The National Cello Competition is an essential part of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam.
15 talented cellists from the Netherlands or studying in the Netherlands will present themselves during the Cello Biennale 2022 to an international jury and live audience. In 2022, the competition will take place for the ninth time.
Monday June 27th, 2022, BIMHUIS (closed for audience)
J.S. Bach Suite no 4: Allemande (only the first repeat)
György Ligeti Solo Sonata: 2nd movement Cappriccio
Robert Schumann Romance no 1, opus 94
Thursday October 20 & Friday 21 2022, Main Hall Muziekgebouw
Luigi Boccherini Sonata in A major, G4 (with 2 celli)
Calliope Tsoupaki New work for cello solo
Johannes Brahms Sonatensatz, Scherzo
Tuesday October 25th 2022, Main Hall Muziekgebouw
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata no 4
David Popper Fantasy on little Russian Songs, opus 43 (cello solo and string quintet)
Toshiro Mayazumi Bunraku for cello solo
Kaija Saariaho Sept Papillons for cello solo
Mstislav Rostropovitsj Humoresque
Paul Tortellier Spirales
Friday October 28th, 2022, Main Hall Muziekgebouw
Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, opus 85
With the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, conducted by Sander Teepen
Registration for NCC 2022 has started
The Jury 2022
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.