The Sieghardt-Rometsch Foundation in Düsseldorf doubles the prize money for the International Aeolus Competition. From September 2020, the foundation will pay out a total of 60,000 euros. The first prize will be increased from 10,000 to 20,000 euros. The second prize rises from 7,000 to 15,000 euros. The third prize will be 10,000 - instead of the previous 6,000. In addition, there will be prize from € 1,000 to € 1,800 for fourth to sixth place. In additio, the semi-finalists receive 500 euros as a scholarship. "We want to expand our international reputation with the new attractive prizes," explains Sieghardt Rometsch, the founder of the competition.
The audience prize will be € 2,000 and the special prize for the best interpretation of contemporary music keeps the amount of € 7,000.
The International Aeolus Competition has been held annually since 2006 at the Robert Schumann Music University. The Competition is focused on nine symphonic wind instruments. Horn, clarinet and saxophone are on the Programme for next year. Since 2011 the wind competition has been part of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. Many international competitors have started their worldwide musical career from here.