Announcement of the 60th International Interpretation Competition Beethovenův Hradec in the Cello Category

The jubilee 60th edition of the International Interpretation Competition Beethovenův Hradec will focus on cello performance and will take place from June 10 to 14, 2025, in Opava.

The competition is open to performers up to the age of 30. Applications will open in the fall of 2024, and the competition is limited to 35 participants.

Complete competition conditions can be downloaded here:

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Violinists from all over the world competed in the Beethoven's Hradec International Competition.

The 59th Beethoven's Hradec International Interpretation Competition took place in Opava. It was attended by 38 talented performers from all over the world, which is the maximum number, and this time they competed in the violin game.

Photos of the finalists

Three finalists advanced to the finals. The first to perform was Sakura Nakagawa z Japonska, která se představila s Čajkovského Koncertem D dur op. 35, za jehož provedení získala 2. místo. Po ní přišla na pódium rakouská houstistka Katharina Auer, která si pro finále vybrala Dvořákův Koncert a moll op., za něž obdržela 3. místo. Po krátké přestávce vystoupil nejmladší finalista Yungi Kaneko z Německa s Beethovenovým Koncert v D dur op. 61., kterého porota vybrala za the winner of the 59th edition of Beethoven Hradec..

Photos of the finalists were taken by Martin Kusyn.

Photos of the finals

The grand finale of the 59th Beethoven Hradec took place on Sunday, June 16, in the church of St. Vaclav's. Three finalists – Sakura Nakagawa, Katharina Auer and Yungi Kaneko – presented themselves before the jury, chaired by the concert master of the Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Vodička, each of finalists performed the selected concert accompanied by the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, conducted by Stanislav Vavřínek.

Look at the photos of Martin Kusyn, who captured the atmosphere of the concert and the international jury.

Results of 59th Beethoven's Hradec

After the grand finale in the St. Václav’s Church on sunday the 16th of June we already know the winners ot this year's competition.

The prizes go to:

  • 1st place: Yungi Kaneko
  • 2nd place: Sakura Nakagawa
  • 3rd place: Katharina Auer
  • The dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music of the Univerzity of Ostrava Prize: Jelin Lee
  • The Presto Art Agency Prize: Ewa Wetzel

All competitors has also gained The Bärenreiter Praha Music Publisher Prize.

The jury has awarded the Matice Slezská Prize for he Matice Slezská Prize for excellent piano accompaniment to MgA. Martina Hájková and MgA. Alexandr Starý.

foto: Martin Kusyn

Photos of 2nd round

Only the top nine violinists advanced to the second round. They faced a challenging 45-minute program in front of an attentive jury. The three best were selected for the final.

Results of 2nd round

We congratulate for all wonderfull performances. For the 3rd round will however continue only three competitor:

  • Nakagawa Sakura
  • Auer Katharina
  • Kaneko Yungi

The final will take place on sunday 16 June at 3 p.m. in the St. Václav’s Church with Janáček Filharmonic Ostrava.

Photos from Ceremonial opening

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, we ceremoniously opened the 59th edition of the Beethoven's Hradec International Interpretation Competition, which this year is dedicated to violin performance. Take a look at the photos from the drawing of the competition order by the jury chairman Jiří Vodička and from the subsequent opening concert by Beata Warykiewicz-Siwy and Magdalena Duś in the filled hall of the Minorite Monastery.

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