Gustav Mahler Prize 

 Cello Competition 2023 / online

The organizer

Gustav Mahler Institute Prague in cooperation with the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic 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.

Closing date: January 1, 2023

Announcement of results: February 8, 2023

Congratulations to all competitors on their results. All diplomas have been sent, please check your emails (also spam). We thank Larsen Strings for supporting our competition.

Dear cellists, dear friends, dear colleagues.

We have had a wonderful time with time listening to your great performances. On behalf of the whole jury, I must say that we are very pleased with the high level of the competition. The performances of the youngest cellists are incredibly good and some of the young players are already real professionals. My wish for the youngest artists is that they find never-ending inspiration for their artistic and human growth and overcome a difficult age to find musical opportunities. To my older colleagues, I wish that they reach out to their audiences, that they find their place in the musical world, and that in difficult moments they do not forget that music is the most beautiful thing that could ever happen to us.

Petr Nouzovský
president of Jury

Results 2023

Grand Prize - Gustav Mahler Prize 2023
Absolute winner, Personalized Glass Trophy, Prize Money 30,000 CZK, Diploma

Léo Ispir

Prize of Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava / Awarded by the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava and presents the possibility of a concert performance in Jihlava (orchestral or chamber concert) in future years
Jan Petrov

Prize of Chief Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava / diploma

Joshua Kováč

Prize of President of the Jury / diploma
Yoo Chaewon
Stefan Iordachi

Prize of Gustav Mahler Institute Prague / diploma
Daniel Wang

Prize for the best Czech competitor / diploma 
Jan Petrov

Prize of Kruh přátel hudby Vinohrady / concert
Jozef Csoka

Voucher for Visegrad Masterclass Visegrad Pezinok, Slovakia
Stefan Iordachi

Voucher for "Setkání s hudbou- kursovné na letní kursy v Soběslavi 2.-11. července 2023"
Artem Piddubnyj

Set of strings from partner Larsen Strings:
Szymon Pasowicz 
Valentijn Jeukendrup 
Jan Petrov

Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Giuseppe Valentini: Yoo Chaewon
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Joseph Haydn: Daniel Wang
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Jun Gardiner
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Zoltán Kodály: Joshua Kováč
Prize for the interpretation of a composition by Francis Poulenc: Xiaotang Xu 


  • MgA. Petr Nouzovský - chairman of the jury, a leading Czech cello soloist

    MgR. Jiří Jakeš - chief conductor of the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Orchestra in Jihlava
    MgA. Tomáš Strašil - cello soloist, educator at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

    Doc. Eugen Prochác - cello soloist, conductor, educator at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava