The Lied-Duo Franziska Andrea Heinzen and Benjamin Malcolm Mead was founded in Düsseldorf in 2014. Besides dedicating themselves to composers such as Schubert, Wolf and Strauss, the young duo also sets its purpose in performing less well known compositions as well as contemporary music. During the past four years they have been giving successful recitals in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, France and Germany.

The two young musicians took first prize at the 2. International Song-Competition Rhein-Ruhr in april of 2017, are laureates of the international competition Les saisons de la voix 2016 in Gordes (France) and received a special award from Juvetudes de musica españa in giving a series of song recitals in Spain in the Season of 2017/2018. Together they received the music endowment award of the state capital of Düsseldorf last year. In march of 2018 they gave their debut recital at the new song series dedicated to Schubert in Barcelona initiated by the Schubertíada de Vilabertran.

Franziska and Benjamin have had the honour of working with Julius Drake, Richard Stokes and Christoph Prégardien at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, with Malcolm Martineau, Roberta Alexander and Olaf Bär during the Udo Reinemann International Masterclasses in Brussels, as well as with Graham Johnson and Elly Ameling during the 42. Masterclass for Lied organized by the Internationale Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart. Further masterclasses with Dame Felicity Lott, Boguslaw Strobel, Hans Eijsackers,  complement their passion for the art of Lied as well as Ulrich Eisenlohr, Hartmut Höll and Wolfram Rieger.

recital programmes

  • Woman’s Life and Love (2018)
  • Swiss poets and composers (2018)
  • Schubert: Goethe and the Poets of Sensibility (2018)
  • Rhine – River of Love (2017)
  • Song reflections (2017)
  • Between East and West, Space and Time (2017)
  • Unknown realm of song (2017)
  • Moonlit scent of Spring (2016)