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: 2024 the competition calls for Bassoon, Flute and Clarinet. The total prize money is € 60,000, the first prize wins € 20,000.


Winners of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments 2023 on Deutschlandfunk:

8.10.2023, 21.05 Uhr, Konzertdokument der Woche

10. September 2023

Winner of the Aeolus Competition 2023 is James Vaughen

The winners of the Competition are:

1st Prize: James Vaughen

2nd Prize: Xianhua Liu

3rd Prize: Polina Tarasenko

4th Prize: Elai Grisaru

5th Prize: Filippo Lombardi

6th Prize: Roberto de la Guía Martínez


Audience Prize: James Vaughen

Prize for best interpretation of a contemporary piece: Sophie Bright

28. September 2022

What has become of the prize-winners ?

Xianhua Liu - Preisträger 2023

Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven - Solo Tuba

Karsten Hoffmann - Preisträger 2022

Staatsoper Berlin - Solo Horn

Traian Sturza - Winner 2021
Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra - Solo Bassoon
Gioele Coco - Winner 2020

Neue Philharmonie Westfalen - Solo Oboe

Lennard Czakaj - Winner 2019
Staatstheater Stuttgart - Solo Trumpet, Prize-winner Maurice André Competition 2022
Jonathan Ramsay - Winner 2019
Berlin Philharmony - Solo Trombone, Prize-winner of ARD Competition 2022
Ross Knight - Winner 2019
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Solo Tuba

Philippe Stier - Winner 2019

MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig - Solo Trombone