The six semi-finalists will be playing the compelling ‘Adagio Cantabile’ from Haydn’s Symphony No. 13 – in itself a veiled largo movement from a cello concerto accompanied by strings. Three of the semi-finalists will be playing in the morning and the remaining three that same afternoon. Poulenc’s and Britten’s sonatas are unquestionably two of the greatest 20th-century cello sonatas, as is Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante – all very much in keeping with the theme ‘The Cello Takes Over’.
Fifteen young Dutch or Dutch-based cellists under the age of 27 will be performing and competing over three rounds in front of an international jury and the general public. The jury will be judging not only the winners of the first, second and third prizes, but also the winners of the incentive prize, and the best interpretation of the commissioned piece composed by our composer-in-residence, Martijn Padding. And as always, the public will decide the public prize.
The jury for this seventh National Cello Competition comprises Monique Bartels (The Netherlands), Marc Coppey (France), Amparo Lacruz (Spain), Reinhard Latzko (Germany), Quirine Viersen (The Netherlands), Jan-Ype Nota (The Netherlands) and jury chairman Sven Arne Tepl (The Netherlands). The jury’s secretary is Patty Hamel.
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