a new work for the Divan of Song project, to be performed by coloratura soprano Lini Gong and pianist Burkhard Kehring in April, 2017. The new composition should be related to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.


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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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