Applications open for Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann

Young musicians can apply to compete in the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann from 11th of March 2022 onwards.

In November 2022, Kronberg Academy will host the fifth Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in collaboration with the Domenico-Gabrielli Foundation of Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin). In spite of, and in view of, the dramatic and devastating events unfolding in Ukraine, the organisers are today inviting young musicians to compete in the international cello competition. They do so in the hope that this international musical encounter may act as a beacon of understanding, peace and mutual respect. Applications to take part in the international cello competition will be accepted from young cellists of all nationalities from 1 March to 1 July 2022.

Named after Emanuel Feuermann (1902-1942) and taking place after an eight-year pause, the 2022 Grand Prix is set to be as equally vibrant and energetic as was its namesake’s virtuoso cello playing. The international Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann cello competition has been held in Berlin since 2002. From 10 March 2022 onwards, talented young cellists from across the world who were born in or after 1994 can apply to take part. Applications can be submitted exclusively online using the application form at

The competition is dedicated entirely to the cello as a solo instrument, and alongside final rounds that are open to the public a series of pre-competition house concerts helps to provide a unique, collective live experience. Following the initial video application round, the jury will select the twelve best candidates. Each of these will be offered the chance to perform at a private house concert in Berlin during the run-up to the later competition rounds. The international cello competition will take place from 15-22 November 2022 at a variety of venues in Berlin. Its second, third (semi-final) and fourth (final) rounds will be public events held in the form of concerts. The second round will take place in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, the third round in the concert hall at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) and the final at Haus des Rundfunks (Broadcasting House) in Berlin.
The Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann will be awarded on 22 November 2022 during the final concert with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (conductor: Joseph Bastian) and Metamorphosen Berlin in the Großer Sendesaal (Large Broadcasting Hall) of Haus des Rundfunks Berlin.
This year’s jury members are Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Claudio Bohórquez, Karine Georgian, David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jens Peter Maintz, Jérôme Pernoo, Torleif Thedéen, Raimund Trenkler and Hillel Zori.
The international cello competition is organised jointly by Kronberg Academy and the Domenico-Gabrielli Foundation of Berlin University of the Arts. Maestro Daniel Barenboim is its patron.
Participants can find more information about the jury members, orchestras, repertoire and prize money at

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