The International Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments has firmly established itself as a worldwide recognized stage for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone and Tuba. It takes place once a year in Düsseldorf since 2006.

Aeolus Competition is open to young musicians of all nationalities younger than 28 years. Each year three of the Instrument groups are opened for competition: 2023 the competition calls for Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. The total prize money is € 60,000, the first prize wins € 20,000.


Winners of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments 2022 on Deutschlandfunk:

2.10.2022, 21:05 Uhr, Konzertdokument der Woche

28. September 2022

What has become of the prize-winners ?

Traian Sturza - Winner 2021
Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra - Solo Bassoon
Lennard Czakaj - Winner 2019
Staatstheater Stuttgart - Solo Trumpet, Prize-winner Maurice André Competition 2022
Jonathan Ramsay - Winner 2019
Munich Philharmony - Solo Trombone
Ross Knight - Winner 2019
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Solo Tuba

Philippe Schwarz - Winner 2019

Stadttheater Gießen - Solo Trombone

11. September 2022

Oliver Shermacher winns the 16th International Aeolus Competition

This Year`s prize winners are:

1. Prize: Oliver Shermacher, Clarinet

2. Prize: Karsten Hoffmann, Horn

3. Prize: Salvatore Alessandro Miceli, Saxophone


Audience Award: Oliver Shermacher, Clarinet


The Special Prize for the best interpretation of a contemporary piece: Roman Markelov, Saxophone


4th Prize: Lev Zhuravskii, Clarinet

5th Prize: Miho Sumiya, Saxophone

6th Prize: Roman Markelov, Saxophone