The National Cello Competition is an essential part of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam. In 2018 it takes place for the seventh time.
A maximum of 15 talented cellists from or studying in the Netherlands may present themselves to an international jury and audience during a preliminary round, two regular rounds, and one final round.
Sven Arne Tepl
Wednesday 27 June 2018
- Johann Sebastian Bach Courante and Sarabande from Suite 1, 2 or 3 (without repeats)
- Antonín Dvořák Rondo in g, opus 94
- Max Reger Scherzo from Suite 3, opus 131 c (without repeats)
Accompanist: Noriko Yabe or own pianist
Not accessible for audience.
Please note: all participants who are selected for the first round are requested to write a plan for the Start in Splendor Prize. See requirements below.
Friday and saturday 19 and 20 October 2018
Main Hall, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
- Luigi Boccherini* Sonata in A, G13 (without repeats)
- Theo Loevendie Commissioned work available from 1 July
- Frédéric Chopin Cello Sonata in g, opus 65 parts 2 and 3: Scherzo and Largo
- Gabriel Fauré Papillon, opus 77
Accompanists from the First Round:
Cello - Geneviève Verhage
Piano - Daniël Kramer, Daniël Kool
Candidats may bring their own accompanists
* For the Boccherini Sonata the Cello Biënnale recommends the first edition: Boccherini Sonata in A, G13
As a second choice the Cello Biënnale recommends the Wakelkamp Edition: www.editionwakelkamp.com
Tuesday 23 October 2018
Main Hall, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
1. Ludwig van Beethoven Choose from:
a) Twelf variations in F, op. 66: “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen”
b) Twelf variations in G, WoO 45: “Judas Maccabaeus”
c) Seven variations in Es, WoO 46: “Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen”
2. Claude Debussy Sonata for cello and piano in D, L. 135
3. Choose from:
a) Max Reger Sonata no. 3 in F, opus 78: andante con variazioni
b) Johannes Brahms Sonata in F, opus 99: adagio
c) Richard Strauss Sonata in F, opus 6: andante ma non troppo
4. Giovanni Sollima Alone for cello solo (contact michael neuburger for more information about the sheet music)
For tickets to the Second Round click here.
Friday 26 October 2018
Main Hall, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
- Robert Schumann Cello Concerto in a, opus 129
Symphonyorchestra of the Conservatory of Amsterdam
Dirk Vermeulen, conductor
For tickets to the Finals click here.
Participating cellists must meet the requirements as listed in the attached file. Before applying for the competition, please read this important document thoroughly.
The registration is closed on 1 June.
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.
Saturday 27 oktober 2018 - Cello Coupé*, Grote Zaal Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
Wednesday 31 oktober 2018 - Lunch concert*, Kleine Zaal Concertgebouw
Sunday 18 november 2018 - Concert recital* Delft De Veste
16-21 March 2019 - Festival concert Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog
21 March 2019 - Happy Bach&Breakfast in cooperation with 24Classics, TBD
1 May 2019 - Laureates concert in cooperation with Oskar Back and YPF*, Grote Zaal Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
May 2019 - Start in Splendor, Splendor Amsterdam (winner Start in Splendor Prize)
July/August 2019 - Festival concert, Delft Chamber Music Festival
July 2019 - Festival concert, Wonderfeel
Augustus 2019 - Festivaloptreden, Grachtenfestival
August 2019 - Concert in Rising stars, Zeister Muziekdagen
25 October 2019 - Sneak Preview*, Cello Biënnale Amsterdam
12 January 2020 - Concert recital Oude Kerk, Oosterbeek
23February 2020 - Coffee concert 1 hour, De Flint Amersfoort
11 July 2020 - Laureates concert in cooperation with Oskar Back and VU-Orkest*, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
October 2020 - Concert during Cello Biënnale Amsterdam 2020*, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
Season 19/20 Concert recital Gouda
Season 19/20 Concert with orchestra Nedpho*
* These concerts are given by the First Prize winner of the National Cello Competition 2018.