3rd Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition 2021

Dear contestants, dear cello friends and colleagues, 

 Thank you all for participating in the Gustav Mahler cello competition. When I saw the number of contestants, I got a little scared. But what a privilige and what an adventure it was to listen to you all. I must say, many times I was moved to tears. Often when seeing those smallest ones of you already playing your instruments on such a high level, with such an impressive focus and clear musical intention. Your charm, your sincerity of expression, your determination and all the hard work behind your impressive results reached me through my computer screen. I could feel you and your different beautiful energies. Thank you for that. Especially these times, when we all face global challenges and a very uncertain future, to see the light and promise that you bring to this world was simply´priceless. 
Thank you for dedicating your talents, your time and discipline to music. You could surely be succesful in many other fields. It is not an easy world you are entering, when choosing music. It is a way of life, different than most, with great demands and sometimes very hard. You might be facing a lot of pressure, a lot of seeming failures on the way. And there is no end to it, no one special day, when you have 'made it'. It is a constant journey of exploring, experimenting, reflecting and perfecting oneself. Seeking the purest inner ideal and the best outer possibilities to express it with sound. The more honest you will be with yourself, the more painful it might feel from times to times.
Yet with music, with your cello you will never be alone. In hard times you can cry your heart out and your pain gets miraculously transformed to sheer beauty. In the happy times you sing the joy of your heart out. And in both cases, you bring beauty to this world and share it with others. Is there anything more beautiful than sharing love and beauty? :)
Music is nothing less than magic and I am sure you already know and feel it. It is the finest form of communication possible for us humans, connecting and uniting us beyond any words. I could feel that connection with you while listening. So many beautiful stories I have heard. I wish I could have given at least 100 prizes. And though I see the great benefits and importance of competitions, at the same time I find it hard to compare and choose only few. You are all winners as soon as you enter the stage.
There is one more direction I want to send my gratitude to. Namely your cello teachers. What an absolutely great job they are doing, passing their experience to you in such an effective way. I am sincerely impressed. Say hello to them please and big warm hug. We are all one cello family and it was a pleasure to feel it when listening to you.
I wish you the best of luck possible in your future and congratulate the prize-winners as well as all the participants for the touching, impressive performances you shared with us. I look forward to following hopefully many of you in your future musical journeys. 
Michaela Fukačová

Absolute winners of Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition:

2021 - maybe YOU!

2020 - Yeeun Kang / South Korea

2019 - Bence Temesvári / Hungary


Dear cellists, 
we just announced the results of the Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition 2021. I would like to congratulate to all of you on my own behalf, on behalf of the entire jury and the Mahler Institute team. It was a pleasure for us to listen your playing. We are very happy, that even youngest cellists are at a very high level. The upcoming generation sounds very promising to keep up the high level of the Cello playing. I hope all of you can benefit from this experience in the competition no matter how you are placed. 
We appreciate your participation at the Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition 2021!
Thank you!
Petr Nouzovský
Jury President

Results of the 3rd Gustav Mahler Prize 
Cello Competition 2021

Grand Prize:

Gustav Mahler Prize 2021 with Financial Prize 30,000 CZK and the absolute winner
Simon David Eberle / Germany
video1 / video2 / video3

Special Prizes:

Prize of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava - awarded by the G. Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava and presents the possibility of a concert performance (orchestral or chamber concert) in future years
Thomas Prchal / Netherland / video

Prize of Chief Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava (Diploma)
Tae-Yeon Kim / South Korea / video1 / video2
Felix Brunnenkant / Germany / video
Sam Lucas / Australia / video

Prize of Jury President (Diploma)
Haoyu Gu / China / video
Ji Eon Lee / South Korea / video
Till Schuler / Germany / video

Prize of Director of Gustav Mahler Institute (Diploma)
Yuxin Wang / China / video
Dohyeon Ryu / South Korea / video
Tichon Evlanov / Russia / video1 / video2
Yiqi Chen / China / video

Prize for best Czech competitor (Diploma)
Adam Klánský / Czechia / video1 / video2

Prize Concert in Prague (Festival of Chamber Music Prague)
Roger Morelló Ros / Spain / video

Prize Invitation to the Masterclass in Litomyšl by Michal Kaňka
Lukáš Mareček / Czechia / video

Prize Invitation to the Masterclass in Třeboň by Petr Nouzovský
Fryderyk Midor / Poland / video1 / video2

On-line lessons by Michaela Fukačová
Fryderyk Midor / Poland / video1 / video2
Yiqi Chen / China / video
Hagu Ogiwara / UK / video

Prize Strings Larsen
Frederyk Midor / Poland / video1 / video2
Zhiyu Zhang / China/Austria / video1 / video2
Sam Lucas / Australia / video

Prize for Best Interpretation Concerto No 1 C Dur by Joseph Haydn
Haoyu Gu / China / video


Prizes (sorted in categories from the best):

Category 1

1st Prize and Category Winner

Haoyu Gu / China / video
repertoire: J. Haydn Cello Concerto No 1 C major Moderato (movement 1)
teacher: Jia Yu (China Central Conservatory of Music)

1st Prize

Yuxin Wang / China
repertoire: L. Boccherini: Cello Sonata No. 3 in G major, 1st and 2nd movements
teacher: Jia Yu (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School)

Rey Gergov / Japan/Bulgaria
repertoire: C. Saint-Saëns: Allegro appassionato
teacher: Vladimir Malinovski

Oliver Moh / UK
repertoire: C. Saint-Saëns: Allegro appassionato
teacher: Bozidar Vukotic (Royal Academy of Music)

Kanon Huang / Taiwan
repertoire: B. Romberg: Cello Sonate C-Dur Op.43 Nr.2 I. Allegro
teacher: Hsin-Kang Huang

Yeji Lee / South Korea
repertoire: C. Saint-Saëns: Allegro appassionato
teacher: Nayun Kim

2nd Prize

Veronika Murashkovskaia / Russia
repertoire: J. Klengel: Andante, Enskaya: The sunlight
teacher: Romanenkova M.A. (School of Art №8 Moscow)

Alfie Lo Pak Yui / Hong Kong, China
repertoire: Concerto No.5, 1st Movement (F. Seitz)
teacher: Chor Kai Hei

Lucas Liow Jun Kai / Singapore
repertoire: Georg Eduard Goltermann, Nocturne Op. 43 No.3
teacher: Natasha Liu

Zofia Klimaszewska /Poland
repertoire: A. Arutunian: Impromptu

Martin Bernášek / Chechia
repertoire: W. H. Squire - Humoreska; E. Grieg - Feuille D'album op. 12 č. 7
teacher: Kateřina Hroníková/klavírní spolupráce Radka Wichterlová, ZUŠ Jana Hanuše, Praha 6

Ioana Rebegel / Romania
repertoire: G. Goltermann - Cello Concerto No.4, Op.65

Zoia Dudenkova / Russia
repertoire: Jean-Baptiste Bréval, Sonata in C major
teacher: Marya Zhuravleva (The Central School of Music at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory)

Elzbieta Nirska / Poland
repertoire: C. Saint-Saëns: The Swan
teacher: Dorota Bojarczuk (The Karol Szymanowski Complex of Music Schools in Toruń, General Music School of the 1st degree)

Jiayi Huang / China
repertoire: Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV1007, Prelude
teacher: Minzhe Wu (private teacher)

Markéta Štenclová / Czechia
repertoire: Jean-Baptiste Bréval: 4.Concertino pro violoncello a klavír, 1. věta Allegro
teacher: Mgr. Judita Šprochová, Základní umělecká škola J.A.Komenského, Studénka

3rd Prize

Theodore Eperon / Suisse
repertoire: Vocalise, S.Rachmaninov
teacher: Ugo Reser (Neo Academie)

Veronika Vozárová / Czechia
repertoire: P. I. Čajkovskij: Neapolská píseň, op. 39, č.18 / K., D. Blackwell: Latin Nights - Tango
teacher: Dana Chodlová (Základní umělecká škola J. S. Bacha Dobřany)

Amelie See / Singapore
repertoire: Allegro Appassionato
teacher: Natasha Liu (Natasha Liu Cello Studio)

Maksymilian Król / Poland
repertoire: Elf Dance - K. Jenkinson, Happy Farmer - R. Schumann, Concert C dur - A. Vivaldi
teacher: Franciszek Pall

Gracie Hong / USA
repertoire: Oskar Rieding Concerto in A Minor op.35 3rd Movement
teacher: Ling Tian (Foothill Christian School)

Filip Balga / Czechia
repertoire: A. Nölck - Ring dance; B. Marcello - Sonáta G dur, IV. Allegro; A. Grečaninov - Soumrak, Figliar
teacher: Kateřina Hroníková/klavírní spolupráce Radka Wichterlová, ZUŠ Jana Hanuše, Praha 6

Carla Stefania Achim / Romania
repertoire: Concertino J.B.Breval
teacher: Ani-Marie Paladi

Ayman Bourar / France/USA
repertoire: Luise Adolpha LeBeau, Op. 24/2 Gavotte in A minor
teacher: Andrew Rammon (cello teacher) and Martin Labazevitch (piano teacher), also attends the DC Youth Orchestra Program in Washington, DC

Jakub Dolný / Slovakia
repertoire: Gregor Regeš: Chorál, Antonio Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in C major, RV 399, 1st movement, Allegro
teacher: Mgr. art. Magdaléna Milčiková, Základná umelecká škola Eugena Suchoňa v Pezinku

Sofie Caithamlová / Czechia
repertoire: W. A. Mozart - Menuett, KW 164 (130a)/4, A. Cofalik a R. Twardowski - ZOO, Lev
teacher: Milan Bělanský (Základní umělecká škola Marie Podvalové)

Honorable Mention

Ondřej Malík / Czechia
repertoire: W. A. Mozart: Allegretto, S. Suzuki: Go Tell Aunt Rhody a Song of the Wind
teacher: Radka Hájková, ZUŠ F. Pišingera, Trhové Sviny

Matěj Glac / Czechia
repertoire: A. Grečaninov - Figliar; L. van Beethoven - Contredans
teacher: Ilona Kučerová, ZUŠ P. J. Vejvanovského, Hlučín

Zdeňka Siváková / Czechia
repertoire: W. A. Mozart: Allegretto, S. Suzuki: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
teacher: Radka Hájková (ZUŠ Velešín)

Vanda Peterková / Czechia
repertoire: J. B. Lully - Aria; A. Cofalik, R. Twardowski - Pojďme do ZOO
teacher: Ilona Kučerová, ZUŠ P. J. Vejvanovského, Hlučín

Category 2

1st Prize and Category Winner

Yixin Li / China / video
repertoire: David Popper Polonaise de Concerto Op.14
teacher: Dahai Liu (The Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

1st Prize

Lyana Ulikhanyan / Armenia

Timothy Chua Jun Ming / Singapore
repertoire: Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, 1st Movement
teacher: Leslie Tan

2nd Prize

Dai Feiyue / China
repertoire: Alfredo Piatti Twelve Capricci for Violoncello Solo op.25 NO. 9 & J.S. BACH Six Suites for Violoncello solo Suite III SARABANDE
teacher: Professor Xie Guangyu (Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Music school)

Yige Tang / China
repertoire: Saint Saens: Cello Concerto in A minor, First Movement
teacher: Mingqing Yu,Central Conservatory of Music

Tianran Cheng / China
repertoire: F. Francoeur - Cello Sonata in E major, Mov.1,3,5
teacher: Private Teacher: Tao Ni, Tianyuan Foreign Language Primary School MH. SH.

Sayuri Šereš / Slovakia
repertoire: A. Vivaldi : Cello Concerto RV. 424 Mov. 1 , J. S. Bach/C.Gounod : Ave Maria
teacher: Dagmar Prokešová, ZUŠ Juliusa Kowalského Bratislava

Guo Xiyuan / China
repertoire: Cello Concerto in C Minor,lll. Allegro molto energico J.C.BACH
teacher: Yi Xiao (Nanhua Primary School)

3rd Prize

Agata Bondar / Poland
repertoire: J.S.Bach I Suite - Preludium, Henry Eccles Sonata in G minor I,II mov.
teacher: Joanna Kalaga PSM im. G.Bacewicz w Jaworznie

Tobiáš Balkovský / Czechia
repertoire: Saint-Saëns Camille: Allegro appassionato
teacher: Marek Novák, ZUŠ Řevnice

Honorable Mention

Maximilian Elliott Kwan / Singapore
repertoire: Saint-Saens concerto no. 1 in A minor Op. 33, 1st movement (Allegro non troppo)
teacher: Natasha Liu

Josefína Kubátová / Czechia
repertoire: Alessandro Scarlatti-Sonáta d moll, 1.v Largo, 2.v. Allegretto, Cleopatra Valentina Perepelita- Shepherd´s Song, K.&D. Blackwell: Latin nights
teacher: Ilona Průšová (ZUŠ V.Nováka, Jindřichův Hradec)

Category 3

1st Prize and Category Winner

Ji Eon Lee / South Korea / video
repertoire: Lalo Concerto in D minor 3mvt.
teacher: HyoungWon CHANG (Seoul Central Conservatory)

1st Prize

Dohyeon Ryu / South Korea
repertoire: P.I. Tchaikovsky - Pezzo Capriccioso op.62
teacher: Sojung Lee / Sevenoaks school in U.K.

Yihao Kuang / China
repertoire: Boccherini Sonata No. 6
teacher: Jia Yu (Central Conservatory of Music)

2nd Prize

Ștefan Iordachi / Romania
repertoire: Karl Davydov - At the Fountain, op.20, no.2; Aleksanr Glazunov - Chant du menestrel op.71
teacher: Ani Marie Paladi, "George Enescu" National College of Music

Li Runing / China
repertoire: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr:Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33(I,II,VI,VII)
teacher: Professor Zhu Mu (Primary School Affiliated to Central Conservatory of Music)

Qingyang Xie / China
repertoire: Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.33, I. Allegro non troppo
teacher: Meng Yang (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in Beijing)

Aurelia Faidley-Solars / USA
repertoire: Paganini: Variations on One String on a Theme by Rossini
teacher: Hans Jensen

Mari Hakobyan / Armenia
repertoire: A.Ayvazyan-Concert-Etude, D. Popper-Tarantella
teacher: Gayane Rafayelyan, Music school after P. Tchaikovski

3rd Prize

Youyou Peng / China
repertoire: D. Popper Tarantella Op.33 for Cello and Piano
teacher: Yang Liu (private teacher)

Abel Gómez-Antequera Ábalos / Spain
repertoire: Vivaldi Cello Concerto in c minor, RV 401 (II and III mov.

Naďa Strnadová / Czechia
repertoire: Labuť - Camille Saint-Saëns, Allegro Spiritoso - J.B. Senaille
teacher: Martin Škampa (Gymnázium a Hudební škola hlavního města Prahy, ZUŠ)

Moang Ma / China
repertoire: J. S. Bach Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV1010, Prelude + D. Popper Elfentanz Op.39
teacher: Di Gai (private teacher)

Aida Popa / Romania
repertoire: 1. Tchaikovsky, Pyotr - Nocturne, op. 19, nr. 4; 2. Dimitrescu, Constantin - Folk Dance, op. 15
teacher: Ani-Marie Paladi (Iosif Sava Arts School Bucharest)

Laura Rodriguez / Slovakia
repertoire: L. Boccherini: Minuet, E. Satie: Je te veux, R. Lovland: Chaconne
teacher: Lujza Ďurišová (ZUŠ Modra)

Category 4

1st Prize and Category Winner

Fryderyk Midor / Poland / video1 / video2
repertoire: 1. Bottermund-Starker Variations Paganini 2. K. Wiłkomirski Wokaliza
teacher: Joanna Zub, prof David Grigorian (POSM I st im Stanisława Moniuszki Katowice)

1st Prize

Tichon Evlanov / Russia
repertoire: D. Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody, Op.68, N. Rimskyj-Korsakov: Let čmeláka
teacher: A. Dargomygskyj (DSKI)

Chenhao Zhang / China
repertoire: Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 49, I Allegro & David Popper Spinning Song Op.55
teacher: Jia Yu (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School)

Eiline Tai / USA
repertoire: Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, 1st Mvt
teacher: Sarah Koo / Colburn Music School

Yuan Dong / China
repertoire: Antonín Dvorák: Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94
teacher: Liu Dahai (The Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

2nd Prize

Stanisław Maciej Kaleta / Poland
repertoire: "Tarantelle" Daniel van Goens, "Prayer" Ernest Bloch
teacher: Mikołaj Pęcherski (Szkoła Muzyczna I st. nr 1 w Krakowie)

Chengao Fang / China
repertoire: Dmitry Kabalevsky: Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 49
teacher: Li Ma (Affiliated Secondary school of NUA)

Daiwen Tian / China
repertoire: Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 1st Movement
teacher: Wen M (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School)

Chen Zhijian / China
repertoire: Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 1st Movement
teacher: Mu Zhu (Beijing City international school)

Marco Messina / France
repertoire: Prokofiev Concertino in g minor, op 132 (1st mvt)
teacher: Hélène Dautry (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris (CRR de Paris))

3rd Prize

Emanuel Grigori Schulze / Germany
repertoire: Gabriel Fauré - Apres un reve, Dmitri Shostakovich - Cello Sonata, 2nd movement, Allegro
teacher: David Grigorian - private teacher and Thomas Georgi - Music School Frankfurt(Oder)

Lukáš Sedlák / Czechia
repertoire: Josef Mysliveček: Sonáta G dur
teacher: Martin Škampa (Gymnázium a hudební škola hlavního města Prahy)

Yuki Ariel Wilson / Spain/USA
repertoire: Requiebros
teacher: Michal Dmochowski (Centro Superior Katarina Gurska)

Václav Blahunek / Czechia
repertoire: Jiří Teml: Drammatico e cantabile; Johann Sebastian Bach: Preludium ze suity pro sólové violoncello d moll BWV 1008
teacher: Daniel Petrásek (ZUŠ Učňovská, Praha 9)

Michal Kocifaj / Slovakia
repertoire: J. Mysliveček: Sonáta G- dur 1. časť, J. B. Massa: Triste
teacher: Mgr. art. Anna Kocifajová (ZUŠ L. Árvaya Žilina)

Julia Coteanu / Romania
repertoire: Camille Saint-Saens - Cello Concerto in A minor 1st Mvt. / Constantin Dimitresco - Serenade Triste
teacher: Prof. Ani Marie Paladi (1st Gymnasium Arts School - Bucharest, Romania)

Honorable Mention

ChangTong Ge / China
repertoire: Luigi Boccherini Sonata in A Major G 4 Cello Sonata 1. Adagio, 2 Allegro
teacher: privat at Mr. Tao Ni (New England Conservatory)

Benediktas Zonys / Lithuania
repertoire: 1.Konzert Nr.2 in D-dur August Nölck. 2.Tarantela op.23 William Henry squire. 3.Prie Nemunelio Antanas Kačanauskas.
teacher: Vidmantas Sadauskas (E.Balsys gymnasium of arts)

Kasija Ivanović / Serbia
repertoire: B. Romberg: Sonata for cello and piano, op. 38, e-minor, 1st movement; C. Saint-Saens: Le Cygne (extrait du Carnaval des Animaux)
teacher: Aleksandra Bengin ("Petar Stojanović" Elementary music school, Ub, Serbia)

Xinyi Dai / China
repertoire: Popper's Concert-Polonaise No. 2 in F Major, Op. 28
teacher: Ruqing Hou (Chamber Music Department of Shanghai Normal University)

Františka Tichá / Czechia
repertoire: Bernhard Romberg: Sonáta e moll op. 38, Allegro non troppo
teacher: Mgr. Markéta Leštinová dipl.spec., Blanka Dašková (SZUŠ Natanael)

Category 5

1st Prize and Category Winner

Yiqi Chen / China / video
repertoire: Boccherini Sonata No. 6
teacher: Mingqing Yu (Central Conservatory of Music)

1st Prize

Tang Lewis / Hong Kong, China
repertoire: Saint-Saëns Cello concerto in A minor, 1st movement
teacher: Chor Kai Hei (Diocesan Boys school)

2nd Prize

Ling Zhu / China
repertoire: Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33, Theme, I, II, III. VII
teacher: Dahai Liu (Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Viktor Mráček / Czechia
repertoire: G.F. Haendel - Allegro ze Sonáty F-Dur, J. Mysliveček - Sonáta G-Dur (Allegro, Andante, Presto)
teacher: Kateřina Hroníková (Gymnázium a Hudební škola hl.m.Prahy)

Shangdian Shi / China
repertoire: Camille Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33, I. Allegro non troppo
teacher: Meng Yang (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School)

Weilun Huang / China
repertoire: Polonaise de concert Op.14
teacher: Mingqing Yu (Central Conservatory of Music)

Eva Solveig Knapkyte / Norway/Lithuania
repertoire: Camille Saint Saëns: Cello Concerto op 33 3: Tempo primo
teacher: Prof.Ulrich Foss (Germany), Kari Ravnan (Norway)

3rd Prize

Seoyeon Lim / Czechia
repertoire: D.Kabalevsky Concerto in G mimor I.Allegro
teacher: Martin a Mirko Škampovi (Gymnázium a Hudební škola hlavního města Prahy)

Tae-Hee Kim / South Korea
repertoire: Francoeur cello sonata 1st and 2nd movements
teacher: Jeongjoo Choi (Yewon school of arts)

Ludvig Walter / Sweden
repertoire: 4th movement of Shostakovich's Cello Sonata, Alfredo Carlo Piatti: Caprices for Solo Cello, no 3, Op.25
teacher: NCM (national center for musical talents Sweden), teachers Erik Uusijärvi and several others from NCM (main teacher at NCM: Jakob Koranyi))

Jan Kovařík / Czechia
repertoire: Georg Goltermann: Koncert č. 3 h moll - 1. věta
teacher: Martin a Mirko Škampovi (Gymnázium a Hudební škola hlavního města Prahy)

Honorable Mention

Pau Cutanda Suñén / Spain
repertoire: Rapsodia Húngara de Popper
teacher: Elena Solanes (Music school: conservatorio iturbi valencia)

Claire Law / USA
repertoire: Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso Op. 62
teacher: Jill Brindel

Category 6

1st Prize and Category Winner

Tae-Yeon Kim / South Korea / video1 / video 2
repertoire: Czardas (Monti), Popper etudes op.73 no.6

1st Prize

Álvaro Lozano Cames / Spain
repertoire: Hindemith Sonata for cello solo Op.25, nº3. (I,III & V)
teacher: Pavel Gomziakov AEO BARENBOIM-SAID. Carmen Mª Elena. Sabrina Rui (CPM Martín Tenllado)

2nd Prize

Xianran Xue / China
repertoire: Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo
teacher: Meng Yang (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in Beijing)

Alejandro Turlo Escorihuela / Spain
repertoire: Hungarian rhapsody op.68. D.Popper
teacher: David Apellaniz / private

Arne Zeller / Germany
repertoire: F. Schubert, Arpeggione Sonata a-minor D 821
teacher: Daniel Geiss (University Mainz, Dept. of Music)

Hao Haoran / China
repertoire: Hungarian rhapsody op.68. D.Popper
teacher: Yang Meng (Central Conservatory of Music)

3rd Prize

Zoja Giza / Poland
repertoire: D. Popper - Hungarian Rhapsody op. 68
teacher: mgr Iwona Michalak (Państwowy Zespół Szkół Muzycznych im. Artura Rubinsteina w Bydgoszczy)

Anita Warnecka / Poland
repertoire: J. S. Bach suita 3 Sarabande i Gigue, G. Goltermann koncert h moll cz I
teacher: Franciszek Pall (Zespół Państwowych Szkół Muzycznych im M. Karłowicza w Krakowie)

Balog Benedek / Hungary
repertoire: P. Locatelli: Sonata in D major I. Allegro II. Adagio
teacher: Varga István (Szent István Király Music Conservatory)

Zuzanna Augustyniak / Poland
repertoire: Saint-Saens Concert a moll op. 33 p.1, H. Eccles Sonata g moll
teacher: Prof. Tomasz Strahl, dr. Rafał Kwiatkowski (ZPSM NR ul. Miodowa, Warsaw, Poland)

Honorable Mention

Anna Barbora Nekvasilová / Czechia
repertoire: Bohuslav Martinů - Variace na slovenskou lidovou píseň pro violoncello a klavír, H. 378
teacher: Mirko a Martin Škampovi (GMHS Praha 3)

Megan Clarke / England
repertoire: Ligeti - Solo Sonata 1st Movement and Prokofiev - Adagio from Cinderella Op.87
teacher: Alexander Boyarsky (Royal College of Music Junior Department)

Zhuning Sun / China
repertoire: Gabriel Fauré: Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1; J.S. Bach: Suite No.1, BWV1007, Sarabande; D. Popper: Cello Etudes Op.73 No.6
teacher: Weixi Luo, Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Category 7

1st Prize and Category Winner

Ruixuan Qi / China / video
repertoire: Piatti Caprices Op.25 No.3; Paganini Variations on a Theme from Mose
teacher: Weixi Luo, Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music

2nd Prize

ChenXiang / China
repertoire: Saint-Saëns:Cello Concerto No.1, Op.33,III
teacher: Dahai Liu (the Affiliated High School of Shanghai Conservatory Of Music)

Lukáš Mareček / Czechia
repertoire: Bohuslav Martinů - Variace na slovenskou lidovou píseň
teacher: Mgr. Václav Horák (ZUŠ Smetanova 8 Brno)

Antonina Anna Rzonca / Poland
repertoire: Johann Sebastian Bach, Sarabande and Menuets I & II from Cello Suite No. 1; Ernest Bloch "Prayer" from cello and piano; David Popper Etiude No. 28
teacher: Mikołaj Pęcherski (Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna II st. im. Władysława Żeleńskiego w Krakowie, Poland)

Hairu Wang / China
repertoire: Elgar Cello concerto in e minor
teacher: MuZhu (Central conservatory of music middle school)

Zixiong Zhao / China
repertoire: Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107 I. Allegretto & IV. Allegro con moto
teacher: Meng Yang (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School)

Fiona Faye Tsang / USA
repertoire: Sonata for Solo Cello by György Ligeti
teacher: Richard Weiss (Cleveland Institute of Music Pre-College)

Shen Mengtong / China
repertoire: David. Popper, Elfentanz/Dance of the Elves, Op.39, Antonin.Dvorak, Klid/ Silent Woods, Op.68 No.5,
teacher: Namula (Central Conservatory of Music Middle School(China))

3rd Prize

Yue Mao / China
repertoire: 1.Bach Cello Suite no.6 Prelude 2.Humoresque,Op.5 Rostropovich
teacher: Yan Tang (Affiliated High school of Wuhan Conservatory of Music)

Zuzanna Julia Fromm / Poland
repertoire: Aria Kazimierz Wiłkomirski, Concert Polonaise, Op. 14 David Popper
teacher: Mrs. Monika Łukawska (ZPSM in Ełk)

Tan Yu Tang / Singapore
repertoire: Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, 1st movement
teacher: Claude Lepetit, none at present

Congyu Yang / China
repertoire: Bach: Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009,Prelude; 2. Saint-Saens : Cello Concerto No.1 in A Minor , Op.33, Movment I , Allegro non troppo
teacher: Chongwu Wang (Attached middle School of Central Conservatory of Music)

Danlin Yu / China
repertoire: Haydn Concertos in C Major,1st.m
teacher: Mu Zhu (Central Conservatory of Music)

Eva Wu / New Zealand
repertoire: Hungarian Rhapsody Op.68
teacher: Lisa Chung

Qingqing Yang / China
repertoire: Haydn Cello Concerto No.1

Honorable Mention

Kateřina Korbelová / Czechia
repertoire: H. Eccles: Sonáta g moll - Largo a Allegro, J. Chr. Bach: Koncert c moll - 1. Allegro molto ma maestoso
teacher: Radka Hájková, ZUŠ Velešín

Jan Poštulka / Czechia
repertoire: A. Vandini - Sonata F dur; B. Martinů - Pastorales č. 6
teacher: Ilona Kučerová, ZUŠ P. J. Vejvanovského, Hlučín

Category 8

1st Prize and Category Winner

Tomáš Prchal / Netherland / video
repertoire: David Popper: Fantasy on Little Russian Songs, opus 43
teacher: Jan Ype Nota / Michel Strauss, Academy for Musical Talent Utrecht / Royal Conservatoire The Hague

1st Prize

Yelin Han / South Korea
repertoire: P.I Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 Thema, Var.1,2,6,7 / 2. P.d. Sarasate-Zigeunerweisen
teacher: Sunyee Chung (Seoul Art High School)

2nd Prize

Teresa Gasieniec / Poland
repertoire: J. Haydn - Cello Concerto in C Major 3rd mov., K. Wilkomirski - Vocalise
teacher: Tadeusz Melka (OSM I i II st. im. K. Szymanowskiego we Wroclawiu)

Haru Ogiwara / UK
repertoire: Alberto Ginastera 'Pampeana No.2 - Rhapsody for Cello and Piano'
teacher: Pal Banda (Royal College of Music Junior Department)


3rd Prize

Shengxin Tao / China
repertoire: Lalo:Cello Concerto in D Minor, Prelude. Lento - Allegro maestoso
teacher: Professor Lin deping (Tianjin Conservatory of Music Middle School)

Iveta Cibulova / Slovakia
repertoire: L.van Beethoven: Sieben Variationen uber das Duett"Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen", G.Faure: Papillon
teacher: Jozef Luptak (Konzervatorium Bratislava)

Maria Mafalda Mazzon / Italy
repertoire: L. van Beethoven - Variations on "Judas Maccabaeus" by Haendel
teacher: Barbara Lübke (Universität Mozarteum Salzburg)

Honorable Mention

Daiyi Wu / China
repertoire: Dvořák: The Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, 1st Movement
teacher: Zheng Chen (Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Jingyuan Zhang / China
repertoire: Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor L.135
teacher: Mu ZHU (Central Conservaroty of Music Middle School)

Gergö Mátyás Maksay / Romania
repertoire: J. Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 C-Major, Movement II-III
teacher: Csaba Zsolt Maksay (Sigismund Toduta Music School Cluj-Napoca)

Hao Shen / China
repertoire: J. S. Bach: Suite No. 5 in C minor: I. Prelude (Adagio) IV. Sarabande (Lento)
teacher: Guangyu Xie (Attached Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Erminia Di Meo / Italy
repertoire: Antonin Dvorak , Cello concerto in B minor, op.104, 1st movement
teacher: Kyung Me Lee (Music Academy "AIMART")

Radosław Garbiec / Poland
repertoire: J. S. Bach - Suite in d minor, Prelude., L. Boccherini - Sonata in C major G. 6, mvt. 1 and 2
teacher: Marcin Kusz (Music School: Państwowa Szkoła Muzyczna I i II st. im. Ludomira Różyckiego w Gliwicach)

Lorenzo Lomartire / Italy
repertoire: Brahms op.38, I movement
teacher: David Geringas

Daryna Feshchak / Ukraine
repertoire: Dvořák - Rondo op. 94; G.Cassadó - Suite for cello solo
teacher: Kateryna Polianska

Category 9

1st Prize and Category Winner

Felix Brunnenkant / Germany
repertoire: Dvorak Cello Concerto in b minor, 1. Allegro
teacher: Mathias Johansen (State Conservatory Vorarlberg)

1st Prize

Adam Klánský / Czechia
repertoire: J. S. Bach - Cello suite No. 5 - Allemande // D. Schostakovich - Cello concerto No. 1 - 1. Movement
teacher: prof. Petr Nouzovský (Pražská konzervatoř)

Zhiyu Zhang / China/Austria
repertoire: F. Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata 1st movement, Piatti Caprice N.12
teacher: Prof. Reinhard Latzko (University of Music and performing Arts Vienna)

Peijun Ma / China
repertoire: Elgar: Cello Concerto op. 85 - 4th movement
teacher: Jia Yu (Music School: Central Conservatory of Music Middle School)

2nd Prize

Jorge Giménez Cerdó / Spain
repertoire: J.S. Bach 5th Suite Prelude&Fugue and Gigue, 1st movement of Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1
teacher: Amit Peled (Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University)

Zeyu Zhu / China
repertoire: Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104, mov.1
teacher: Yeonjin Kim (the Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-college)

Alejandro Gomez Pareja / Spain
repertoire: Tchaikovsky, Rokoko Variations (excerpt): variations III (half) - VII
teacher: Jens-Peter Maintz (Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia)

Jungyoon Lee / South Korea
repertoire: Cassado cello solo suite 1 and 3rd mov.
teacher: A. Gebert (Hochschule für Musik Detmold)

Jihee Park / South Korea
repertoire: A. Dvorak Concerto in B minor, Op.104 for Cello and Piano
teacher: Jeong-Joo Choi (Seoul Arts High School)

Jayden Lamcellari / Ireland
repertoire: Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante- 1st movement and Bach cello suite 3 Sarabande
teacher: Bozidar Vukotic (Royal Academy of Music, London)

3rd Prize

Josef Matěj Švec / Czechia
repertoire: A.Dvořák - Klid lesa, J. Haydn - koncert C dur, 1. věta
teacher: Petr Nouzovský, Pražská konzervatoř

Vladimir Afinogenov / Germany
repertoire: M.Glinka Nocturne "La Separation", D. Popper "Hungarian Rhapsody" op.68
teacher: Mathias Johansen, Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium, Feldkirch, Austria

Filip Rufer / Czechia
repertoire: Edouard Lalo - Koncert pro violoncello a orchestr (1. věta Prelude , Lento - Allegro maestoso)
teacher: Mgr. Josef Krečmer, MgA. Jan Zemen, konzervatoř Pardubice

Huiying Cao / China
repertoire: Prokofiev Sonata in C Major, Op.119
teacher: Mingqing Yu,Central Conservatory of Music

Vojtěch Velek / Czechia
repertoire: G. Cassadó: Suite for Cello Solo - I. Prelude, III. Intermezzo e Danza Finale
teacher: Mirko a Martin Škampovi, Gymnázium a hudební škola hlavního města Prahy

Ruhan Ji / China
repertoire: Piatti Caprice for Solo Cello, Op.25 No.7; Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, Op.107, I. Allegretto
teacher: Meng Yang, Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in Beijing

Dominik Gawarkiewicz / Poland
repertoire: David Popper : Etiude no. 20, Robert Schumann : 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102, movements: I - ,,Mit Humor'' , II - ,,Langsam''
teacher: Dorota Bojarczuk (Zespól Szkół Muzycznych im. Karola Szymanowskiego w Toruniu (Music School Complex for them. Karol Szymanowski in Toruń))

Honorable Mention

Miriam Herron / USA
repertoire: Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, first 10 minutes
teacher: Emmanuel Feldman (New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

Emma Kocój / Poland
repertoire: Roman Haas- "Variation on a theme by Grieg for cello solo", Paweł Łukaszewski - "Aria for cello and piano" [ the piano tuner was sick :) ]
teacher: Tomasz Szczęsny (ZPSM II st. im. F. Nowowiejskiego w Szczecinie)

Ziqing Lin / China
repertoire: Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008, Prelude; Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33
teacher: Wenbin Geng (Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Category 10

1st Prize and Category Winner

Sam Lucas / Australia / video
repertoire: G. Crumb Cello Sonata / M. Rostropovich Humoresque
teacher: Professor. Pieter Wispelwey (Robert Schumann Hochschule)

1st Prize

Till Schuler / Germany
repertoire: A.Dvorak: Cello Concerto op.104 - 1.Allegro
teacher: Prof. Sebastian Klinger (University for Music and Drama Hamburg)

Liu Jiaqi / China
repertoire: Brahms F Major piano and cello sonata 1st movement. Kodaly Cello solo sonata first movement
teacher: Qin, Liwei (National university of Singapore Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music)

Jean-François Carrière / Austria
repertoire: Schumann - Fantasiestucke Op.73
teacher: Enrico Bronzi (Mozarteum University of Salzburg)

2nd Prize

Hotin Chan / China
repertoire: Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque by Ernest Bloch
teacher: Andrés Díaz (Meadows School of the Arts - SMU)

Keina Satoh / Japan
repertoire: Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 Op. 99, Allegro vivace
teacher: David Finckel (Clara Kim, The Juilliard School)

3rd Prize

Haruka Hamada / Japan
repertoire: C.Franck : Sonata in A Major 2.4 mov. (Partially omitted)
teacher: Prof . Michal Kanka (Akademie múzických umění v Praze)

Keishiro Mikawa / Czechia
repertoire: Piatti Caprice 12ti, první věta prvního koncertu Šostakoviče
teacher: HAMU (na stáži) Pan Prof. Michal Kaňka, Tomáš Jamník

Julianna Vinci / Poland
repertoire: Ludwig van Beethoven - Cello Sonata in A-major, Op. 69, 1st movement
teacher: adt dr hab. Natalia Kurzac-Kotula (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice)

Enrico Mignani / Italy
repertoire: Piatti caprice no. 7 / Ligeti cello solo sonata
teacher: Enrico Dindo (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana)

Jakub Grzelachowski / Poland
repertoire: R. Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Paganini Moses Variations
teacher: ad. dr hab. Błażej Goliński (The Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk)

Lydia Dobson / UK
repertoire: Kodaly Solo Sonata 1st Movement
teacher: Richard Lester and Tim Gill (Royal College of Music - 1st Class Honours Degree 2018)

Ariane Zandi / UK
repertoire: Bloch Solo Cello Suite No.3, i.Allegro Deciso ii. Andante. Bach Cello Suite No.1, Sarabande. Hindemith Cello Sonata No.3, Movements I and II
teacher: Melissa Phelps

Honorable Mention

Yuanfeng Zhu / China
repertoire: Prokofievf: Cello Symphony-Concerto
teacher: Guangyu Xie (Shanghai Conservatory of Music)

Sizhe Fang / China
repertoire: Haydn cello concerto in D major (1st mov.)
teacher: Yan Tang ( Wuhan Conservatory of Music)

Jiabao Chang / China
repertoire: G.Ligeti sonata for cello solo; Piatti no.7
teacher: Jianan Zhao (China Conservatory of music)

Kamila Łuczka / Poland
repertoire: Dmitri Shostakovich sonata for cello and piano in d-minor Op. 40 I & II mov.
teacher: Tomasz Szczęsny (Academy of Art in Szczecin)

Category 11

1st Prize and Category Winner

Simon David Eberle / Germany / video1 / video2 / video3
repertoire: Julius Klengel - Scherzo in D minor, op. 6; Alexander Glasunow - Chant du Ménestrel; David Popper - Hungarian Rhapsody
teacher: Jens Peter Maintz (Universität der Künste Berlin)

1st Prize

Roger Morelló Ros / Spain
repertoire: Gaspar Cassadó: Suite for Cello Solo
teacher: Maria Kliegel (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln)

Aneta Šudáková / Czechia
repertoire: C. Franck - Sonáta A dur, (1.,2.věta
teacher: Miroslav Petráš (HAMU)

2nd Prize

Jungwoo Choi / South Korea
repertoire: R.Schumann Concerto for cello a-minor 1.mov
teacher: Prof. Gustav Rivinius (Hochschule für musik Saarbrücken)

Alena Šístková / Czechia
repertoire: D. Šostakovič: Sonáta pro cello a klavír, op.40 - II. Allegro, 2) R. Schumann - Adagio a Allegro, op.70
teacher: Mikael Ericsson (HAMU)

Eunghee Cho / USA
repertoire: Dvorak - Cello Concerto, I. Allegro
teacher: Laurence Lesser (New England Conservatory)

3rd Prize

Kung-I Tsai / Taiwan
repertoire: Penderecki -Divertimento for Solo Cello and Bach Cello Suite No.4 - Courante
teacher: Prof. Emil Rovner at Hochschule für Musik Dresden

Alicja Kozak / Poland
repertoire: F. Chopin Sonata for cello and piano in g minor, op. 65, 1st movement
teacher: Richard Lester/ Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Attila Levente Kónya / Hungary
repertoire: Franz Schubert: Arpeggione sonata 1. movement, David Popper: Jagdstück

Honorable Mention

Junyoung Ann / South Korea
repertoire: Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3 1st mov. & Davidov At the Fountain
teacher: Katalin Rootering (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Graduation))

Yuki Shitamura / Japan
repertoire: A. Piatti: Caprice No. 7 J. S. Bach: Prelude and Sarabande from Suite No. 4

List of competitors:

Category 1:

Haoyu Gu, China                                             Kanon Huang, Taiwan
Carla Stefania Achim, Romania                      Sofie Caithamlová, Czechia
Zdeňka Siváková, Czechia                             Ioana Rebegel, Romania
Maksymilian Król, Poland                               Jakub Dolný, Slovakia
Veronika Vozárová, Czechia                          Vanda Peterková, Czechia
Matěj Glac, Czechia                                        Markéta Štenclová, Czechia
Ondřej Malík, Czechia                                    Dudenkova Zoia, Russia
Gracie Hong, USA                                          Jiayi Huang, China
Oliver Moh, UK                                                Filip Balga, Czechia
Martin Bernášek, Czechia                               Elzbieta Nirska, Poland
Alfie Lo Pak Yui, Hong Kong / China              Rey Gergov, Japan / Bulgaria
Veronika Murashkovskaia, Russia                  Lucas Liow Jun Kai, Singapore
Zofia Klimaszewska, Poland                           Amelie See, Singapore
Theodore Eperon, Suisse                              Yeji Lee, South Korea
Ayman Bourar, France / USA                          Yuxin Wang, China

Category 2:

Guo Xiyuan, China                                          Tianran Cheng, China
Sayuri Šereš, Slovakia                                     Dai Feiyue, China
Lyana Ulikhanyan, Armenia                            Josefína Kubátová, Czechia
Yige Tang, China                                             Yixin Li, China
Maximilian Elliott Kwan, Singapore                Tobiáš Balkovský, Czechia
Timothy Chua Jun Ming, Singapore               Agata Bondar,Poland

Category 3:

Aurelia Faidley-Solars, USA                            Yihao Kuang, China
Mari Hakobyan, Armenia                                 Naďa Strnadová, Czechia
Dohyeon Ryu, South Korea                             Youyou Peng, China
Moang Ma, China                                             Qingyang Xie, China
Li Runing, China                                               Aida Popa, Romania
Ji Eon, Lee, South Korea                                 Abel Gómez-Antequera Ábalos
Ștefan Iordachi, Romania                                Laura Rodriguez, Slovakia

Category 4:

Chen Zhijian, China                                         Daiwen Tian, China
Benediktas Zonys, Lithuania                           Fryderyk Midor, Poland
Michal Kocifaj, Slovakia                                   Lukáš Sedlák, Czechia
Chenhao Zhang, China                                   Marco Messina, France
Františka Tichá, Czechia                                 Chengao Fang, China
ChangTong Ge, China                                     Eiline Tai, USA
Tichon Evlanov, Russia                                    Julia Coteanu, Romania 
Václav Blahunek, Czechia                               Kasija Ivanović, Serbia
Yuan Dong, China                                            Xinyi Dai, China
Emanuel Grigori Schulze, Germany                Yuki Ariel Wilson, Spain / USA
Stanisław Maciej Kaleta, Poland                     

Category 5:

Weilun Huang, China                                       Eva Solveig Knapkyte, Norway / Lithuania
Viktor Mráček, Czechia                                    Shangdian Shi, China
Yiqi Chen, China                                               Ludvig Walter, Sweden
Jan Kovařík, Czechia                                        Seoyeon Lim, Czechia
Tae-Hee Kim, South Korea                               Ling Zhu, China
Pau Cutanda Suñén, Spain                              Claire Law, USA
Tang Lewis, Hong Kong / China

Category 6:

Álvaro Lozano Cames, Spain                          Xianran Xue, China
Hao Haoran, China                                          Zuzanna Augustyniak, Poland
Alejandro Turlo Escorihuela, Spain                 Anna Barbora Nekvasilová, Czechia
Anita Warnecka, Poland                                  Megan Clarke, England
Zoja Giza, Poland                                             Zhuning Sun, China
Tae-Yeon Kim, South Korea                             Arne Zeller, Germany
Balog Benedek, Hungary

Category 7:

Qingqing Yang, China                                      Shen Mengtong, China
Hairu Wang, China                                           Fiona Faye Tsang, USA
Kateřina Korbelová, Czechia                           Antonina Anna Rzonca, Poland
Chen Xiang, China                                           Jan Poštulka, Czechia
Danlin Yu, China                                               Zixiong Zhao, China
Ruixuan Qi, China                                             Eva Wu, New Zealand
Zuzanna Julia Fromm, Poland                         Congyu Yang, China
Tan Yu Tang, Singapore                                   Yue Mao, China
Lukáš Mareček, Czechia

Category 8:

Daryna Feshchak, Ukraine                              Jingyuan Zhang, China
Hao Shen, China                                              Daiyi Wu, China
Tomáš Prchal, Czechia                                     Iveta Cibulova, Slovakia
Maria Mafalda Mazzon, Italy                             Erminia Di Meo, Italy
Radosław Garbiec, Poland                               Shengxin Tao, China
Teresa Gasieniec, Poland                                 Yelin Han, South Korea
Gergö Mátyás Maksay, Romania                      Lorenzo Lomartire, Italy
Haru Ogiwara, UK

Category 9:

Zhiyu Zhang, China / Austria                           Felix Brunnenkant, Germany
Peijun Ma, China                                              Alejandro Gomez Pareja, Spain
Jayden Lamcellari, Ireland                              Huiying Cao, China
Josef Matěj Švec, Czechia                              Ziqing Lin, China
Ruhan Ji, China                                                Vladimir Afinogenov, Germany
Filip Rufer, Czechia                                          Adam Klánský, Czechia
Vojtěch Velek, Czechia                                   Jihee Park, South Korea
Jorge Giménez Cerdó, Spain                         Jungyoon Lee, South Korea
Dominik Gawarkiewicz, Poland                       Zeyu Zhu, China
Emma Kocój, Poland                                        Miriam Herron, USA

Category 10:

Haruku Hamada, Japan                                   Lydia Dobson, UK
Julianna Vinci, Poland                                      Jiabao Chang, China
Sam Lucas, Australia                                         Hotin Chan, China
Till Schuler, Germany                                        Kamila Łuczka, Poland
Keishiro Mikawa,                                               Jean-François Carrière, Austria
Enrico Mignani, Italy                                          Ariane Zandi, UK
Yuanfeng Zhu, China                                        Sizhe Fang, China
Keina Satoh, Japan                                           Jakub Grzelachowski, Poland 
Liu Jiaqi, China

Category 11:

Simon David Eberle, Germany                        Yuki Shitamura, Japan
Eunghee Cho, USA                                          Alicja Kozak, Poland
Kung-I Tsai, Taiwan                                           Roger Morelló Ros, Spain
Jungwoo Choi, South Korea                           Junyoung Ann, South Korea
Attila Levente Kónya, Hungary                        Aneta Šudáková, Czechia
Alena Šístková, Czechia

The organizer of the competition is the Gustav Mahler Prague Institute (Institut Gustava Mahler Praha) in Prague in cooperation with the G. Mahler Jihlava Philharmonic (Filharmonií G. Mahler Jihlava).

The mission and goal of the competition is to deepen the interest and motivation of young talented violoncellists to interpret mutual understanding, interpretative confrontation, inspiration and love for music. The personality of the genius conductor and musical composer Gustav Mahler, who lived in Jihlava for the first 15 years of his life and inspired and enriched so much, reminds him of his noble ideas about the mission of music and is a permanent inspiration source and model for young musicians from all over the world.

Competition rules

  • The competition will be via videos published on www.youtube.com due to anti-epidemic measures.
  • The video must be a real recording without editing, shot in one static shot, with the camera slightly away from the competitor.
  • Must be visible on the competitor's hands and face at all times
  • The video recording not more than 3 months old must be placed on www.youtube.com on the channel of the competitor, parent, school and so on, the competitor will include in the application the exact internet link to the video recording.
  • The competition is divided into 11 age categories for competitors of all nationalities up to the age of 30 .
  • The organiser reserves the right not to open a category for organisational reasons or not to accept an application or to shorten the competition deadline for the competition for capacity reasons.
  • The competition deadline: 31.12.2020
  • Announcement of results: 8.2.2021
  • The competition is a one-round competition, and the condition of the competition is to play from memory.
  • The competitive repertoire is free, play solo, or with piano accompaniment, the competitors only have to respect the time limit for the composition.
  • Failure to comply with the above conditions, as well as an apparent reading of the notes during the game, may result in the competitor being eliminated from the competition.

Competitive category and time limit of competitive video

Category              year of birth              Time limit of composition

   1.                    2011 and younger                      2 - 5 min.
   2.                               2010                               4 - 8 min.
   3.                               2009                              4 - 8 min.
   4.                               2008                              5 - 10 min.
   5.                               2007                              5 - 10 min.
   6.                               2006                              7 - 10 min.
   7.                                2005                              7 - 10 min.
   8.                               2004                              9 - 12 min.
   9.                          2001 - 2003                        9 - 12 min.
  10.                          1996 - 2000                       10 - 13 min.
   11.                           1991 - 1995                         11 - 15 min.


  • The jury will assess the competitive performance of the competitors, determine the order of the competitors in each category, determine the absolute winner of the competition, determine the award holder.
  • The jury's deliberations are not public, the jury does not publish evaluations.
  • The jury's decision is final, indisputable and there is no appeal.
  • The jury will be appointed by the director of the Gustav Mahler Institute Prague.
  • Jury:
    Petr Nouzovský - chairman of the jury, 
    a leading Czech cello soloist
    Michaela Fukačová - 
    a soloist and chamber player

    doc. Michal Kaňka - a soloist, chamber player and educator at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
    Jiří Jakeš - chief conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Orchestra in Jihlava
    Tomasz Szczesny, concert master of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Orchestra in Szczecin, Poland, and professor at the Musical Academy there


Grand Prize:
Gustav Mahler Prize and Financial Prize 30,000 CZK - for the absolute winner

Special prices:

Prize of G. Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava - awarded by the G. Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava and presents the possibility of a concert performance (orchestral or chamber concert) in future years
Prize of Chief Conductor of the G. Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava
Prize of Jury president
Prize for best Czech competitors
Prize of the competition director for the youngest competitors

Each competitor receives a diploma (by email)

The jury may also award other special prizes, also reserving the right not to award one.


Applications shall be submitted exclusively electronically by completing an online form at www.mahler.institute (at the end of this page) and paying a registration fee. A certificate of payment of the fee shall accompany the application. Applications may be submitted no later than December 31, 2020. In case of high interest, the organiser reserves the right to terminate receipt of applications before that date.

Registration fee:

Registration fee:   1st - 5th category - € 37
                                6th - 8th category - € 75
                           9th - 10th category - € 100
                                     11th category - € 111

The registration fee must be paid in full by bank transfer:
IBAN: CZ4820100000002601525645

Owner: Institut Gustava Mahlera, z.s.
address: Fio banka, a.s., Millennium Plaza, V Celnici 10, 117 21 Prague, Czech Republic
Fee can be paid via payPal (please contact us)
Please, enter the name of the competitor in the note/message to the recipient. Bank fees go to the competitor. 

The registration fee is non-refundable.


If you have a problem sending your application, please contact us here