On Sunday, 8 May 2022, the first selection examination of this year's International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen ended in the subjects horn and tuba. Of the total of 90 young musicians who travelled to Markneukirchen, 37 passed the first hurdle and were able to qualify for the second round of the competition during the last three days. On Monday and Tuesday, 19 participants in the horn section and 18 in the tuba section will once again demonstrate their skills before the international juries.
In a programme of up to 35 minutes, the horn participants can choose from several compulsory pieces, including baroque concertos by Telemann, Quantz and Förster, contemporary works by Esa Pekka Salonen, Klement Slavicky, Daniel Schnyder and Jörg Widmann as well as romantic works by Saint-Saëns and Glasunov. In the tuba section, the participants in the second round will perform a compulsory piece by Telmo Marques as well as works by Vaughan Williams, Hindemith or Bozza and contemporary female composers.
The competition is open to the public and will begin in the horn subject on Monday at 9.35 a.m. in the Markneukirchen Music Hall, and in the tuba subject at 10.15 a.m. in Bad Elster. The second round will continue in both subjects on Tuesday. This will be followed by the announcement of the results for tuba 6.00 pm in the Kurhaus and for horn at 4.30 pm in the Musikhalle.
The candidates who successfully passed the first selection examination come from 16 different countries, including eight each from Germany and Japan, three from Italy, two each from China, Great Britain, Latvia and Venezuela as well as one participant each from Brazil, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Colombia, Luxembourg, South Korea, Norway and Hungary.