“Competitions are for horses, not for artists”, said Béla Bartók. But we know better. Winning a competition often is a stepping-stone to the major stages, the making of a first album, publicity among the audience, in other words the start of a good career. This was the path for the first six winners of the National Cello Competition: the most exciting part of the Biennale.

Who is succeeding Harriet Krijgh, Anton Mecht Spronk and Alexander Warenberg? Who is going to be the seventh laureate of the National Cello Competition? A maximum of fifteen Dutch students or foreign cellists who are studying in the Netherlands, under the age of 27, can present themselves in front of an international jury and audience. The program includes a piece for cello solo by Theo Loevendie, which he composed especially for the competition. During the finals on the 26th of October in the Main Hall of Het Muziekgebouw, the three finalists will play the cello concerto in a by Robert Schumann. Registration is possible until the 1st of June!