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: 2020 the competition calls for Horn, Clarinet and Saxophone. The total prize money is € 60,000, the first prize wins € 20,000.

24. March 2020

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 2020 as planned.

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

your Team of Aeolus Competition

2. October 2019

Prices have been doubled

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.

Aeolus Competition

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