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.

1. January 2024

2024 application phase has started!

Applications for the Competition of 2024 - Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet have started. You find the application form >here on our muvac platform.

Space for competitors is limited. In order to ensure the consideration of an application, we encourage all applicants to submit their applications earlier than the published deadline. Please also check your muvac profile and make sure you have filled in all information about former competition prizes and participations, as well as information about orchestra jobs you had or have. This is vital for the decision about invitations as we expect more applications than we can invite.

Application deadline is April 30, 2024.


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 ?

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