The most exciting part of the Cello Biënnale has finished! After the nerve-racking finals of the National Cello Competition, where the three finalists played the fantastic and very difficult Schumann cello concerto, the jury decided that Eline Hensels is the First Prize Winner. The jury: “You are present, you take the musical space you need and you work energetically.” Hensels also won the Audience Prize.

Amke te Wies received the Second Prize, the Prize for best interpretation of the commissioned work and the Start in Splendor Prize. Irene Enzlin won the Third Prize. The Incentive Prize went to Tom Feltgen.

The finalists played Robert Schumann’s cello concerto accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, led by director Dirk Vermeulen. As part of the prize, Eline Hensels is playing four more concerts this year:

–          During Cello Coupe, the final concert of the Biennale
–          28th October – during the Sunday morning concert in the Spiegelzaal of the Royal Cocertgebouw
–          31st October – during the lunch concert in the Small Hall of the Concertgebouw
–          18th November in De Veste in Delfte

For the whole concert program of the winners look on www.nationaalcelloconcours.nl.

The international jury decided on the winners of the First, Second and Third prize, the Incentive prize and the prize for best interpretation of the commissioned work, this time composed by Theo Loevendie. The Start in Splendor Prize is allocated by a different jury, existing of a musician and a board member of concert hall Splendor in Amsterdam and artistic director and managing director of the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam. As a learning trajectory, Splendor gives the winner the opportunity to organize and present a concert.

The jury of the seventh National Cello Competition existed of Monique Bartels (Netherlands), Kristina Blaumane (Latvia), Matt Haimovitz (Israël/USA), Reinhard Latzko (Germany), Arnau Tomàs (Spain), Chu Yi-Bing (China), Sven Arne Tepl (chairman, Netherlands).