For the first time in the history of the International Aeolus Competition a woman has won the first prize. The 28-year old Swedish Louise Pollock convinced the eight-member jury at the winners' concert on Sunday (18). The trombonist played at the Concert Hall of Düsseldorf the Concertino Op. 4 of Ferdinand David. She also won the Audience Award. Since 2015 Pollock is principal trombonist in Göteborg.
The 24-year-old tuba player Constantin Hartwig got the second price. The musician from Germany won earlier this year the German Music Competition in the category Tuba Solo.
The trumpeter Roeland Henkens won the third prize. The 25-year-old Belgian is principal trumpeter at the Norske Opera & Ballet in Oslo, the largest music theater in Norway.
The special prize for the best interpretation of contemporary music went to Lionel Jaquerod. The 25-year-old trumpeter is "Akademist" of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Jaquerod is the winner of the 11th Jeju International Brass & Percussion Competition in South Korea.
The Deutschlandradio, media partner of the Aeolus competition has recorded the winners' concert at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf and will broadcast it on January 15 2017 at 9 pm.