The National Cello Competition is an essential part of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam. In 2020 it took place for the eigth time.
11 talented cellists from the Netherlands or studying in the Netherlands presented themselves to an international jury and online audience during two rounds.
The Jury 2020
Sven Arne Tepl
Participating cellists must meet the requirements as listed in the attached file. Before applying for the competition, please read this important document thoroughly.
Prize for best interpretation of the commissioned work
Sena Cello CD Prize
The Sena Cello CD Prize gives the winner the opportunity to record a CD. The prize is made possible by Sena Performers.
Kronberg Academy Master Class Prize
Since 2012, the competition has been enriched by a new prize: the Kronberg Academy Master Class Prize. This prize allows the three finalists to follow masterclasses in Kronberg, Germany accommodated by the Kronberg Academy. The Kronberg Academy is an academy for string players focused on coaching international talent of the highest order. The academy was founded 20 years ago under the patronage of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and Marta Casals-Istomin.
Start in Splendor prize
As winner of the Start in Splendor Prize you get the opportunity and budget to prove yourself as a cultural entrepreneur and professional artist. You organize and present a concert, taking responsibility for the program, attracting the audience, and finances. The prize is awarded to the candidate with the best proposal that has also reached the second round.
Solo performance with orchestra
The winner of the First Prize receives the opportunity to play a solo concerto with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra or the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Gewa Cello Air 3.9
The finalists of the National Cello Competition are offered by Gewa Music the pricewinning cello case Cello Air 3.9 in the color of their choice.
Photoshoot with Sarah Wijzenbeek
The winners of the First, Second and Third Prize are offered a photoshoot with Sarah Wijzenbeek..
The laureates are offered concerts at various concert series and festivals in the Netherlands. The First Prize winner gets the first option on the concerts.