History of the competition

The Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition is held in a world-renowned centre of orchestral instrument making. Here in the "Musikwinkel", master instruments of acknowledged high quality have been built for 350 years; the roots of the competition lie in this long, living tradition.

After modest beginnings as a violin competition in the years 1950 to 1956 and since 1966, the competition has developed into a competition of international importance and was dignified in 1993 to join the ranks of prestigious music competitions of the "WORLD FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITIONS", GENEVA (member of more than 100 music competitions worldwide).

The Markneukirchen Music Competition alternates annually between string and wind instruments (two instruments each) and serves to promote young instrumentalists. It is held at a high artistic level and is regarded by experts as a significant event. Top places almost always mean a leap into the international arena for the participants and are regarded as a seal of quality.

The competition's good reputation and great appeal are also proven by the constantly increasing number of entries. The great response is not least due to the unique flair, characterised by a special profile and special appeal, the interrelationship between craft and artistic activity.

New contacts are constantly being created between those who have mastered and can play their instrument and the Markneukirchen musical instrument makers who masterfully build these instruments with artistic skill.

By attracting leading and world-renowned personalities as competition presidents such as Professor Manfred Scherzer (strings, 1985-2003), Professor Peter Damm, Dresden (winds, 1986-2018), Professor Julius Berger, Augsburg (strings, 2003-2018 and since 2021), Professor Thomas Selditz (strings, 2018-2021) and Professor Christian Lampert (winds, since 2018) as presidents of the competition and numerous renowned music educators and artists for the international jury, the performance comparison has gained international recognition.

The world-renowned conductor and long-time Gewandhauskapellmeister Professor Kurt Masur took over the honorary position of patron of the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition in 2005. After his death, the renowned conductor Christian Thielemann was won as patron with the 2016 competition.

Together with him, Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer has held this office since 2020, after Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, Saxony's Minister of State for Science and the Arts, the Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Professor Monika Grütters, Saxony's Minister President Stanislaw Tillich and Saxony's Minister of State for Science and the Arts Professor Sabine von Schorlemer had already held this office.

Prize winners

2019 - Cello

1st Prize winner

YeongKwang Lee (South Korea)

YeongKwang Lee (Südkorea)

YeongKwang Lee was born on November 29, 1995 in Seoul, Korea. He was the first prize winner of several national and international competitions, such as Eum-Youn Competition 2007, Ewhakyunghang Competition 2008 and Soloist Cello Ensemble Competition 2OO8. He won the grand prize as well as the Korean Ministry of Art Prize at the TBC Music Competition in 2009, and was the youngest semifinalist at the 64th Prague Spring Competition in 2012 and the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition in 2013. He gave many concerts in Korea at the Kumho Cultural Foundation, some of them at the Kumho Prodigy Recital in 2006 and the Excellence Concert at the Music Academy "Hanns Eisler". He was a student at the preparatory department of the Korean National University of Arts under the guidance of Myung-Hwa Chung and Hyungwon Chang. Through the Gifted and Talented Program, he was honored to be accepted to the Korean National University of Arts in 2011. He is currently studying at the "Hanns Eisler" Academy of Music with Troels Svane (Master of Music). He also looks back on performances with the Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Euroasian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra.

2nd Prize winner

Friedrich Thiele (Germany)

Friedrich Thiele (Deutschland)

Friedrich Thiele started an international career through recent successes at the TONALi Competition 2015 in Hamburg (3rd prize and audience award), as well as at the competition "Ton und Erklärung" in Munich 2017 (1st prize). As a result of the competitions, he made guest appearances as a soloist with the Orchestra of the National Theater Brasília, the Bremen Chamber Philharmonic, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the "Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar" in Caracas and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in Wiesbaden. Since 2016 Friedrich Thiele is a student in the class of Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt in Weimar. He is sponsored by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and plays a French cello from the 2nd half of the 19th century, from the German Musical Instrument Fund. Friedrich Thiele has already played as a soloist in many major concert halls and at various festi-vals, including the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Gasteig in Munich, the "Heidelberger Frühling" and the "Vadim Repin Trans-Siberian Art Festival".

3rd Prize winner

Daniel Thorell (Sweden)

Daniel Thorell (Schweden)

Daniel Thorell is a 21-year-old cellist from Stockholm, Sweden. He is the winner of seven international competitions, including the Rovere D'oro, Italy 2017, Øresunds Soloist, Denmark 2018 and the EMCY Prize for exceptional performance. As a soloist, Daniel Thorell has performed with many major orchestras in Sweden, including The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symfony Orchestra, and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He is currently completing the final year of his Bachelor's degree with Professor Torleif Thedéen. Daniel Thorell plays a G. B. Bodio cello from 1820, which was lent to him by the "Järnåker" Foundation.

2019 - Guitar

2nd Prize winner

Hao Yang (China)

Hao Yang (China)

Hao Yang, 19, is a Chinese guitarist. Since 2014, she has been studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with renowned guitarists David Starobin and Jason Vieaux. Hao Yang has appeared as a prize winner of numerous guitar competitions. In 2018, she achieved fourth place at the prestigious GFA Concert Artist Competition and took first place at the GFA International Youth Competition in the "Senior" class. Furthermore, she emerged as the first prize winner at the 7th "Andres Segovia" International Guitar Competition as well as the GFA Concert Artist Competition in the "College" as well as "High school" classes. Hao Yang has received invitations to perform at music events such as the Cleveland, Pana-ma and Beijing International Guitar Festivals. Her concert activities have taken her to major venues such as Kimmel Center, Miller Theatre, Princeton Sound Kitchen and Subculture New York. As a chamber musician, Hao Yang made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 with the premiere of the work 'Talking Guitars' by renowned composer Paul Lansky. In collaboration with Grammy Award-winning label Bridge Records Inc, Hao Yang recorded chamber music by Paul Lansky and Poul Ruders.

3rd Prize winner

Damiano Pisanello (Switzerland)

Damiano Pisanello (Schweiz)

Damiano Pisanello, received his first guitar lessons from Miguel Charosky in Geneva. Since 2010, he has been studying at HSM Basel in the guitar class of Pablo Márquez. In 2018, he graduated with a master's degree. Besides the study of romantic guitar, his main interest is the interpretation of contemporary music as well as chamber music, so he plays in various ensembles. Damiano Pisanello is a multiple prize winner of the Swiss Youth Music Competition, so he performed as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in 2009. Furthermore, he received the 1st prize at the European Guitar Teacher Association EGTA Competition, the Lion's Club Competition, the 3rd prize at the International Ligita Guitar Competition in Liechtenstein, the 2nd prize at the International Budapest Guitar Competition and the 1st prize at the International Seville Guitar Competition. He participated in various master classes with Paolo Pegoraro, Alvaro Pierri, Oscar Ghiglia, Marco Socias and Paul Galbraith, among others.

3rd Prize winner

Zsombor Attila Sidoo (Hungary)

Zsombor Attila Sidoo (Ungarn)

Zsombor Sidoo is undisputedly one of the most promising guitarists of his generation. Despite his young age, he attracted the attention of the international jury as well as the spectators at many competitions. He has already won numerous competitions, including the 15th "Enrico Mercatali" Competition (Gorizia), the International Guitar Competition "Ida Presti" (Samobor) and the 10th Oberhausen Guitar Competition. Besides, he achieved the second place at the 11th J. K. Mertz Competition (Bratislava). His regular concert activity takes him to various concert halls in Europe, such as the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, the Mozarthaus in Augsburg and the Fricsay Hall in Szeged. Zsombor was born in 1997. As a young student, he received an early imprint from József Eötvös at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Since 2013 he has been studying with Paolo Pegoraro at the University of Music and Performance Arts in Graz, Austria, until 2015 as a student of the preparatory class, since then in the bachelor class. Because of his interest in musical composition, he has had the privilege of being taught by Beat Furrer and additionally collaborating with Cantando Admont and Mats Scheidegger to perform Furrer's and Solage's music at the Otto Wagner Church in Vienna. In 2016 he received the "Begabtenstipendium der Stadt Graz".

2018 - Flute

1st Prize winner

Rute Fernandes (Portugal)

Rute Fernandes (Portugal)

Born in Guimarães, Portugal, Rute Fernandes studied at the Professional and Artistic School of Vale do Ave with Joaquina Mota and Elisa Trigo. As a scholarship holder of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Rute completed her studies at the Geneva University of Music with Michel Bellavance and Serge Saitta (baroque flute) and graduated with highest honors with a master's degree in orchestral studies at the Lucerne University of Music with Sarah Rumer and Nicola Maz-zanti (piccolo). During her career, she has been a prize-winner in various competitions, such as the Edwin Fischer Competition, the Concours National d'Éxécution Musicale de Riddes (Switzerland), the International Flute Competition Jastrzebie-Zdrój (Poland) and the third National Contest for Winds of La Salette. As a soloist she had performances in Portugal and Switzerland. She completed her education with master classes, including Emmanuel Pahud, Barthold Kuijken, Denis Bouriakov, Sarah Rumer, Riccardo Ghiani and Felix Renggli. Rute is a member of the Made in Trio ensemble, which is completed by David Dias da Silva (clarinet) and Sinforo-sa Petralia (piano), and has worked with Anton Kernjak, Claudio Martinez, François Benda, Mi-chel Bellavance, Sarah Rumer and Sergio Azzolini. The trio is a laureate of the 2017 Chieri In-ternational Chamber Music Competition, the 2015 Marianne and Curt Dienemann Foundation, the 2015 Orpheus Chamber Music Competition, and they were finalists in the 2016 Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York. In addition, Rute Fernande's participation in the festivals KlangBasel, Swiss Foundation for Young Musicians, Mimiko Concerts, Swiss Chamber Music Festival in Adelboden (Switzerland), International Music Festival in Primavera (Portugal), as well as Amici della Musica in Trapani and Amici della Musica in Alcama, Sicily deserve a mention. As an orchestral player, Rute has joined the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Verbier Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra (Summer School), and as a substitute for the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Or-chestre de la Suisse Romande and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Rute Fernandes is principal flutist of the Zurich Philharmonic Orchestra.

2nd Prize winner

Joidy Blanco (Venezuela)

Joidy Blanco (Venezuela)

Born in Venezuela in 1992, flutist Joidy Blanco received her first music lessons in 2001 at the Youth Music Institute in Montalban. From 2005 to 2010, she was a student at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music with Prof. Jose Garcia. She then moved to the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Lyon, where she studies with M. Philippe Bernold. She is currently studying at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva with M. Jacques Zoon. Joidy has repeatedly attracted attention at music competitions in recent years.

3rd Prize winner

Stefan Gottfried Thomaschitz (Austria)

Stefan Gottfried Thomaschitz (Österreich)

Stefan Gottfried Tomaschitz was born on June 16, 1994 in Leoben. He has been studying the "concert subject flute" with Nils-Thilo Krämer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) since 2008, first in the highly gifted course, 2009-2012 in the preparatory course and since the winter semester 2012/13 as a regular student. Since the winter semester 2015/16 he now studied with Erwin Klambauer. He has also been receiving regular lessons on the piccolo from Raphael Leone in Vienna since summer 2013. Since the winter semester 2017/18 he also receives piccolo lessons from Karin Bonelli at KUG. Stefan completed his Bachelor's degree in "Concert Flute" with unanimous distinction at KUG in June 2016. Stefan is now studying "Concert Flute" at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He is currently completing a semester abroad at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar, in the class of Wally Hase (flute) and Benjamin Plag (piccolo). His busy concert schedule as a soloist, in the orchestra and as a chamber musician, as well as in the context of music education, has taken Stefan not only to Austria and Germany, but also to Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Holland, Great Britain and Slovakia. Stefan performed Carl Nielsen's "Koncert for Fløjte og Orkester" with the Johannes Kepler University Orchestra Linz and the Starvanger Amateur Orchestra in October 2016. In August 2016 he was a soloist of the "20th Summer Philharmo-nie Leoben" and played the "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in G major, KV 313" by W.A. Mozart with the "Pannonian Philharmonic Orchestra", conducted by Professor Alois Hochstrasser. Stefan was awarded a special prize and scholarship of the "International Kam-mermusikfestival 'Allegro Vivo' Austria", for the interpretation of "Chant de Linos" by André Jolivet in September 2016. In October 2015 Stefan Tomaschitz achieved with his flute trio at the "16th International Friedrich Kuhlau Flute Competition" in Uelzen (Germany), in the category for 3 and 4 flutes, a 3rd prize and the special prize of the jury over all categories for "the best interpretation of a work by Friedrich Kuhlau". With his flute trio Stefan is also active in the framework of "Life Music Now" since spring 2015 in Graz. Since spring 2017, Stefan has been principal flutist and piccolo flutist in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) and has already played there under Daniel Harding, with Christian Gerhaher as soloist. Since May 2017 Stefan is a substitute with the "Wiener Symphoniker" and since winter 2016 he is also a substitute in the ORF Radiosin-fonieorchster Wien (RSO Wien) and was allowed to accompany it among other things already on a China tour (January 2017) as a piccolo flutist. From summer 2015 to spring 2017 he was flutist and piccolo player in the Youth Orchestra of the European Union and played there under conductors like Vasily Pet-renko, Xian Zhang and Gianandrea Noseda as well as with soloists like Diana Damrau, Angela Georghiu and Alisa Weilerstein. Stefan was also solo piccolo flutist from 2012 and first solo flutist in the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra (WJO) from 2015 to 2017, playing under the direction of principal conductor Herbert Böck, Johannes Wildner, John Axelrod and Daniel Meyer. Stefan is a multiple state and national winner and special prize winner (various CD productions and master classes; Jeunesse Orchestra Camp Salzburg under Kevin John Edusei) at Prima la Musica, both as a soloist and with chamber music. From 2006-2009 he was (piccolo) flutist and soloist of the International Youth Symphony Orchestra of Styria-Lithuania under the direction of Maestro Saulius Sondeckis. In 2009 he played with the Vienna Philharmonic Project Styria-Salzburg with a concert at the Salzburg Festival (conducted by Günter Federsel). 2007-2010 he was soloist of the Styrian Chamber Music Festival Admont. He attended master classes with Barthold Kuijken, Silvia Careddu, Wally Hase, Michael Martin Kofler, Martin Belič and Vanessa Latzko, among others.

2018 - Bassoon

1st Prize winner

David Spranger (Germany)

David Spranger (Deutschland)

David Spranger received his first bassoon lessons at the age of 13 with Manfred Beyer (Staatskapelle Weimar) at the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere in Weimar. Later he was a junior student with Prof. Frank Forst at the Hochschule für Musik. Early on, active participation in master classes by Albrecht Holder, Klaus Thunemann, Eckart Hübner, Georg Klütsch, Dag Jensen and Sergio Azzolini furthered his musical education. As a soloist he performed with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Weimar. From 2008 he studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar with Prof. Frank Forst and was accepted as a scholarship holder of the "Hans und Eugenia Jütting" - Foundation Stendal and the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation. He is also a prize winner of several international competitions. In 2011/12 he completed a one-year study abroad with Prof. David Tomas in Barcelona, Spain and subsequently studied with him at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. From October 2014, he continued his master's studies with Prof. Georg Klütsch at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. David Spranger was a long-time member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He served two seasons as deputy principal bassoonist in the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn before becoming principal bassoonist in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2015/16 season. As a guest, he regularly plays with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London as well as the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In addition to various chamber music activities, David Spranger also teaches at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Codarts Academy.

2nd Prize winner

Andrea Cellacchi (Italy)

Andrea Cellacchi (Italien)

Andrea Cellacchi, born in Rome in 1997, comes from a family of musicians. He started playing the bassoon at the age of 10. At 16 he graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory of Latina "Ottori-no Respighi", Italy. At the age of 18 he reached international prestige after winning the first prize at the tenth "Aeolus" competition in Düsseldorf, Germany and as the first Italian ever, the first prize at the "Muri" competition in Switzerland. He also won the Premio Abbado Award 2015 and was first prize winner of the International Bassoon Competitions "Audimozart" 2016, "G. Rosini" in Pesaro and "Città di Chieri". In 2017 he received the "Antonin Reicha" prize during the International Summer Academy in Vienna. At 15 he was admitted to the "Accademia Nazionale di Santza Cecilia" in Rome, where he attended the bassoon master class of M. Francesco Bossone. Furthermore he participated in master classes of Deg Jensen, Matthias Ràcz, Klaus Thunemann, Heinz Holliger, Carlo Colombo, Stefano Canuti, Giorgio Mandolesi, Ole Kristian Dahl, Giorgio Versiglia. He is currently attending the master's program in Music Performance at the Zurich University of the Arts in the class of Matthias Ràcz. At the age of 19 he became the first bassoonist in the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, conducted by Iván Fischer, with whom he was able to play in great halls such as the Konzerthaus, the Philharmonie in Berlin as well as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He has performed as a soloist with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, the Meinin-ger Hofkapelle, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Argovia Philharmonic, the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento and the Orchestra of Teatro Lirici in Cagliari. He played with orchestras such as the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Filarmonica del Tetro Regio and the Orchestra Filarmonica in Turin, under the direction of conductors A. Pappanu, G. Noseda, D. Rustioni. He has also participated in notable concert seasons and European ones, such as the "Rome Chamber" Music Festival, the "Encuentro de Música de Santander" and the "Campus Rhein-Main Festival" in Frankfurt, where he has played with artists such as A. Cabonare, G. Pallari, L. Dutton, H. Schellenberger, A. Adorian, E. Brunner, L. Borrani, L. Navarro, M. Ràcz and R. Vlatkovic. In 2016 he was awarded the Medal of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in recognition of his talent.

3rd Prize winner

Theo Plath (Germany)

Theo Plath (Deutschland)

Theo Plath is first prize winner of numerous international competitions and performs as a soloist with important orchestras in Germany and abroad. As a sought-after chamber musician, he is a regular guest at renowned festivals such as the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Davos Festival and the "Spannungen" in Heimbach, where he performs with musicians such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Vilde Frang and Maximilian Hornung. He is also a member of the Monet Wind Quintet. In 2015, his first CD was released, featuring the Sinfonia concertante by W. A. Mozart with Ramón Ortega Quero, Sebastian Manz and Marc Gruber. Theo Plath is currently studying for a master's degree with Prof. Dag Jensen at the HMT Munich. He is regularly involved in the initiative "Rhapsody in School" and conveys his enthusiasm for classical music to students all over Germany. In 2018, Theo Plath is principal bassoonist of the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern.

2017 - Viola

1st Prize winner

Diyang Mei (China)

Diyang Mei (China)

Diyang Mei began his violin training at the age of five. From 2005 he attended the school affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music, majoring in viola in the class of Prof. Shaowu Wang. Already during this time he received several scholarships and won numerous international prizes.

He played with numerous symphony orchestras and attended master classes with Hariolf Schlichtig, Matthias Buchholz, Pinchas Zukerman, Nobuko Imai, Roberto Diaz, Günter Pichler and Valentin Erben, among others. In October 2012, Diyang Mei was elected as the representative of the Chinese Musicians Association. In December of the same year, he won the prize of the Central Conservatory of Music. Since 2014, Diyang Mei has been studying with Prof. Hariolf Schlichtig at the Munich University of Music and Drama. Since 2016, he has been a scholarship holder at the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now München e.V..
His most important awards include First Prize at the National Viola Competition in Beijing, China in 2007, First Prize and a Special Prize at the 10th International Viola and Cello Competition in Villa de Llanes, Spain in 2008, First Prize at the String Quartet Competition of the 8th. Jinzhong" Chinese Music Conference in 2011, First Prize and other awards at the IVC Young Artist Competition in Rochester in 2012, First Prize at the Polish International Music Festival in Pila in 2012, First Prize at the 19th International Brahms Music Competition for Viola in Austria in 2012, First Prize at the Gasteig Music Competition in Munich in 2015, and First Prize and the Friends of Young Musicians Prize at the Max Rostal International Music Competition for Viola in Berlin in 2015.

2nd Prize winner

Karolina Errera (Russia)

Karolina Errera (Russland)

Born in Moscow, Russian-Dominican violist Karolina Errera began her musical education at the Moscow Central Music School in the class of Mariya Sitkovskaya. In 2007, she was awarded the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation Scholarship. After completing her studies in Moscow, she continued her education with Wilfried Strehle as part of her bachelor's degree at the Berlin University of the Arts. Until 2019, she studied with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin.TF
Karolina Errera
Viola

Born in Moscow, Russian-Dominican violist Karolina Errera began her musical education at the Moscow Central Music School in the class of Mariya Sitkovskaya. In 2007, she was awarded the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation Scholarship. After completing her studies in Moscow, she continued her education with Wilfried Strehle as part of her bachelor's degree at the Berlin University of the Arts. Until 2019, she studied with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin.
A glimpse into my world: Karolina Errera

In 2018, Karolina Errera won first prize at the International Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition. She had previously won second prize at the 52nd International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen and first prize at the Rakovsky International Competition. She has performed in concert halls such as the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

Karolina Errera is a regular guest artist at international festivals such as Verbier Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Seiji Ozawa Academy Festival, Pablo Casals Festival and Krzyzowa Music Festival.

She plays a modern viola by Haiko Seifert, provided to her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She was also a scholarship holder of the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Karolina Errera participated in the chamber music project Chamber Music Connects The World in 2014 and performed alongside Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Kim Kashkashian and Steven Isserlis. In 2020, she was a lecturer at Mit Musik - Miteinander. Since October 2019, she has been studying with Tabea Zimmermann at Kronberg Academy.

3.rd Prize winner

Sejune Kim (South Korea)

Sejune Kim (Südkorea)

Sejune Kim began playing the violin at the age of six. Later he switched to the viola. Sejune Kim received numerous prizes, such as the First Prize at the 9th Jan Rakowski Viola Competition in Poland, a Second Prize at the Hindemith Competition of the Walter Witte Viola Foundation (while not winning the First Prize) in Frankfurt am Main, and the Third Prize at the Max Rostal Competition 2015 in Berlin. In the same year he won the 23rd competition of the Instrument Fund of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben in viola. He plays on a viola by Stephan von Baehr 2009, Paris.

With his Abel Quartet, Sejune Kim won the 2nd prize at the August Everding Competition in the subject string quartet 2014 in Munich and the 1st prize at the Joseph Haydn Competition 2015 in Vienna, Austria. In the same year, he won 2nd prize at the Lyon Chamber Music Competition and 3rd prize at the Geneva String Quartet Competition.

Sejune Kim has performed as a soloist with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Milton Keynes Orchestra, Baden Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, Baden Baden Youth Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra and GMMFS Orchestra, among others, as well as together with well-known musicians such as Natalia Gutman, Kolja Blacher, Mischa Maisky, Hannah Chang and the Sejong Soloists.
He complemented his education with master classes with Nobuko Imai, Hartmut Rohde, Friedemann Weigle, Gath Knox, Vincent Royer, Lawrence Dutton, Tobi Apple, Rainer Schmidt, Eberhard Feltz, Heime Müller and with Cuarteto Casals.
After completing his bachelor's degree, Sejune Kim studied in the master's program at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann. Subsequently, he studied parallel solo master at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Hartmut Rohde and together with his string quartet at the HfMT Munich with Prof. Christoph Poppen and Prof. Hariolf Schlichtig. He is currently continuing his studies at the HfMTM Hannover with Prof. Volker Jacobsen.

2017 - Doublebass

1st Prize winner

Andreas Ehelebe (Germany)

Andreas Ehelebe (Deutschland)

Andreas Ehelebe was born in Wernigerode in 1994 and received piano lessons from an early age.

At the age of eleven he switched to the double bass and was first taught by Andreas Nettels, later by Prof. Frithjof-Martin Grabner at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. During this time Andreas won several prizes at the national competition "Jugend Musiziert" in the categories "double bass solo" and "duo string instrument/piano" and gained his first orchestral experience in the state and national youth orchestras. He gained further orchestral experience in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg Baden-Baden, the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and in the future in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra as well as in the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic.
At the 2015 German Music Competition, Andreas Ehelebe was awarded a scholarship and is participating in the 2016/2017 season of the German National Selection of Concerts for Young Artists. He also received 1st prize at the International Lake Constance Music Competition Überlingen 2015 and at the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen 2017.
Andreas Ehelebe is supported by the Märkische Kulturkonferenz, the Richard-Wagner Verband, the Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
Since the winter semester 2013/2014 he is enrolled as a student at the Nuremberg University of Music, where he is taught by Prof. Dorin Marc.

2nd Prize winner

Maria Krykov (Finland)

Maria Krykov (Finnland)

Finnish bass Maria Krykov began her training with Lasse Lagercrantz at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. After a few years at the Folkwang University of the Arts, she completed her Bachelor's degree at the HfM "Hanns Eisler" with Prof. Matthew McDonald, where she is currently pursuing her Master's degree.
As a long-time member, as well as solo bassist of the EUYO, she gained early experience in orchestral playing. From 2012-2013, Maria Krykov was an intern in the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, and in 2016 she began the Ferenc Frerie Orchestra Academy. Furthermore, she played in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and as principal double bass in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
As a chamber musician she has been a guest at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival since 2012, as well as at festivals in Helsinki and Sysmä.
Maria Krykov was in semifinals of the ARD Competition 2016, won a 2nd prize at the International Sperger Competition 2016 and was first prize winner of the 1st International Double Bass Competition Ankara 2015.

3rd Prize winner

Indivara Stivín (Czech Republic)

Indivara Stivín (Tschechische Republik)

Indi Stivín was born in Prague in 2001 into a musical family. He started playing the piano and violin very early. At the age of 9, he discovered his love for the double bass because of its deep and soothing sound, and in addition to playing on this instrument, he began writing his own double bass compositions. Indi Stivín studies with Dalibor Tkadlčík, the solo bassist of the Prague State Opera and takes private lessons with Jan Krigovsky in Senec, Slovakia. He has already won numerous national and international prizes. These include first prizes at international double bass competitions in Blatna, Czech Republic (2012, 2014, 2016), in Wroclaw, Poland (2013), in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia ("Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf," 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), in Ostrava, Czech Republic ("PRO BOHEMIA," 2015), and in Holice, Czech Republic ("František Černý and Jan Geissel," 2016). He also received a special prize for exceptional musicians under 17 at the "Victor Dijon de Monteton Award" Zurich, Switzerland.

2016 - Horn

2nd Prize winner

Luís Duarte Dias Moreira (Portugal)

Luís Duarte Dias Moreira (Portugal)

Luís Duarte Moreira was born in Paços de Ferreira. In 2005 he began his horn studies with Hélder Vales, graduating with honors. He was awarded the "Dr.ª Manuela Carvalho Prize" as the best graduate. Subsequently, in 2015, he completed his Bachelor's degree with Bohdan Sebestik, Abel Pereira and Nuno Vaz.
Luís Duarte Moreira attended master classes with the most important horn players such as Radovan Vlatkovich, Abel Pereira, José Bernardo Silva, David Johnson, Ricardo Matosinhos, Bruno Rafael, Paulo Guerreiro, David Thompson, Szabolcs Zempléni, Will Sanders, Kerry Turner, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Rodolfo Epelde Cruz and Jeff Nelsen.
He was awarded first prize at the international competition "Terras de La-Salette" (2012 and 2014). In 2012 he was a member of the Fundação Orquestra Estúdio, the orchestra of the 2012 Capital of Culture. He also played in several youth orchestras (ARTAVE Orchestras, APROARTE Orchestra, ESMAE Orchestra, Landesjugendorchester Bremen, Galicia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Youth Orchestra) and also regularly in the Porto Symphony Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and with the Portuguese Symphonic Band. He is currently studying in the master's program at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin with Marie-Luise Neunecker, supported by a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

2nd Prize winner

Nicolás Gómez Naval (Spain)

Nicolás Gómez Naval (Spanien)

Nicolás Gómez Naval is assistant first horn player with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Spain). He received the degree of Master of Arts with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

During the last years he has played as a freelance musician with numerous orchestras. Particularly noteworthy is his collaboration with the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna under the direction of Claudio Abbado, as well as with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Europe.

Nicolás Gómez Naval was born in 1990 and began his musical training at the age of 8. In 2010 he received a scholarship from the Fundación Albéniz to continue his studies with Prof. Radovan Vlatkovic and Rodolfo Epelde at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. Three years later, he graduated at the top of his class and received recognition for his graduation concert that same year.
With scholarships from ABRSM and JONDE-BBVA, he was able to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with professors Richard Watkins, Michael Thompson and Martin Owen. He has attended master classes with José Vicente Castelló, David Fernández Alonso, Markus Maskuniitty and Eric Terwilliger, and gained orchestral experience in high-level youth orchestras in Europe, including the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, with whom he has performed in major concert halls and festivals in Europe and North America.
Recently he has been awarded several international prizes, such as the International Wind Competition of the Moscow Conservatory, the XV Concorso Internazionale di Musica per Giovani Interpreti "Città di Chieri" and in 2012 the Concurso de trompa Comunidad de Madrid. In the field of chamber music he has participated in various festivals.

3rd Prize winner

Ivo Dudler (Switzerland)

Ivo Dudler (Schweiz)

Ivo Dudler began playing the horn at the age of 12 with Enrico Cerpelloni at the Goldach Music School. In 2011 he transferred to the Zurich University of the Arts, where he was a junior student with Mischa Greull for two years before joining the horn class of Prof. Christian-Friedrich Dallmann at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2013, where he began his bachelor's studies. In addition to participating in a wide variety of master classes, including those with Hermann Baumann, Szabolcs Zempleni, André Cazalet and Raimund Zell, he is also active in various orchestras. Ivo Dudler is a member of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra and played in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in 2014; in 2015 he also participated in projects of the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been successful in solo competitions - Ivo Dudler is a Migros Kulturprozent study prize winner and has won 2nd prizes at the Lions Music Competition and the Swiss Youth Music Competition. He regularly plays in chamber music ensembles, whether in the context of chamber music lessons at the university or in courses specifically for chamber music ensembles, in which he has participated. He gains valuable orchestral experience through regular substitute work, both with the modern horn and natural horn, with orchestras in the Berlin region such as the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Concerto Brandenburg (on period instruments), the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and many others. From September to December 2015, Ivo Dudler was an academist in the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra Academy in early 2016.

2016 - Tuba

2nd Prize winner

Henrique Dos Santos Costa (Portugal)

Henrique Dos Santos Costa (Portugal)

Henrique Dos Santos Costa comes from the small Portuguese village of Alcochete. He began his musical education in 2007 at the Music School of the National Conservatory in Lisbon. From 2011 to 2014, he studied with Adélio Carneiro at the National Superior Orchestral Academy of Metropolitana in Lisbon. He is currently a student of Anne Jelle Visser in Zurich, supported by a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
He was a multiple prize winner at the national brass competition "Terras de La Sallette" in Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), was a semi-finalist at the ITEC International Tuba Competition in Linz (Austria) and at the International Brass Competition in Gdansk (Poland).
Henrique Dos Santos Costa played in the Youth Symphony Orchestra Lisbon, the Portuguese Youth Orchestra "Momentum Perputuum", the Metropolitan Orchestra Lisbon, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Lisbon, the Allgarve Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestra XXI and the Wind Orchestra of the European Union. As a soloist he performed with the Wind Orchestra of Metropolitana and in a recital at the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory in Aveiro (Portugal).

3rd Prize winner

Gergely Lukács (Hungary)

Gergely Lukács (Ungarn)

Gergely Lukács was born in 1995 in Keszthely (Hungary). He began his musical education at the music school "Erkel Ferenc" in Zalaszentgrót with Attila Johann. His path then led him to Gábor Adamik at the Béla Bartók Academy in Budapest. He is currently studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with László Szabó. GergelyLukács participated in master classes with Øystein Baadsvik, Sergio Carolino, Andreas Hofmeir, Dirk Hirthe, Roland Szentpáli and Daniel Perantoni.
He was also a successful participant in numerous competitions. For example, he won the national tuba competition in Budapest in 2012 and twice the international brass competition in Brno (Czech Republic). He also won at the ITEC International Tuba Competition in Bloomington (USA) in 2014, at the International Brass Competition in Varazdin (Croatia) in 2015 and the third prize at the IX Michal Spisak International Music Competition.
Gergely Lukács performs as a soloist, in orchestras and chamber music ensembles such as the Heavy Brass Guys Tuba Quartet and in the European Brass Ensemble.

3rd Prize winner

Florian Schuegraf (France)

Florian Schuegraf (Frankreich)

Florian Schuegraf's musical career began at the age of 6 with lessons on the Euophonium with Gabriel Capet. He won numerous regional and national competitions before switching to the tuba at the age of 16. There he was initially also taught by Gabriel Capet. He then continued his training in the class of Gerard Buquet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Florian Schuegraf is deeply committed to orchestral and chamber music and plays regularly with prestigious ensembles such as the Opéra de Paris, the Orchestre National de France and the Brussels Philharmonic.
In 2012, he co-founded the brass quintet "quintegr'al", which has been invited to perform at major festivals. Recently he was a finalist at the international competition in Porcia, won the national competition in Tours and the international competition in Jeju.

2015 - Violin

1st Prize winner

Ziyu He (China)

Ziyu He (China)

Ziyu He (born 1999 in Qingdao) is an Austrian violinist of Chinese origin. In 2014, he won first prize for Austria in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. Ziyu He learned to play the violin from the age of five with Professor Zhang Xiangrong. In 2010, he came to the attention of Professor Paul Roczek of the Salzburg Mozarteum as part of the Austro-Chinese Music Academy and was recommended to participate in the Mozarteum's International Summer Academy. Since 2011, He has been living in Salzburg and studying at the Leopold Mozart Institute of the Mozarteum there.
He opened the Salzburg Festival with concerts in 2010 and 2012, and in the summer of 2012 he was the youngest participant in the Meissen International Music Academy, where he was selected for the Szymon Goldberg Award Meissen.
In 2012 he was the winner of the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum, and in 2013 he won the third prize and special prize "Sonata" at the International Competition for Violin in Kloster Schöntal. In 2013 he received the third prize at the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists.

2nd Prize winner

Shuichi Okada (Japan)

Shuichi Okada (Japan)

Shuichi Okada was born in Bordeaux in 1995. He began playing the violin at the age of 5. After studying at the Conservatory of Bordeaux with Stephane Rougier, he was unanimously accepted at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 15 in the class of Roland Daugaril, Suzanne Gessner and Christoph Poiget. He is currently in his first year of the master class. Passionate about chamber music, he joined the renowned Ysaye Quartet in 2012, giving him the chance to work with teachers such as Claire Desert, Francois Salque and Trio Wanderer. He regularly participates in master classes, for example with Mihawla Martin, Patrice Fontanarosa, Donk Suk Kang, Sarah Nemtanu and Stephan Picard.
Shuichi Okada participated in the Seiji Ozawa Academy (Switzerland) and the Carl Flesch Academy, where he received a prize with orchestra.
He won many competitions, such as the second prize of the International Competition Postacchini, the first prize of the International Competition Ginette Neveu, the first prize and the prize for the most outstanding personality at the competition in Mirecourt. Recently he was honored in prestigious competitions such as the Lipizer (Gorizia) or Fritz Kreisler (Vienna). This gives him the opportunity to play with orchestras such as the Opera Orchestra of Avignon, the Orchestra of the Weimar Conservatory, the Nancy Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the DFO (at the Salle Pleyel), the Chamber Orchestra "New Europe", the Orchestra of Romania and the Philharmonie Baden-Baden.
Shuichi is a regular guest at festivals such as The Deauville Music Festival, the "Les Vacances de Mr. Haydn" Festival, the Festival de la Roque d'Antheron, the Festival "Moments Musicaux" de la Baule and the Festival de la Vézère.
He has had the opportunity to play in great halls as a soloist or chamber musician, such as the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Cortot, Victoria Hall in Geneva and the Vienna Musikverein.

3rd Prize winner

Yasuka Morizono (Japan)

Yasuka Morizono (Japan)

Yasuka Morizono was born on December 23, 1992 in Yokohama, Japan into a family of musicians. From 2008 to 2011 she received lessons at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music from Masayuki Kino, where she graduated in 2011. Since 2011, she has been studying at the HfM Würzburg with Prof. Herwig Zack. Her teachers also include Sachika Mizuno and Natsumi Tamai. She received further musical inspiration at courses and seminars with Ivry Gitlis, Régis Pasquier, Igor Ozim, Vadim Gluzman, Christian Altenburger, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Voces Quartet and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, among others.
She is a laureate of the 15th KOBE International Music Competition (2nd prize, 2010 Kobe, Japan), the 26th Kanagawa Music Competition (1st prize, 2010 Kanagawa, Japan), the DAAD Competition (1st prize, 2011 Würzburg, Germany) and the 31st International Violin Competition "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer" (5th prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of a modern violin concerto, 2012 Gorizia, Italy). Since 2013 she has been sponsored by the "Yehudi Menuhin - Live Music Now" Foundation. In the same year she was awarded the Deutschlandstipendium. As a soloist she has performed with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yokohama Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Göttinger Musikfreunde with works by J. Sibelius, P. Sarasate, E. Lalo, M. Bruch and B. Bartok.

2015 - Doublebass

1st Prize winner

Dominik Wagner (Austria/Germany)

Dominik Wagner (Österreich/Deutschland)

Dominik Wagner was born in Vienna in 1997. After 5 years of cello lessons, he switched to the double bass in 2007. From 2007 to 2011 he was a member of the Vienna Boys Choir, from 2008 alto soloist and also participated in concerts as cello and double bass soloist. Since 2009 he has been taking lessons at the Highly Gifted Course of the Vienna University of Music with Prof. J. Niederhammer and Mag. Werner Fleischmann.
Besides successes in national youth competitions (several times 1st prizes in the national competition of Prima la musica), Dominik Wagner also won prizes of the European String Teacher Association, at the International Festival Allegro Vivo, at the international competition at the Gnesin Academy Moscow (1st prize, 2012), at the Leos Janacek Competition, Brno as well as at the International Golden Bass Competition Lviv, Ukraine. He was also awarded the prize for string soloists at the Prague-Vienna-Budapest International Summer Academy, special prizes at the Osaka International Competition in Japan and for the best interpretation of the modern compulsory piece at the J.M. Sperger Competition.
As a soloist he has performed in Europe with several orchestras such as the Young Master Players of the Vienna Music University, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, the Moravian Chamber Orchestera, the Franz Schmidt Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Studio Orchestra Lviv, the Munich Youth Orchestra in the Gasteig, the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and the Ensemble Kontrapunkte.
He attended master classes and had lessons with Petru Iuga, Bernhard Ziegler, Christine Hoock, Dorin Marc, Johannes Auersperg, Roman Patkolo, Jiri Hudec and Catalin Rotaru.
Dominik Wagner is a member of the LGT Young Soloists, Zurich.

2nd Prize winner

Viktor Osokin (Ukraine)

Viktor Osokin (Ukraine)

Viktor Osokin was born in Ukraine in 1992. At the age of 12 he received his first double bass lessons at the "P. Stolyarsky Music School" in Odessa. From 2010 he continued his education at the "Music Academy A. Nezdanova" with Vladimir Chekalyuk. Since that time he is employed at the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Odessa.
Viktor Osokin is a laureate of the following competitions:
2013 - 1st prize at the "21st Century Art" competition in Vorzel, Ukraine.
2013 - 1st prize at the 19th International Music Competition "E. Coca" in Moldova.
2013 - 2nd prize at the 1st International Double Bass Competition "Golden Bass" in Ukraine.

3rd Prize winner

Marek Romanowski (Poland)

Marek Romanowski (Polen)

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Marek Romanowski graduated with honors from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of Jan Kotula.
He won various prizes at competitions in Poland, Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia, Denmark and the Czech Republic and honed his skills at master classes in Łańcut, Głuchołazy, Wrocław, Bałoszyce, Brno (Czech Republic) and Sion (Switzerland) with professors such as Bozo Paradzik, Miloslav Jelinek, Irena Olkiewicz, Bogusław Furtok, Gunars Upatnieks, Klaus Trumpf, Krzysztof Firlus and Thierry Barbe.
Marek Romanowski took lessons from such teachers as Jadwiga Kaliszewska and Dominik Polonski. He performed at various Polish music festivals and also played with several orchestras such as Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Ensemble, Opera-Studio Lviv Orchestra and Navarra Philharmonic Orchestra.
His talent has been honored with numerous scholarships, for example by the President of Katowice, the Polish Ministry of Culture, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and by the Rector of the Katowice Academy of Music. Marek Romanowski was also presented with the special prize of the "Polish National Center of Culture". He plays a double bass made by Polish instrument maker Marian Pawlik in 2011.

2014 - Clarinet

1st Prize winner

Bettina Aust (Germany)

Bettina Aust (Deutschland)

Bettina Aust studied in the master's program with Sabine Meyer in Lübeck. Previously, she completed her diploma with Johannes Peitz in Hanover. She participated in numerous competitions and received, among others, a scholarship of the "German Music Competition" in 2012, which was connected with the admission to the "57th Federal Selection Concerts of Young Artists". With the "Rheingold Trio" and the "Duo Aust" she performs throughout Germany and made radio recordings for NDR, SWR, WDR, Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio. Bettina Aust plays in orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. The clarinettist is supported by several foundations, such as the "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes".

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3rd Prize winner

Patrick Hollich (Germany)

Patrick Hollich (Deutschland)

Born on July 28, 1990, Patrick Alexander Hollich began to discover his love for music at a young age. In 1994 he started piano lessons at the conservatory in Karlsruhe with Mrs. Jahnke. From 1998 to 2010 he took percussion lessons with Mr. Riemer at the music school in Baden-Baden. In 2009 he learned clarinet music from his father Prof. Anton Hollich. At the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart he learned to play the clarinet with Prof. Norbert Kaiser. Within seven years he celebrated several first national prizes in solo, duo and chamber music. In 2009, he achieved first prize in the Lions Club International Competition. Three years later, he won a promotional prize at the German Music Academy Competition in Düsseldorf with the decet ensemble of the Stuttgart Music Academy. His soloist experience includes numerous concerts as a soloist with the Freiburg Teachers Orchestra, the Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bucharest Radio Orchestra. He attended numerous master classes has already been able to gain orchestral experience in the Federal Youth Orchestra and the State Youth Orchestra. Since 2013 he often helps out as solo clarinetist with the Badische Philharmonie Pforzheim, the Philharmonie Baden Baden, the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, the Museumsorchester Frankfurt and the Sinfonieorchester des hr.

3rd Prize winner

Wooyun Kim (South korea)

Wooyun Kim (Südkorea)

Woo Yun Kim was born on October 21, 1992. After graduating from the High School of Arts in Seoul in 2011 with Chang Hee Lee and Myhung Jin Lim, he is now studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne with Ralph Manno. During his high school years, he participated in numerous international competitions. For example, in 2012 he played in the "Concorso Internazionale di Musica Marco Fiorindo" as a finalist, was a semi-finalist in the Gheorge Dima International Competition, as well as the Risbon International Clarinet Competition and the Beijing International Music Competition. He won the third prize at the Beijing International Music Competition and achieved the second prize at the "Saverio Mercadante" International Clarinet Competition. In 2009, Woo Yun Kim gave a concert at the "Kumbo Art Hall" and played at the "Ceramic Palace Hall" in 2011. In 2013, he performed with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. He attended master classes with Yehuda Gilad, Martin Forst, Karl Leistner, Martin Spangenberg, Patrick Messina, Florent Heau, Wenzel Fuchs, Eduard Brunner and Paul Meyer.

2014 - Trumpet

1st Prize winner

Viktor Spáth (Hungary)

Viktor Spáth (Ungarn)

Viktor Spáth was born in Hungary in 1984. He studied at the Academy of Music in Budapest with Tamás Velenczei. After graduating in 2008, he spent a year at the Herbert von Karajan Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. Between 2009 and 2012, he was with the Staatskapelle Weimar. Since August 2012, he has been principal trumpet of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.

2nd Prize winner

Fabian Neuhaus (Switzerland)

Fabian Neuhaus (Schweiz)

3rd Prize winner

Serena Basandella (Italy)

Serena Basandella (Italien)

2013 - Viola

2nd Prize winner

Hiyoli Togawa (Japan)

Hiyoli Togawa (Japan)

Hiyoli Togawa graduated from Antoine Tamestit after studying with Rainer Moog for many years. She was a violist with the Schnitzler Quartet and the Quatuor CoryFeye, with whom she studied in Brussels with the Artemis Quartet. Now she is a student of Hariolf Schlichtig in Munich. Numerous solo and chamber music performances have taken her throughout Europe and Japan. Concerts and interviews have been broadcast on WDR. Hiyoli Togawa has been awarded numerous promotional prizes.

3rd Prize winner

Kyoung Min Park (South korea)

Kyoung Min Park (Südkorea)

Kyoung Min Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1990 and received piano and violin lessons from the age of 6. She began playing the viola at the age of 11. She first studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Ulrich Schönauer and Wolfgang Klos. Before she moved to Prof. Walter Kussner at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin in 2008. Currently she is a student of Prof. Tabea Zimmermann. In addition to several prizes in her home country, Kyoungmin Park won, among others, a first prize at the Festival in Bled as well as prizes at the International Lionel Tertis Viola Competition, the Max Rostal Competition and the Carl Flesh Prize. As a soloist, she has performed with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamburg Festival Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. She gained orchestral experience with the Potsdam Chamber Academy, among others. She gave concerts with the Romanian Radio Orchestra and at the International Music Academy Switzerland under Seiji Ozawa and Nobuko Imai as well as at the International Zermatt Festival. Master classes led her to Volker Jacobsen, Barbara Westphal, Tatjana Masurenko, Eberhard Feltz, Wilfried Strehle, Nobuko Imai and Hartmut Rohde.

3rd Prize winner

Manuel Vioque-Judde (Frace)

Manuel Vioque-Judde (Frankreich)

Born in 1991, Manuel Vioque Judde learns to play the viola within the family at the age of 5. At 9, he begins his training at Maîtrise de Radio France, where he sings under the direction of Toni Ramon. At the same time, he continues his viola lessons and at the age of 15 he is unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the class of Jean Sulem. After obtaining the Master's Diploma of Interpretation, he is admitted to the Diplôme d'Artiste Interprète in 2012 and, with the support of the Conservatoire, he prepares a cycle of concerts focusing on "English music at the beginning of the 20th century". Enthusiastic about chamber music, he frequently gives concerts, playing sonatas accompanied by the pianist Cédric Lorel or with the string trio of Dalton Vioque, and makes guest appearances at numerous festivals, in Obernai in 2012 accompanied by Geneviève Laurenceau, in Rolle in Switzerland at the Chamber Music Academy founded by Seiji Ozawa. As a soloist, he will perform the solo part of "Don Quichotte" by Richard Strauss with the Orchestre Français des Jeunes alongside Gary Hoffmann, and later Sonia Wieder Atherton. In February 2014, he will perform Béla Bartok's Concerto for Viola at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, accompanied by the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire de Paris. He is a laureate of several competitions: first prize winner at the Young Violists Competition (France 2006), third prize winner at the International Beethoven Competition (Czech Republic 2010), first prize winner and special prize at the International Competition of Llanes (Spain 2010). In 2012 he became a laureate of the L'or du Rhin Foundation.

2013 - Cello

1st Prize winner

Bruno Delepelaire (France)

Bruno Delepelaire (Frankreich)

Bruno Delepelaire started playing the cello at the age of 5 and studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Philippe Muller from 2009. He also attended master classes with Jens-Peter Maintz, Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt, François Salque, Wen-Sinn Yang and Wolfgang Boettcher. He gained orchestral experience with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and as a soloist he performed with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra of Reutlingen. In 2012 Bruno Delepelaire won the First Prize at the international "Karl Davidoff Cello Competition" in Kuldiga, Latvia, as well as - together with his string quartet - the prize for the best performance of a work by Joseph Haydn at the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg. Since October 2012 he has been a scholarship holder at the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is taught by Ludwig Quandt. Since April 2013 he is additionally a student at the UdK Berlin with Jens-Peter Maintz.

3rd Prize winner

Sol Daniel Kim (Austria)

Sol Daniel Kim (Österreich)

Cellist Sol Daniel Kim, born in Vienna in 1990, received his first cello lessons at the age of 6. However, cello was not to remain his only instrument. Two years later he also began to play the piano, because he was already very interested in music as a child, which was practically put in his cradle, since his mother is an opera singer. Determined to follow the path of a cellist, he went to the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2000, where he was accepted into the preparatory class taught by Christine Vitoux-Erben and Valentin Erben. After 9 years together, he finally moved to the class of Heinrich Schiff, with whom he studied from 2009 to 2012, graduating with honors from the 2nd degree (Bachelor). He is currently studying in the Master's program with Jens Peter Maintz at the University of the Arts in Berlin. His musical education does not end here, however, as he has also participated in many master classes where he has had the opportunity to work with Heidi Litschauer, Gary Hoffman, Anner Bylsma, Christoph Richter, Frans Helmerson and Jens Peter Maintz, among others. That his school education was not neglected in all this is shown by his graduation from the Musikgymnasium Wien, where he graduated in 2009 with excellent results. In 2007, at the age of 16, he was accepted as the youngest member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and had the opportunity to play with famous conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Zubin Metha, Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Andrew Davis and renowned soloists such as Martha Argerich, Anne Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell and Evgeny Kissin. This was followed by a tour with the UBS VFO with Martha Argerich and Charles Dutoit through the USA and Europe, where he played in famous halls such as Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Avery Fisher Hall in New York and Zurich Tonhalle, to name a few.

3rd Prize winner

Edward King (New Zealand)

Edward King (Neuseeland)

New Zealand cellist Edward King has performed extensively in his home country, including concerts with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Opus Chamber Orchestra, and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo and chamber music concerts. As a member of the Leonari Trio, awarded the ROSL Arts/Pettman International Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble, Edward King toured the UK in 2010, giving concerts at venues such as St-Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James Piccadilly, as well as the Budleigh Salterton Summer Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has won prizes in international competitions including the 43rd NZ National Concerto Competition (1st prize), the 19th Gisborne International Music Competition (3rd prize), the Johann Andreas Stein Competition, 2012 (1st prize) and the Lutosławski International Competition in Warsaw (3rd prize). He has also been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes, including the Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance, the Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal. Edward King is a graduate of the University of Waikato (New Zealand), where he was a Sir Edward Hillary Scholar. He has also participated in master classes with Franz Helmerson, Uzi Wiezel, Philippe Muller, Gautier Capuçon, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Edward King is currently studying with Prof. Julius Berger at the Leopold Mozart Center in Augsburg, Germany.

2012 - Horn

1st Prize winner

Peter Müseler (Germany)

Peter Müseler (Deutschland)

Peter Müseler was born in Suhl/Thuringia in 1988. From 2001 to 2008 he attended the music high school Schloss Belvedere Weimar. From 2000 to 2005 he took lessons with Professor Reiner Heimbuch in Weimar. After that Robinson Wappler taught him until 2008. Peter Müseler began studying with Professor Dallmann at the University of the Arts in Berlin in October 2008, and since August 2011 he has been an academist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. He gained orchestral experience with the Rias Jugendorchester and Baltic Youth Philharmonic in 2009, as well as with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie in 2010 and the Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo) in 2011. In addition, he helps out in the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In September 2010, the horn player won the 3rd prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Alice Samter Foundation. In 2011 he was accepted into the "Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler", received a scholarship and won the special prize of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben within the German Music Competition in Berlin, where he reached the 3rd round. In September 2011 Peter Müseler became third prize winner at the International Performers Competition in Brno/Czech Republic.

2nd Prize winner

Maciej Baranowski (Poland)

Maciej Baranowski (Polen)

Maciej Baranowski was born on May 3, 1989 in Zielona Góra, Poland. There he received his first horn lessons at the Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna with Professor Ivan Moroz and, after completing his school career, moved to the University of the Arts in Berlin in 2007, where he is still taught by Professor Christian Friedrich Dallmann. At the age of 22, Maciej Baranowski can already look back on a long artistic career. For example, he has already played at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Bach Academy in Stuttgart, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Bremen, and this year he joined the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a fellow of various foundations and institutions, including the "Minister Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego RP" in the "Program Stypendialny "Młoda Polska", the ad infinitum Foundation and the Paul Hindemith Society. Maciej Baranowski also won a considerable number of prizes both in Poland itself and internationally. These include first prize at competitions such as the Ogólnopolskie Przesłuchania Instrumentów Dętych Blaszanych 2003 in Częstochowa/Poland, first prize at the Międzynarodowy Konkurs "Muzyka Nadziei" 2004 in Homel/Belarus, distinction at the 59th Prague Spring International Music Competition in 2007, and first prize at the Second International Music Competition in Sannicandro di Bari. Most recently he took a first prize at the second Polish Horn Competition in Łódź.

3rd Prize winner

Dániel Ember (Hungary)

Dániel Ember (Ungarn)

Dániel Ember was born in 1982 in Debrecen, Hungary. From 1996 to 200 he attended the Zoltán Kodály High School of Music in his native town and studied with Miklós Kökényessy. From 2000 to 2005 he was at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Ferenc Tarjáni. Afterwards Dániel Ember attended the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra until 2007. There Stefan de Leval Jezierski was his teacher. From 2010 to 2011 Dániel Ember studied at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin with Prof. Marie Luise Neunecker. From 2001 to 2003 the horn player played with the Dohnányi Ernö Symphonic Orchestra in Budapest (3rd/1st horn). From 2003 to 2005 he was a member of the Hungarian Telekom Symphonic Orchestra Budapest as (1st/3rd horn) and since 2007 he has been principal horn in the Philharmonic State Orchestra of the Hamburg State Opera. He attended master classes with Ab Koster, Marie Luise Neunecker, István Vincze, Ádám Friedrich as well as Frank Lloyd. Dániel Ember has also won prizes at numerous international competitions. For example, he won the first prize at the Paxman International Horn Competition in London in 2002. He also won the III. International Jan Koetsier Brass Quintet Competition in 2003 as the first prize winner. He received a special prize at the International Horn Competition 2004 in Telfs (Austria). Furthermore he received the 1st prize of the III. International Brass Quintet Competition in Jeju (South Korea). In 2004 Dániel Ember received the 2nd prize at the Passau International Brass Chamber Music Competition and in 2010 the 2nd prize at the ARD Munich International Music Competition. At the 2011 International Soloist Competition in Birkfeld (Austria) Dániel Ember was the third prize winner.

2012 - Tuba

1st Prize winner

Vikentios Gionanidis (Greece)

Vikentios Gionanidis (Griechenland)

Vikentios Gionanidis was born on November 12, 1988 in Corfu (Greece). From 1998 to 2004 he studied music (theory, percussion, baritone and tuba) with the wind orchestra "Mantzaros" and from 2004 to 2007 harmony with Prof. Anastasios Kasianis (diploma) and tuba with Georgios Rarakos at the Corfu Conservatory in Greece. Besides his studies, Vikentios Gionanidis has played several solo concerts with the wind orchestra "Mantzaros". He has performed as a soloist with the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen and with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. In the season of 2011/2012 he will play solo concerts with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and with the Göttinger Symphonikers. In September 2010 he was 1st prize winner of the International Aeolus Wind Competition in Düsseldorf. He also won the Audience Award and the Special Award for the best interpretation of contemporary music. In May 2011, Vikentios Gionanidis won the 2nd prize at the University Competition in Lübeck. The tubist attended master classes with Hendrik Jan Renes, Walter Hilgers and Jens Bjørn-Larsen. Since September 2010 he has been an intern with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra. Since October 2007, Vikentios Gionanidis has been studying tuba at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media with Prof. Jens Bjørn-Larsen.

3rd Prize winner

Simon Wildman (USA)

Simon Wildman (USA)

Simon Wildman was born on July 18, 1986 in Morgantown/West Virginia (USA). He is currently studying at the University of Georgia (Doctor of Musical Arts). He already holds a Master of Education from Ohio University. He also already completed a year of study Master's in tuba performance at Penn State University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Tuba Performance from the same university. He has primarily taken lessons from David McCollum, Velvet Brown, Jason Smith, and David Zerkel. Recently, Simon was a semi-finalist in the U.S. Marine Band audition. He won both the UGA and OU Concerto competitions, playing Bozza's Concertino and Vaughan Williams's Concerto for Bass Tuba. In 2009, Simon Wildman won an audition with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a finalist and semi-finalist in auditions with the Youngstown and New Jersey Symphony orchestras.

3rd Prize winner

Rubén Durá De Lamo (Spain)

Rubén Durá De Lamo (Spanien)

Rubén Durá de Lamo was born in Spain in 1986. He received his first tuba lessons at the age of 14 with Jesus Ma Jara Torres at the music school "C.P.M. Ruperto Chapi" in Elda and "C-P.M. Ciutat d'Elx", both in Alicante (Spain). In 2007 he moved to Germany, where he has since been studying with Prof. Bjørn-Larsen at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. Further musical inspiration has come from Pablo Fernandez, Mel Culbertson, Roger Bobo, John Stevens, Stephane Laberye, Rex Martin and Arnoud Boukhitine, among others. As a soloist, Rubén Durá de Lamo won 1st prize at the 2011 Lübeck University Competition. He also won 1st prize in the brass ensemble section of the Felix Mendelssohn-Batholdy Competition in Berlin 2011 with the ensemble "Schwerpunkt". He has played with various ensembles and orchestras, such as European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, Stockholm Brassband, Badische Saatskapelle Karlsruhe, Bremer Kammerorchster, among others. Rubén Durá de Lamo is an intern with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of Tubatet Hannover.

2011 - Violin

1st Prize winner

Irène Duval (France)

Irène Duval (Frankreich)

Only 18 years old, student Irène Duval from France enjoyed her musical education at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris with her teachers Roland Daugareil, Suzanne Gessner and Serge Pataud. She won 1st prize at the Concours International de Violon in Avignon in 2009, and 2nd prize at the International Violin Competition in Mirecourt in 2010.

2nd Prize winner

Jacob Encke (Germany)

Jacob Encke (Deutschland)

Jakob Encke was born in Hannover in 1994, making him the youngest participant in the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition this year. He began violin lessons with Peter Wiegand at the age of 4. Since October 2005 he has been studying with Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. The young student completed an early study program of the IFF (Institut für Frühförderung musikalisch Hochbegabter) from 2004 - 2005 and graduated with the grade "Very Good". 2001-2005 he participated several times in "Jugend Musiziert" and won exclusively first prizes. In 2006-2010 he received four times the 1st Federal Prize of the German Music Life Foundation and in 2007 the Promotion Prize of the German Music Life Foundation and the Litfin Promotion Prize of the "Jugend musiziert" Foundation. In 2009 he won the Bruno Frey Prize of the Baden-Württemberg State Academy for Musical Education and the GVL Special Prize "Jugend Musiziert". He celebrated his debut with orchestra (Wieniawski D minor) in December 2007 in Hannover. In 2010 he was awarded 3 prizes as the second youngest participant at the TONALI10 Grand Prix in Hamburg. He currently plays a violin by Nicola Gagliano (Naples 1755).

3rd Prize winner

Da Min Kim (South korea)

Da Min Kim (Südkorea)

The South Korean Da Min Kim was born in Seoul in 1990. He received his musical education at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique) with M. Roland Daugareil. He won the 3rd prize at the International Competition in Canetti, as well as the 3rd prize at the International Competition in Avignon.

2011 - Doublebass

1st Prize winner

Jakub Fortuna (Poland)

Jakub Fortuna (Polen)

Jakub Fortuna was born in Poland in 1987. He is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg with Prof. Dorin Marc. He has already gained competition experience as a semi-finalist at the ARD Music Competition and as a 3rd prize winner at the VI International Sperger Competition. Since this year he is a member of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

3rd Prize winner

Wies de Boevé (Belgium)

Wies de Boevé (Belgien)

Wies de Boevé was born in Belgium in 1987. He received his musical education at the Herbert von Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philhamonics (with Prof. Janne Saksala), at the Specialised Master Soloist Hochschule für Musik Luzern (with Prof. Bozo Paradzik), at the Zurich University of the Arts (with Prof. Duncan Mc Tier, Prof. Roel Dieltiens, Prof. Harald Friedrich and Prof. David Sinclair). He completed his bachelor's degree at the Koninlijk Vlaams Conseratorium Antwerp. Wies de Boevé has already won several national and international prizes, including 1st prize International Solo Competition Bass 2010, 1st prize International Competition Glasgow, Scottish Basses; 2nd prize International Competition Bass 2008. Wies de Boevá currently lives in Berlin.

3rd Prize winner

Minjea Soung (South Korea)

Minjea Soung (Südkorea)

Minjea Soung was born in South Korea in 1990 and initially received his musical training at the Kore National University of Arts in Seoul. He is currently studying in Munich. Minjea Soung won among others a 1st prize at the Sergey Koussevitzky Double Bass Competition in Russia and a 1st prize at the Johann Matthias Sperger Competition.

2010 - Oboe

2nd Prize winner

Cristina Gomaz Godoy (Spain)

Cristina Gomez Godoy (Spanien)

Cristina Gomez Godoy was born on 13.5.1990 in Linares, Spain. She studied at the conservatories in Jaen and Seville and then continued her education with Prof. Gregor Witt, first in Seville and then in Rostock. Cristina Gómez Godoy gained orchestral experience as solo oboist of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales and in various Spanish orchestras. In chamber music she has worked with Daniel Barenboim at the Mohzarteum, Salzburg and the Staatsoper Berlin, among others. In 2005 Cristina Gómez Godoy received the 3rd prize at the International Music Competition VIII Certam Internacional "Pedro Bote", Badajoz, Spain. She is currently a member of the West-Easter Divan Orchestra.

2nd Prize winner

Ivan Podyomov (Russia)

Ivan Podyomov (Russland)

Ivan Podyomov was born on 29.4.1986 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. He is the second prize winner of the International ARD Music Competition in Munich and the winner of the International Music Competition of the Prague Spring Festival. He was also awarded the special prizes of Pro Harmonia Mundi and Bohuslav Martinu Foundations. He began his musical education at the renowned Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, studying recorder with Ivan Pushetchnikov, with whom he also studied oboe from 1996 until his graduation in 2003. Since 2006 Ivan Podyomov has been studying at the Geneva Conservatory with Maurice Bourgue. In 1998 he was the youngest laureate at the competition Concertino Praga. In 2005 he won the first prize at the International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in St. Petersburg. He has performed with various orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum Basel, the Chamber Academy Potsdam, the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hof Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, Ivan Podyomov has performed at renowned venues throughout Europe such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater in Munich, and the Rudolfinum in Prague. He performs at numerous music festivals such as Prague Spring, Brandenburg Summer Concerts, ARD Chamber Music Festival, Nymphenburg Summer Music Festival and for recordings of radio stations in Germany, Czech Republic and Russia. Ivan Podyomov is also regularly invited as first guest oboist by orchestras such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Future appearances include his debut for Deutschlandradio Kultur with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie, a solo recital at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, a concert with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic at the Prague Spring Festival, and various concerts in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Russia.

3rd Prize winner

Thomas Hecker (Germany)

Thomas Hecker (Deutschland)

Thomas Hecker was born on 22.06.1985. Thomas Hecker received his first oboe lessons with Almut Rönnecke at the "Robert Schumann Conservatory" Zwickau, then changed to Christoph Gerbeth in Dresden, before he started his studies with Klaus Becker at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover" in 2004. He won several first prizes at the national competition "Jugend musiziert". In addition, Thomas Hecker is a scholarship holder of the "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben" (German Foundation for Musical Life) and is included in the 53rd national selection "Concerts of Young Artists". As a prize winner of the "German Music Competition" in the category oboe he performed with the "Beethoven Orchestra" Bonn and the "Rheinische Staatsphilharmonie" Koblenz. Thomas Hecker gained orchestral experience in the "NDR-Radiophilharmonie" Hannover and as a trainee in the "Gürzenich-Orchester" Cologne, among others. In 2009 he received a temporary contract as solo oboist in the "Gewandhausorchester zu Leipzig". From August 2009 he also plays as solo oboist in the "Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester" Berlin.

2010 - Trombone

1st Prize winner

Karol Jan Gajda (Poland)

Karol Jan Gajda (Polen)

Karol Jan Gajda was born on December 29, 1991. He began his education in 1998, first with the clarinet. In 2002 he switched to the trombone and continued his education in Katowice and Bielsko-Biala. He won first prizes at the International Competition in Brno in 2009 and 2007 and in Czerniowce (Ukraine) in 2006.

2nd Prize winner

Angelos Kritikos (Greece)

Angelos Kritikos (Griechenland)

Born and raised in Corfu, Greece in 1987, Angelos Kritikos met his current teacher, Prof. Jonas Bylund, at the age of 15. Soon it was clear to him that he would prefer to study trombone in Germany and so in 2006 he came to the HMT in Hannover to begin his music studies. In September 2008 Angelos Kritikos won the 1st prize at the international Aeolus competition for wind instruments in Düsseldorf. In May 2009 the young Greek won two more important prizes: the 3rd prize at the Kurt Alten Competition in Hannover and the 1st prize at the Brass Competition in Dazig. With his ensemble "Hannover Trombone Unit" he won a scholarship of the German Music Council at the German Music Competition in Bonn. Since the season 2009/10 Angelos Kritikos is solo trombonist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

3rd Prize winner

Lukaš Mot’ka (Czech Republic)

Lukaš Mot’ka (Tschechische Republik)

Lukaš Mot'ka was born on 1.11.1983 in šternberk. He received his education at the Conservatory in Kromeriz, at the Janacek Academy in Brno with Robert Kozánek (winner of the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen), at the Academy of Music in Prague and at the Conservatory in Vienna. He was a prize-winner at the Prague Spring Competition in 2004 and at the Aeolus Wind Competition in 2008. As a soloist he performed with the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006. Currently he works as a 1st trombonist at the National Theater Brno.

2009 - Cello

1st Prize winner

Tomasz Daroch (Poland)

Tomasz Daroch (Polen)

Tomasz Daroch was born in 1989 in Lodz/Poland and received his first cello lessons at the age of 7. From 2002-2005 he attended the State Henryk Wieniawski Music High School in Lodz and since 2005 has been studying at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim with Prof. Michael Flaksman. From 2005-2007 he also completed additional studies in "Chamber Music for Ensembles" at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim with Prof. Michael Hauber and Prof. Michael Flaksman, where he graduated with a diploma and distinction. In 2005 Tomasz Daroch won the 1st prize at the "International Music Competition of Youth in Oldenburg" and at the International Aleksander Tansman Competition in Lodz. Three years earlier he won the 1st prize at the 4th International Antonio Janigro Violoncello Competition in Croatia. In the last 6 years he gave several recitals and many concerts at festivals in Poland, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands and the USA and performed with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, among others. Tomasz Daroch is also active in chamber music in the family piano trio "Daroch-Trio".

2nd Prize winner

Victor Julien-Laferrière (France)

Victor Julien-Laferrière (Frankreich)

Victor Julien-Laferrière was born in Paris in 1990 and received his first cello lessons at the age of 7. At the age of 13, he was already accepted at the Paris Conservatory, where he graduated with honors in 2008. He has been a member of Seiji Osawa's International Music Academy Switzerland since 2005 and has been studying at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Jens Peter Maintz since 2008. He has performed with Vladimir Mendelssohn and Augustin Dumay, among others, and was a member of the Dissonances Ensemles.

3rd Prize winner

Arne-Christian Pelz (Germany)

Arne-Christian Pelz (Deutschland)

Arne-Christian Pelz was born in Rostock in 1986 and began learning the cello at the Rostock Conservatory at the age of 5. At the age of 15 he was accepted as a junior student at the Rostock University of Music and Drama and subsequently studied in Houston(Texas). He is currently studying at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Prof. Josef Schwab. Arne-Christian Pelz has already won several prizes at international competitions such as 1st prize at the "HSPVA Concerto Competition" in Houston in 2003, 1st prize at the "5th Concerto Competition of the Virtuosi of Houston" in 2004, he was a finalist at the "Johannes Brahms Competition" in Austria in 2007, a prize winner at the International Music Competition "Pacem in Terris" Bayreuth in 2006 and he received the special prize for the youngest finalist at the 16th International "Johann Sebastian Bach Competition" in Leipzig. He has given recitals and concerts in Germany and the USA and performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Plauen-Zwickau Theater, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig.

2009 - Guitar

1st Prize winner

Otto Tolonen (Finland)

Otto Tolonen (Finnland)

Otto Tolonen was born in Finland in 1980 and began his musical education at the age of 5 playing the piano. His further musical education took place at the Sibelius Academy with Timo Korhonen and Jukka Savijoki where he graduated with the highest score. From 2001-2002 Otto Tolonen studied in Weimar with Thomas Müller-Pering, participated in summer courses with Oscar Ghiglia at the "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" in Siena and received an honorary diploma there in 3 consecutive years. Since 1995 he has won prizes in 19 international competitions including Rome, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bratislava and Berlin. In 2008 he won 1st prize at the Andres Segovia Competition in Herradura, Spain and 3rd prize at the Tokyo International Competition. Otto Tolonen has performed as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, and the Polish AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, and has toured North America, South America, and Europe. He has given master classes in Germany, Italy, the USA and Brazil and teaches at Espoo Music Institute and Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu School in Finland.

2nd Prize winner

Rafael Aguirre (Spain)

Rafael Aguirre (Spanien)

Rafael Aguirre was born in Malaga (Spain) in 1984. He studied at the Malaga Conservatory and at the "Robert Schumann" Hochschule in Düsseldorf with Prof. Joaquin Clerch, where he graduated with distinction. Rafael Aguirre made his orchestral debut at the age of 16 and has since played with many renowned orchestras such as the Syrian National Orchestra, the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia. He has won prizes at the Tarrega, Arcas and Guerrero competitions, among others, and has performed in Germany, Austria, Italy, Morocco, Syria, USA, Portugal, Spain and the Azores, as well as at the International Music Festival in Granada. Rafael Aguirre now lives in Düsseldorf.

3rd Prize winner

Matthias Müller (Germany)

Matthias Müller (Deutschland)

Matthias Müller was born in Solingen in 1985 and received his first guitar lessons at the age of 6. From 2001 to 2004 he took lessons with Prof. Hubert Käppel at the Guitar Academy Koblenz. Currently Matthias Müller is studying at the Music Conservatory in Maastrich (NL) with Prof. Carlo Marcchione. Matthias Müller has won several prizes at competitions, including first prize at the national competition "Jugend musiziert" in 2000 and 2003, first prize at the international competition "Hubert Käppel" in 2004 and third prize at the international competition "Forum Gitarre Wien" in 2004. Solo performances have taken him all over Germany so far. In addition, Matthias Müller has gained chamber music experience in various formations such as guitar duo, guitar and flute, guitar and violin or viola and guitar ensemble.

2008 - Horn

1st Prize winner

Julius Pranevičius (Lithuania)

Julius Pranevičius (Litauen)

2nd Prize winner

Paolo Mendes (Germany)

Paolo Mendes (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Zoltán Mácsai (Hungary)

Zoltán Mácsai (Ungarn)

2008 - Tuba

1st Prize winner

Benjamin Pierce (USA)

Benjamin Pierce (USA)

2nd Prize winner

Kazuhiko Sato (Japan)

Kazuhiko Sato (Japan)

3rd Prize winner

Thomas Leleu (France)

Thomas Leleu (Frankreich)

2007 - Violin

1st Prize winner

Sarah Kapustin (USA)

Sarah Kapustin (USA)

2nd Prize winner

Carolina Kurkowski Perez (Poland/Colombia)

Carolina Kurkowski Perez (Polen/Kolumbien)

2nd Prize winner

Sun-Mi Chang (South korea)

Sun-Mi Chang (Südkorea)

2007 - Viola

1st Prize winner

Barbara Buntrock (Germany)

Barbara Buntrock (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Julie Risbet (France)

Julie Risbet (Frankreich)

3rd Prize winner

Chaim T. Steller (Netherlands)

Chaim T. Steller (Niederlande)

2006 - Clarinet

2. Prize winner

Sebastian Manz (Germany)

Sebastian Manz (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Shirley Brill (Israel)

Shirley Brill (Israel)

3rd Prize winner

Irvin Venyš (Czech republic)

Irvin Venyš (Tschechische Republik)

2006 - Bassoon

2nd Prize winner

Philipp Zeller (Germany)

Philipp Zeller (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Václav Vonášek (Czech republic)

Václav Vonášek (Tschechische Republik)

4th place

Rodion Tolmachev (Russia)

Rodion Tolmachev (Russland)

2005 - Cello

1st Prize winner

Péter Somodari (Hungary)

Péter Somodari (Ungarn)

2nd Prize winner

Suh Young Moon (South korea)

Suh Young Moon (Südkorea)

3rd Prize winner

Marcin Zdunik (Poland)

Marcin Zdunik (Polen)

2005 - Double bass

1st Prize winner

Benedikt Hübner (Germany)

Benedikt Hübner (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Dominik Greger (Germany)

Dominik Greger (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Gabriel Vacariu (Romania)

Gabriel Vacariu (Rumänien)

2004 - Horn

1st Prize winner

Robert Langbein (Germany)

Robert Langbein (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Raimund Zell (Germany)

Raimund Zell (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Karel Hofmann (Czech republic)

Karel Hofmann (Tschechische Republik)

2004 - Tuba

1st Prize winner

Carolyn Jantsch (USA)

Carolyn Jantsch (USA)

2nd Prize winner

Jesper Boile Nielsen (Denmark)

Jesper Boile Nielsen (Dänemark)

3rd Prize winner

Roland Szentpali (Hungary)

Roland Szentpali (Ungarn)

2003 - Violin

2nd Prize winner

Maxim Brilinsky (Ukraine)

Maxim Brilinsky (Ukraine)

3rd Prize winner

Sareika Vineta (Latvia)

Sareika Vineta (Lettland)

4th place

David Schultheiß (Germany)

David Schultheiß (Germany)

2003 - Guitar

1st Prize winner

Marcin Dylla (Poland)

Marcin Dylla (Polen )

2nd Prize winner

Juuso Nieminen (Finland)

Juuso Nieminen (Finnland)

3rd Prize winner

Ramon Carnota Mendez (Spain)

Ramon Carnota Mendez (Spanien)

2002 - Trombone

1st Prize winner

Alexander Gorbunov (Russia)

Alexander Gorbunov (Russland)

2nd Prize winner

Robert Kozánek (Czech Republic)

Robert Kozánek (Tschechische Republik)

3rd Prize winner

Robert Lugosi (Hungary)

Robert Lugosi (Ungarn)

2002 - Flute

1st Prize winner

Sarah Rumer (Switzerland)

Sarah Rumer (Schweiz)

2nd Prize winner

Dóra Ombódi (Hungary)

Dóra Ombódi (Ungarn)

2nd Prize winner

Dóra Seres (Hungary)

Dóra Seres (Ungarn)

2001 - Viola

3rd Prize winner

Benjamin Rivinius (Germany)

Benjamin Rivinius (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Arie Schächter (Israel)

Arie Schächter (Israel)

2001 - Cello

1st Prize winner

Stefan Heinemeyer (Germany)

Stefan Heinemeyer (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Andreas Timm (Germany)

Andreas Timm (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Grigori Alumyan (Russia)

Grigori Alumyan (Russland)

2000 - Horn

2nd Prize winner

Szabolcs Zempléni (Hungary)

Szabolcs Zempléni (Ungarn)

3rd Prize winner

Dimitry Babanov (Russia)

Dimitry Babanov (Russland)

3rd Prize winner

Dariusz Mikulski (Poland)

Dariusz Mikulski (Polen)

2000 - Tuba

1st Prize winner

Markus Hötzel (Germany)

Markus Hötzel (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Roland Szentpáli (Hungary)

Roland Szentpáli (Ungarn)

3rd Prize winner

Alessandro Fossi (Italy)

Alessandro Fossi (Italien)

1999 - Violin

1st Prize winner

Susanna Henkel (Germany)

Susanna Henkel (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Ewa Pyrek (Poland)

Ewa Pyrek (Polen)

3rd Prize winner

Jaroslaw Nadrzycki (Poland)

Jaroslaw Nadrzycki (Polen)

1999 - Double bass

1st Prize winner

Petru Iuga (Romania)

Petru Iuga (Rumänien)

2nd Prize winner

Ioan-Cristian Braica (Romania)

Ioan-Cristian Braica (Rumänien)

3rd Prize winner

Jan Kotula (Poland)

Jan Kotula (Polen)

1998 - Flute

1st Prize winner

Gaspar Hoyos (Colombia)

Gaspar Hoyos (Kolumbien)

2nd Prize winner

Henrik Wiese (Germany)

Henrik Wiese (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Christina Fassbender (Germany)

Christina Fassbender (Deutschland)

1998 - Trumpet

1st Prize winner

David Guerrier (France)

David Guerrier (Frankreich)

2nd Prize winner

Jeroen Berwaerts (Belgium)

Jeroen Berwaerts (Belgien)

3rd Prize winner

Tora Thorslund (Sweden)

Tora Thorslund (Schweden)

1997 - Cello

2nd Prize winner

Tobias Stosiek (Germany)

Tobias Stosiek (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Gabriel Răzvan Suma (Romania)

Gabriel Răzvan Suma (Rumänien)

3rd Prize winner

Denis Krotov (Russia)

Denis Krotov (Russland)

1997 - Guitar

1st Prize winner

Ricardo Gallen (Spain)

Ricardo Gallen (Spanien)

2nd Prize winner

Zoran Dukić (Croatia)

Zoran Dukić (Kroatien)

3rd Prize winner

Denis Azabagič (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Denis Azabgic (Bosnien-Herzegowina)

1996 - Horn

2nd Prize winner

Tomás Gallart (Spain)

Tomás Gallart (Spanien)

3rd Prize winner

Alessio Allegrini (Italy)

Alessio Allegrini (Italien)

3rd Prize winner

László Seeman (Hungary)

László Seeman (Ungarn)

1996 - Tuba

1st Prize winner

Stéphane Labeyrie (France)

Stéphane Labeyrie (Frankreich)

2nd Prize winner

Arnaud Boukhitine (France)

Arnaud Boukhitine (Frankreich)

3rd Prize winner

Markus Hötzel (Germany)

Markus Hötzel (Deutschland)

1995 - Violin

1st Prize winner

Linda Wang (USA)

Linda Wang (USA)

2nd Prize winner

Annette von Hehn (Germany)

Annette von Hehn (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Naho Uemura (Japan)

Naho Uemura (Japan)

1995 - Viola

1st Prize winner

Naoko Shimizu (Japan)

Naoko Shimizu (Japan)

2nd Prize winner

Tatjana Masurenko (Russia)

Tatjana Masurenko (Russland)

3rd Prize winner

Alexandre Chelkovnikov (Russia)

Alexandre Chelkovnikov (Russland)

1994 - Clarinet

2nd Prize winner

Jean-Philippe Vivier (France)

Jean-Philippe Vivier (Frankreich)

2nd Prize winner

Günther Forstmaier (Germany)

Günther Forstmaier (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Jochen Schwarzmann (Germany)

Jochen Schwarzmann (Deutschland)

1994 - Horn

1st Prize winner

Radek Baborák (Czech republic)

Radek Baborák (Tschechische Republik)

3rd Prize winner

Marc Chamot (France)

Marc Chamot (Frankreich)

3rd Prize winner

Bernd Künkele (Germany)

Bernd Künkele (Deutschland)

1993 - Cello

2nd Prize winner

Tatjana Vasiljewa (Russia)

Tatjana Vasiljewa (Russland)

2nd Prize winner

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (Germany)

Wolfgang Schmidt (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Bertrand Raynaud (France)

Bertrand Raynaud (Frankreich)

1993 - Doublebass

1st Prize winner

Ilka Emmert (Germany)

Ilka Emmert (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Jean-Edmond Bacquet (France)

Jean-Edmond Bacquet (Frankreich)

3rd Prize winner

Georg Straka (Austria)

Georg Straka (Österreich)

1992 - Oboe

1st Prize winner

Brigitte Horlitz (Germany)

Brigitte Horlitz (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Silvia Zabarella (Switzerland)

Silvia Zabarella (Schweiz)

3rd Prize winner

Anne Marckardt (Germany)

Anne Marckardt (Deutschland)

1992 - Tuba

1st Prize winner

Jörg Wachsmuth (Germany)

Jörg Wachsmuth (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Lennart Nord (Sweden)

Lennart Nord (Schweden)

3rd Prize winner

József Bazsinka (Hungary)

József Bazsinka (Ungarn)

1991 - Horn

1st Prize winner

Markus Frank (Germany)

Markus Frank (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Markus Juhan Maskuniitty (Finland)

Markus Juhan Maskuniitty (Finnland)

3rd Prize winner

Stefan Dohr (Germany)

Stefan Dohr (Deutschland)

1990 - Bassoon

2nd Prize winner

Axel Andrae (GDR)

Axel Andrae (DDR)

2nd Prize winner

Beat Briner (Switzerland)

Beat Briner (Schweiz)

3rd Prize winner

Alexei Tkachuk (USSR)

Alexei Tkachuk (UdSSR)

1990 -Flute

1st Prize winner

Antje Schurrock (GDR)

Antje Schurrock (DDR)

2nd Prize winner

Anna Garzuly (Hungary)

Anna Garzuly (Ungarn)

3rd Prize winner

Christian Sprenger (GDR)

Christian Sprenger (DDR)

1990 - Trumpet

1st Prize winner

Matthias Höfs (FRG)

Matthias Höfs (BRD)

2nd Prize winner

Martin Winter (Great Britain)

Martin Winter (Großbritannien)

1989 - Viola

3rd Prize winner

Thomas Selditz (Germany)

Thomas Selditz (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Ivo Bauer (Germany)

Ivo Bauer (Deutschland)

1989 - Kontrabass

1st Prize winner

Burguslav Furtok (Poland)

Burguslav Furtok (Polen)

2nd Prize winner

Andreas Wylezol (Germany)

Andreas Wylezol (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Christine Hook (Germany)

Christine Hook (Spain)

1989 - Guitar

2nd Prize winner

Gerardo Pérez Capdevila (Cuba)

Gerardo Pérez Capdevila (Kuba)

2nd Prize winner

Gerald Handrick (Germany)

Gerald Handrick (Deutschland)

1988 - Clarinet

1st Prize winner

Wolfram Große (Germany)

Wolfram Große (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Birgit Götz (Germany)

Birgit Götz (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Dušan Mihely (Czech Republic)

Dušan Mihely (Tschechische Republik)

1988 - Horn

2nd Prize winner

Christian Lampert (Germany)

Christian Lampert (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Geoffrey Winter (USA)

Geoffrey Winter (USA)

3rd Prize winner

Torsten Gottschalk (GDR)

Torsten Gottschalk (Spanien)

1988 - Tuba

2nd Prize winner

Jörg Wachsmut (Germany)

Jörg Wachsmut (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Rainer Huß (Germany)

Rainer Huß (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Dorothee Kretschmann (Germany)

Dorothee Kretschmann (Deutschland)

1987 - Violin

2nd Prize winner

Hiroko Suzuki (Japan)

Hiroko Suzuki (Japan)

2nd Prize winner

Katrin Scholz (Germany)

Katrin Scholz (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Elena Denisova (Russia)

Elena Denisova (Russland)

1987 - Cello

1st Prize winner

Johanna Picker (Austria)

Johanna Picker (Österreich)

2nd Prize winner

Natalija Homa (Russia)

Natalija Homa (Russland)

3rd Prize winner

Alexei Massarski (Russia)

Alexei Massarski (Russland)

1986 - Trumpet

2nd Prize winner

Gabriele Cassone (Italy)

Gabriele Cassone (Italien)

2nd Prize winner

Gerd Fischer (Germany)

Gerd Fischer (Deutschland)

1986 - Horn

1st Prize winner

Miklós Nagy (Hungary)

Miklós Nagy (Ungarn)

2nd Prize winner

Jens Köhli (Germany)

Jens Köhli (Deutschland)

2nd Prize winner

Andreas Langosch (Germany)

Andreas Langosch (Deutschland)

1986 - Trombone

2nd Prize winner

Michael Mulcay (Australia)

Michael Mulcay (Australien)

3rd Prize winner

Andrea Bandini (Italy)

Andrea Bandini (Italien)

3rd Prize winner

Michal Jaško (Czech republic)

Michal Jaško (Tschechische Republik)

1985 - Viola

2nd Prize winner

Hideko Kobayashi (Japan)

Hideko Kobayashi (Japan)

3rd Prize winner

Stefan Fehlandt (Germany)

Stefan Fehlandt (Deutschland)

3rd Prize winner

Pierre Lénert (Germany)

Pierre Lénert (Deutschland)

1985 - Double bass

1st Prize winner

Ovidiu Bădilă (Romania)

Ovidiu Bădilă (Rumänien)

2nd Prize winner

Frithjof-Martin Grabner (GDR)

Frithjof-Martin Grabner (DDR)

3rd Prize winner

Veit-Peter Schüßler (FRG)

Veit-Peter Schüßler (BRD)

1985 - Guitar

2nd Prize winner

Jozsef Eötvös (Hungary)

Jozsef Eötvös (Ungarn)

3rd Prize winner

Thomas Günther (GDR)

Thomas Günther (DDR)

1984 - Klarinette, Horn & Tuba

1983 - Violine, Violoncello & Kontrabass

1982 - Flöte, Oboe & Horn

1981 - Viola, Kontrabass & Gitarre

1980 - Klarinette, Horn & Tuba

1979 - Violine, Violoncello & Kontrabass

1978 - Flöte, Fagott & Horn

1977 - Violine, Viola & Kontrabass

1976 - Oboe, Klarinette, Horn & Posaune

1975 - Violine, Violoncello, Kontrabass & Gitarre

1974 - Oboe, Klarinette & Horn

1973 - Violine & Violoncello

1972 - Flöte, Fagott & Horn

1971 - Violine

1970 - Trompete & Horn

1969 - Violine