Second Round

National Cello Competition
Tue 5 Nov 10:30 - 15:45
Main Hall
Tue 5 Nov
10:30 - 15:45
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Choice of:

  • Twelve variations in F “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen"
  • Twelve variations in G “Judas Maccabaeus”
  • Seven variations in E flat “Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen”

Zoltán Kodály Duo for violin and cello, first movement: allegro serioso non troppo
Choice of one of the commissioned works for the National Cello Competition
Efraim Zimbalist Fantasy on Le Coq d’Or by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


Competition accompanists:
Daniël Kramer piano
Bas Treub violin


In the First Round of the competition participants always perform a new composition, the commissioned work. In this anniversary edition the participants can choose one of the commissioned works from previous competitions to perform in the Second Round. Since the first edition in 2006 these commissioned works have been written by: Theo Verbey, Oene van Geel, Wilbert Bulsink, Yannis Kyriakides, Micha Hamel, Rob Zuidam, Theo Loevendie, Martijn Padding and Calliope Tsoupaki.

Chamber music skills and sense of style are tested in Kodály’s duo for violin and cello and in one of the variation pieces for cello and piano by Beethoven. The pièce de résistance will be the Fantasy by Efrim Zimbalist, which even on the violin is a fiendishly virtuosic work.