„…the Aeolus-Contest made it possible to delight Duesseldorf with a world class musical event and put itself on the top of the international competition scene since its inception. 

This much is certain, after the success in Duesseldorf the doors of big orchestras will be wide open for the winners.”

das Orchester
Magazine for Musicians and Management
Dezember 2018

Press about Aeolus Competition


"The International Aeolus winds competition has become one of the most acknowledged Music competitions of the world. What Tchaikowski or Chopin competition is for piano players, Aeolus is now for wind Players from all over the world: the top."

Rheinische Post, August 19/20, 2017


"Brass- and Woodwind Players on Maximum high Level. Excellent Concerts at International Aeolus winds competition."

NRZ, September 18, 2017


"The exclusive Musical Event of Düsseldorf which gained worldwide recognition."

WAZ, 7. September 2017


"The International Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments has firmly established itself as a worldwide recognized stage for wind Instrument players."

Annual Book 2017, World Federation of International Music Competitions

"Sometimes the stress and disappointments in competitions also effect the judges of the competition. This was absolutely not the case at the Aeolus Competition in Düsseldorf; although not all the judges agreed with the results, which were very close, all finished the week only with deepest respect for each other."

"Roger Bobo's Blog" (Brass - Legend), October 25th 2016

Prof. Reinhold Friedrich about Aeolus Competition

"...It has gained a great importance in the music scene, it´s quite a phenomenon. It is really THE competition for wind players. We don´t really have many others: there is Munich, there is Marktneukirchen. Some years ago, there was Geneva. But today, Aeolus is really a first address for Brass and Wind players. I would not know which competition to put on the same level."

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At the 12th International Aeolus winds competition, there was no first prize this time. The eight-man jury awarded two second places after the Preisträgerkonzert in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. They went to the French saxophonist Eudes Bernstein and to the Russians Matvey Demin. The 24-year-old flutist also won the audience price. Demin has been solo flutist in the Tonhalle Zurich orchestra for three years and has most recently studied with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht in Munich.

The second prize-winner, Eudes Bernstein, is 23 years old and still studies with Prof. Claude Delangle in Paris. The third prize of the Aeolus competition went to the clarinetist Christoph Schneider. The 28-year-old has been the first soloklarinettist for the Duisburg Philharmonic since last year. Schneider, who most recently studied with Prof. Ralph Manno in Cologne, also won the special prize for the best interpretation of contemporary Music.