16. Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments
Start: Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 11.00 a.m.

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: 2022 the competition calls for Clarinet, Horn and Saxophone. The total prize money is € 60,000, the first prize wins € 20,000.

The prize winners' concert takes place in Tonhalle Düsseldorf on Sunday, 11th September. You will hear playing Düsseldorfer Symphoniker conducted by Vitali Alekseenok.

The international reputation of the competition is based on its high profiled jury. The respected jury of this year is Horn Players Radovan Vlatkovic and Frøydis Ree Wekre, Clarinet Players Michel Lethiec and Ralph Manno, Saxophone players Alexandre Souillart and Daniel Gauthier as well as Raimund Wippermann, the headmaster of Robert Schumann Hochschule. This year the head of the jury is conductor Christoph Campestrini.

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

7. September 2022

Free admission to the competition rounds at Robert Schumann Hochschule

Those, who would like to experience first class wind playing, are more than welcome to come and watch the audition rounds. Clarinet, Horn and Saxophone are in this year's programme.

The competition start on Tuesday, 5th September, in the rooms of Hochschule. Four audition rounds are on the programme, the public is always welcome. The assessments are taking place until Friday, 9th September, starting each day at 10:00 in Partika-Saal or in the main building nearby. Please pay attention to the relevant schedules on the website.

Aeolus Competition


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 ?

Lennard Czakaj - Winner 2019
Staatstheater Stuttgart - Solo Trumpet
Jonathan Ramsay - Winner 2019
Münich Philharmony - Solo Trombone
Ross Knight - Winner 2019
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Solo Tuba