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2014 The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments Flute Horn Clarinet
The prize winners concert will be recorded and broadcasted by the radiostation Deutschlandfunk. Member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions

September 9 to14 , 2014 Dsseldorf

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Media Partner of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments


Organizer of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments is the Sieghardt Rometsch-Stiftung. It is the mission of the Sieghardt Rometsch-Stiftung to support talented young musicians. While there is general awareness in our society for the need to foster young scientific talent, the same is not true for encouraging highly talented young artists. This foundation aims to make a contribution towards redressing the balance between scientific and artistic education. To this end, the foundation focuses on the discovery and support of musical talent in young people, so that Man shall not neglect himself, as Schiller demanded in his letters of aesthetic education. For music addresses the soul, mind and body in equal measure. It promotes intelligence and selfconfidence as much as social behaviour. The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments is at the centre of the foundations strategy to encourage the gifted youth. It intends to encourage wind musicians to exceptional achievements, to create for them a yardstick for performance standards, and finally to offer them a platform for public performance.


Partners the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dsseldorf the Dsseldorfer Symphoniker Deutschlandfunk, Cologne | Radiostation

Stefan Blunier Chair Stefan Blunier, born in 1964 in Bern, Switzerland, is a Swiss conductor and pianist. He is General Music Director of the city of Bonn and at the same time Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn and the Bonn Opera. Blunier studied piano, horn, composition and conducting in his native town Bern and the Folkwang Hochschule Essen. He already played international recitals during his studies. He has been awarded prizes at conducting competitions (Besancon 1990 and 1992 in Kopenhagen) and has started a worldwide career as a conductor. Stefan Blunier started conducting at the Theatre of Mainz and Augsburg, became 1. Kapellmeister at Nationaltheater Mannheim and General Music Director at the Staatstheater Darmstadt from 2001 to the end of 2008. Blunier was guest of nearly all German Rundfunk-Orchestras, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig as well as leading orchestras in Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Korea, France, Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig etc. Since 2008/09 he has a close cooperation with the Komische Opera Berlin and is in addition Premier Chef Invit of the Orchestra National de Belgique in Bruxelles.


Franois Benda Clarinet Born in Brasil Franois Benda comes from a long line of professional musicians. He completed his studies in Graz and Geneva (clarinet, composition, conducting) and gave his solo debut in 1988 at Zuerichs Tonhalle and at the Victoria Hall in Geneva. In 1991 Francois Benda was awarded the Premio Internationale per le Arti dello Spettaccolo in Rome. Today Francois Benda performs at all the important music venues (Berlins Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, the Tonhalle in Zuerich) and appears as a guest artist at music festivals with many leading orchestras. Francois Benda is professor for clarinet at the Universitt der Knste, Berlin and is also teaching as a professor at the Hochschule fr Musik of the city of Basel. His students were prize winners of many international music competitions. He is regularly giving master classes for clarinet worldwide.

Emily Beynon Flute Emily Beynon born in Wales, Great Britain, began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music and with Alain Marion in Paris. In 2002 Emily was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Emily Beynon is the principal flutist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily has performed as concerto soloist with, amongst others, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the major BBC Orchestras, NHK Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestras and the Acadamy of St. Martin in the Fields. As a chamber musician she works regularly with her sister, the harpist Catherine Beynon and the pianist Andrew West. Aa a passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. Together with business women (and amateur flautist) Suzanne Wolf Emily has set up an exciting new flute summer school, the Netherlands flute academy which launched in 2009.


Andrea Lieberknecht Flute Andrea Lieberknecht was born in Augsburg. She studied music under Professor Paul Meisen at the academy of music in Munich. In 1988, even before finishing her studies, she became soloist flute player with the Munich Radio Orchestra. In 1991 she changed to the same position in The West German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Cologne. Moreover during the years 1993 to 1996 she was the soloist flute player at the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. As a soloist and member of a chamber music group she has won many international competitions: i.e., the international music competition Prager Frhling in 1991, international Flute Competition Kobe in 1993. With the ARCIS Quintett prize winner of the German Music Competition 1996 and the international competition for chamber music at the ARD, Munich, in Colmar, Belgrade, Tokyo and Trapani. Recitals, solo concerts and chamber music concerts with well-known musicians and famous orchestras have taken her around the world. Numerous compact disc recordings with solo and chamber music, some of the prize winning, document her versatile artistic activity. Since 2002 she has been a professor of flute at the academy of music in Hannover. Since 2011 she is flute professor at the University for Music and Performaning Arts in Munich.

Ralph Manno Clarinet With only 29 years old he became professor for clarinet at the Hochschule fr Musik Cologne and is leading one of the most successful masterclasses for clarinet in Europe. He is one of the leading clarinettists of his generation and is performing as soloist on many international festivals and concert halls. After his studies in Cologne he received national and international scholarships as the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Herbert-von-KarajanAcademy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and he was prize winner of the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb. Already at the age of 20 he became the solo-clarinetist of WDR Orchestra Cologne before Sergiu Celibidache called him to join the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. As soloist he has been performing with renown orchestras on national and international concert stages and festivals such as Suntory Hall Tokyo, Lincoln Centre New York, Tatro Colon Buenos Aires etc. He dedicates himself with great enthusiasm to chamber music. He is giving concerts and master classes regularly in the USA, Japan, South America, Australia and Europe. Ralph Mannos discography is huge and contains monst of the famous compositions for clarinet by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann as well as 20th century composers from Hindemith, Strawinsky, Messiaen, Bartok etc. Phenomenal intensity writes the Neue Zrcher Zeitung about Ralph Mannos clarinet playing. Highlights of classic is the headline of the New York Times.


Markus Maskuniitty Horn In Rauma, Finland born, Markus Maskuniitty studied at the Sibelius Academy as a student of Timo Ronkainen, Helsinki and with Radovan Vlatkovic in Berlin. He played principal French horn with the Finish Radio Sinfony Orchestra. In 1994 he became Principal French Horn with the Deutsche Sinonieorchester Berlin and held the same position at the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1997 to 1999. Markus Maskuniitty was voted Brass Player of the Year in Finland in 1992. He has won prices at several international soloist competitions, including the international French horn competition in Markneukirchen in 1991 and the ARD-Wettbewerb in Munich in 1994. Markus Maskuniitty has held a professorship in the French horn at the Academy of Music in Hannover, Germany, since 2000.

Raimund Wippermann Raimund Wippermann studied music teaching, sacred music and choirmaster at the University of Music in Cologne and Duesseldorf. Postgraduate studies at the conservatory in Stockholm followed (amongst others with Professor Eric Ericson); several years engagement as church musician; 1991 appointment as Director of Music at the dome in Essen where he was entrusted with the direction of the dome choir and the formation of the girls choir.


Since 1997 is Raimund Wippermann professor for choir conducting at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dsseldorf where he already started as a teacher in 1990. A special emphasis of his work as professor is the choir master teaching of students of sacred music. Since August 2004 he has been the director of the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dsseldorf. Raimund Wippermann is the founder and artistic director of the chamber choir Cantemus. From 1995 until September 2000 he was also choir master of the Stdtischer Musikverein in Dsseldorf. He has been a price winner of the German choir competition with his chamber choir Cantemus in 1990 in Stuttgart and the first price in the 8th German choir competition 2010 with his girl choir of the Dome in Essen. He is a regular guest conductor of the radio choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Paul van Zelm Horn Paul van Zelm studied modern horn and natural horn with Adriaan van Woudenberg at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and with Hermann Baumann at the Folkwang Musikschule in Essen, Germany. As a student, he played in various orchestras under such illustrious conductors as Eugen Jochum, Claudio Abbado and Leonhard Bernstein. Paul van Zelm has been a member of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Cologne and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hilversum. In 1993 he was appointed first solo horn with the Dsseldorfer Symphoniker, Germany, and since 1994 is principal horn with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally Paul van Zelm plays in a number of ensembles, including the Linos Ensemble, Germany, and the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam which he recorded Mozart horn concertos with. He is in demand as a soloist throughout Europe as well as in the USA, South America and Japan. Paul van Zelm is principal horn with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Koeln. Since 1999 Paul van Zelm has been teaching as professor on the faculty of the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.

Jury Rules

The jury operates to set rules. The decisions of the jury are final. There is no right to legal appeal.

During the competition, competitors may be neither advised nor taught by members of the jury.

Judgment criteria are: artistic personality musical interpretation technical proficiency to a level which may be expected from young soloists of sufficient maturity for public performance.

Only the jury decides on the award of a prize. The jury may suspend the awarding of the prizes. Prizes may be awarded, but the jury is not required to do so. Prizes may be divided.


The distribution of prizes is as follows:

a) Jury-Prizes First Prize EUR 10.000 EUR 7.000 cash prize and EUR 3.000 scholarship Second Prize EUR 7.000 EUR 4.000 cash prize and EUR 3.000 scholarship Third Prize EUR 6.000 EUR 3.000 cash prize and EUR 3.000 scholarship Special Prize for the best interpretation of contemporary music EUR 5.000 EUR 2.000 cash prize and EUR 3.000 scholarship b) Audience Award EUR 2.000 All prizes will be awarded for the competition as a whole rather than for each instrument.

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Concert Invitations The scholarship prizes are being provided by the Meyer-Struckmann- Stiftung. The scholarship prizes are stipends to be used for concert performances. Concerts may be arranged in cooperation with the concert agency Jens Gunnar Becker in Herdecke.

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The overall winner shall be granted the title of First Prize Winner of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments 2014.

The second and third runners-up are entitled to the title Prize Winner of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments 2014.

All participants in the third round will be awarded a diploma.

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First Round, to last no longer than 15 minutes a) Luciano Berio, Sequenza I for flute solo (from memory) b) Albert Roussel, Joueurs de Flute, 1. Pan., 2. Tityre

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Compulsory Programme for Flute

Third Round a) Debussy, Laprs-midi dun faune for flute and piano (UE or Edition Jobert) b) Prokofjev, Sonate

Second Round, approximately 30 minutes a) One solo piece of free choice for flute solo, composed after 1980 b) Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Sonate e-minor, BR WFB B 17 c) Jolivet, concert (from memory)

The Finale and prize winners concert Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, concert d-major, KV 314 (from memory)

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First Round, to last no longer than 15 minutes a) Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for horn, opus 88 b) Joseph Rheinberger: Sonate opus 178, 1st movement

The jury reserves the right to have the required pieces played whole or in part.

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Compulsory Programme for Horn

Second Round, approximately 30 minutes a) Claude Pascal: Sonate (1963) (Durand Editions Musicales DF13941) b) Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate opus 17 c) Hans-Georg Pflger: Impeto (1986) (Boosey & Hawkes BB2600102)

Third Round a) Luigi Cherubini: 2nd Sonate (Sikorski 288K) b) Richard Strauss: 1st concert for horn opus 11

The Finale and prize winners concert Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: concert for horn KV 417

The concerts of Mozart and Strauss are to be played from memory. The jury reserves the right to have the required pieces played whole or in part.

First Round, to last no longer than 15 minutes a) 1st movement of a sonate of J. Brahms op. 120 (1 or 2) b) Anders Hillborg: Peacock-moment c) Edison Denisov: solo sonate

Second Round, approximately 30 minutes a) Carl Nielsen: concert (from memory) b) a solo piece for clarinet of free choice (composed after 1980)

Compulsory Programme for Clarinet

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Third Round a) Aaron Copland: concert b) Carl Maria von Weber: Grand Duo

The Finale and prize winners concert Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: concert for clarinet a-major, KV 622

The 9th Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments 2014 is open to flute, horn and clarinet.

The concerts of Carl Nielsen and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are to be played from memory. The jury reserves the right to have the required pieces played whole or in part.

The competition rounds are open for public viewing.

Terms and Conditions

Application (see application form) must reach

Wettbewerbsbro Aeolus Robert Schumann Hochschule Fischerstrasse 110 40476 Dsseldorf, Germany not later than April 30th, 2014.

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The competition will be held from 9 September to 14 September 2014 in Dsseldorf, Federal Republic of Germany.

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The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments is open to young soloists of all nationalities born on or after January 1st, 1986.

Application cannot be submitted via the internet. Space for competitors is limited. In order to ensure the consideration of an application, it is encouraged that all potential performers submit their applications earlier than the published deadline.

The application form must be completed in clear block letters and accompanied by: a copy of the applicants birth certificate, passport, or other official document a short resume, in German or English, detailing the applicants artistic career, including instructors, degrees, and/or any prizes, awards, or certificates earned a recent passport photo The documents will not be returned to the applicant.

Space for competitors is limited. Decisions regarding the acceptance of applicants are entirely at the discretion of the competition management and are based on the qualifications as evidenced by the biography as outlined under number 6. In case of equal qualifications decisicions are made on the basis of the sequence of registration. Applicants are not entitled to acceptance, and application does not guarantee a place in the competition.

Each applicant who will be admitted to the competition will receive a written confirmation of registration no later than 31 May 2014.

Registration fee is EUR 70,00. After the applicant has received the confirmation of registration, the registration fee must be transferred by the applicant until May 31st 2014 to the following: HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG bank routing number: 300 308 80 bank account number: 296 058 009 IBAN: DE48 3003 0880 0296058009 BIC: TUBDDEDD account name: Sieghardt Rometsch-Stiftung reason for payment: Aeolus Competition/name of applicant All payments must be made free of charge. If the fee is to be paid by a person other than the applicant, ensure that the applicants name is clearly indicated. The registration fee is entirely nonrefundable. A late payment will result in expulsion from competition.

Terms and Conditions


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Piano accompanists will be provided to applicants free of charge. Personal accompanists are allowed at the applicants expense. The name of the accompanist must be filled in the application form.

Applicants are responsible for their board and lodging, and that of any persons accompanying them.

Applicants and their accompanists are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the competition.

The organizer of the competition reserves the right to record each performance, all rounds, and the final concert of the competition both acoustically and optically. The records may subsequently be used for publicity purposes. The organiser also reserves the right to grant approval to radio and TV stations to broadcast and to record each performance, all rounds and the final concert of the competition. The applicants are not entitled to claim any financial compensation for the broadcast and/or recording of their performances.

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By submitting an application, the applicant agrees not to accept any engagements, that would conflict with the date and time of the competition.

The winners agree to perform in the final concert with no claim of monetary compensation.

The organizer of the competition is not liable for any losses or material damage to the applicants instruments and personal belongings. By submitting the application, the applicants agree to these conditions including these of the compulsory programs and the competition schedule.

The English version is for convenience purposes only and is not legally binding. In case of doubt, please refer to the German version, which is binding.

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Arrival and registration are to take place on Monday the 8th of September 2014 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the offices of the Robert Schumann Hochschule, Fischerstrasse 110, 40476 Dsseldorf, Germany. The opening of the competition takes place at 6 p.m. at the Robert Schumann Hochschule. It is expected that all participants will be present. Late registration will lead to disqualification of the candidate from the competition. A registered competitor delayed through no fault of his own may be granted permission to complete by the chairman of the jury if he arrives before the first round.

Competition Schedule
For each instrument, the competition will consist of three rounds and the prize winners concert. The successful completion of a round constitutes admission to the next round. The participants of the prize winners concert will be established in the third round. The first three prize winners will be determined on the basis of their concert performance.

The order in which competitors are to perform will be determined on Monday, the 8th of September 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dsseldorf. The attendance of competitors and accompanists at this event is mandatory. The performance schedule will be announced by public notice and the times as announced are to be strictly adhered to.

The name of the competitors to progress to the next round shall be announced by the chairman of the jury following the jury deliberations. All the rounds and the prize winners concert are open to the public.

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Every participant shall have the opportunity to rehearse. He will be notified of his rehearsal times by the Aeolus competition office at his arrival on Monday, the 8th of September 2014.

The prize winners concert shall take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the 14th of September 2014 in the Tonhalle Dsseldorf

Candidates are required to be present at the venue at least thirty minutes before their performance. A late appearance will lead to disqualification. If the competitor is delayed through no fault of his own, the chairman of the jury may permit further participation if the progression of the contest is not materially delayed or interrupted. The prize winners concert must not be affected by such a delay.

Also participating shall be the Dsseldorfer Symphoniker. The prize winners concert will be recorded by the radiostation Deutschlandfunk Media Partner of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments and broadcasted soon thereafter. The prize winners concert will be recorded and broadcasted worldwide via Livestreaming in the internet. The competitors whose participation in the prize winners concert was determined in the third round and the winner of the special prize for the best interpretation of contemporary music are required to attend the concert as soloists and to receive their prize in person. The awards ceremony shall take place after the concert.

The competition commences on Tuesday, the 9th of September 2014 at 10 a.m. First round: 9th/10th September 2014 Second round: 10th/11th September 2014 Third round:11th/12th September 2014 Orchestra-rehearsal: 13th September 2014 Prize winners concert: 14th September 2014 Candidates are required to inform themselves in person of their performance schedule.

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