3rd Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition 2021
This year we decided to convert the competition into a virtual environment. You will compete via a video link located at www.youtube.com. Please read carefully the competition rules below. The closing date for the competition was 31.12.2020.
Absolute winners of Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition:
2021 - maybe YOU!
2020 - Yeeun Kang / South Korea
2019 - Bence Temesvári / Hungary
List of competitors:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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.
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
Gustav Mahler Prize and Financial Prize 30,000 CZK - for the absolute winner
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: 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:
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