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.

The audience prize will be € 2,000 and the special prize for the best interpretation of contemporary music keeps the amount of € 7,000.

The International Aeolus Competition has been held annually since 2006 at the Robert Schumann Music University. The Competition is focused on nine symphonic wind instruments. Horn, clarinet and saxophone are on the Programme for next year. Since 2011 the wind competition has been part of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. Many international competitors have started their worldwide musical career from here.

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. The Australian is the first trombonist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. The jury awarded second prize to Ross Knight, solo tubist with the Orchester de la Suisse Romande. The young Scot is studying in Hanover with Prof. Jens Bjørn-Larsen. The trumpeter Lennard Czakaj received the third prize. The young Pole studied with Prof. Klaus Schuhwerk at the University of Music in Basel and is a scholarship holder of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe. Philippe Schwarz, principal trombonist at the Stadttheater Gießen, is the winner of the Prize for the Best Contemporary Interpretation. He complete a master's degree in Hannover with Prof. Jonas Bylund.

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
Matvej Demin - Winner 2017
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich - Solo Flute, Gold Medal of Tchaikowsky Competition 2019
Christoph Schneider - Winner 2017
Duisburger Philharmoniker - Solo Clarinet
Roeland Henkens - Winner 2016
since 2016 Solotrompeter at the National Opera Haus Oslo
Louise Pollock - Winner 2016
Solo Trombone Göteborg Opera Orchestra
Andreas Cellacchi - Winner 2015
from 2016 Solo Fagott Konzerthausorchester, Berlin
Claire Wickes - Winner 2014
from 2016 First Flute English National Opera
Blaz Sparovec - Winner  2014
from 2015 Solo Clarinet  Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Theo Plath - Winner 2012
HR Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt - Solo Bassoon
Bartek Dus - Winner  2012
from 2013 lecturer of classical Saxophone at the Academy of Music in Katovice, Poland
Sergey Elecky -Winner 2011
Solo Clarinet Russian National Orchestra
Alec Frank Gemmill - Winner 2011
Solo Horn Scottish Chamber Ochestra
Fabian Neuhaus - Winner 2010
from 2012 Solo Trumpet NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
Lars Karlin - Winner 2010
from 2014 Solo Trombone Berlin Concerthaus Orchestra
Vikentios Gionanidis - Winner 2010
from 2013/14 Solo Tuba Deutsche Oper Berlin
Jonatan Rautiola - Winner 2009
from 2013 lecturer of Classical Saxophone at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki, from 2013 Dozent classical Saxophone at the Tampere Music Academy Finnland
Angelos Kritikos - Winner 2008
2010 Solo Trombone Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Lukas Beno - Winner 2007
1. Solo Trumpet at Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Paolo Mendes - Winner 2007
2010/2011 Solo Horn German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin
Balazc Toth - Winner 2007
from 2012 Solo Trumpet Dortmund Philharmonic
Philipp Tutzer -  Winner 2006
Solo Bassoon Mozarteum-Orchester Salzburg, Lecturer of the Anton Bruckner University Linz
Matthias Schorn - Finalist 2006
from 2007 Solo Clarinet Wiener Philharmoniker
Koryun Asatryan -  Winner 2006
from 2011/12 lecturer for classical saxophone at the Musikhochschule in Munich