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: 2021 the competition calls for Bassoon, Flute and Oboe. The total prize money is € 60,000, the first prize wins € 20,000.

19. February 2021

First round of the Aeolus Competition will be held via video

Due to the still unfortunately unpredictable situation in the pandemic, we have decided to realize the first round of the competition in this exceptional case once by video recording. AFTER the invitation by the competition office, the complete respective repertoire of the first round must be recorded by video in one single recording without editing. Here, for reasons of fairness, the accompanied works must be recorded WITHOUT piano or harpsichord. The exact recording conditions will be communicated to the selected participants by e-mail together with the invitation to the competition.

This means following changes to the schedule:

19. February 2021

Registration fee for participants of the 2021 edition of the Aeolus Competition reduced

Given the fact that providing a recording for the first round will eventually cause additional costs to the participants, and having in mind that we all are having such difficult times, we decided to reduce the registration fee in this year.

Participants of the first round will need to make a payment of only 50,- € after receiving the invitation to take part in the first round.

Corona clause: In case the competition has to be cancelled due to the corona crisis, we will refund the full registration fee to the applicants.

Aeolus Competition

20. January 2021

Information on the Corona crisis

Dear interested musicians and teachers!

We currently expect the competition to take place in September and ask to submit applications by 30 April 2021 as planned.

It should be noted that the payment of the registration fee does not have to be made at the time of registration, but rather only after you have received our invitation. Corona now gives much time - use it musically and productively  - and stay healthy! With our very best wishes,

your Team of the Aeolus Competition

CORONA CLAUSE: In case the Competition has to be cancelled due do Corona Crisis, we will refund the full registration fee of to the applicants.

20. January 2021

Digital applications will be accepted

Due to the current situation, we will accept digital applications this year:

please scan or photograph the fully completed Application form and mail it to info(at), including a scan/photo of your ID/passport and a photo (as JPEG or PDF).

You will get a confirmation of your Registration. Payment does not need to be made now, but after an Invitation has been received

22. September 2019

First Price for Jonathon Ramsay

(from left) Philippe Schwarz, Jonathon Ramsay, Ross Knight, Lennard Czakaj

The winner of the first prize of the 14th International Aeolus Competition and winner of of the Audience Award is Jonathon Ramsay.

15. June 2016

What has become of the prize-winners ?

Ross Knight - Winner 2019
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Solo Tuba
Bora Demir - Winner 2018
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Solo Horn
Pascal Deuber - Winner 2018
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg - Solo Horn