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Anna Kull International Cello Competition


 

The nice city of Graz will be the location of the first edition of the Anna Kull International Cello Competition in the days between 10 February and 20 February 2020.

The competition, organized by the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, takes its name from the cellist Anna Ludwika Kull. Born in Klausenburg (then Transylvania, today Cluij-Napoca, Romania) on 21 October 1841 and raised in a family of musical aristocrats in Switzerland, Anna, after her first cello lessons with her father, continued her studies with the Swiss cellist Adam Schleich in Zurich, and then, from 1855, with Hippolyt Müller, the solo cellist of the Hofkapelle of Monaco. Her studies brought her talent to its maximum development. So Anna was able to perform in numerous concerts throughout Europe from an early age, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, touching Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, and for a short time in London. At that time, for a woman, performing in public concerts still meant having achieved a truly remarkable result, even though at that time this possibility was beginning to become more common. Among her last and rare, we remember a charity event in Graz, December 6, 1877, in which she performed with Richard Sahla on the violin, and with Mrs. Piersch on the piano. Anna Kull died in Italy, in Trento in 1923, at the age of 82, leaving her instrument to the city of Graz as a legacy, to emphasize her personal connection with the city.

The central theme of the competition will be “playing cantante”, that particular way of playing, well known to every cellist, which highlights the timbric and expressive affinities between the cello and the human voice. This choice aims to create an ideal link with the style and sound of the cellist Anna Kull as described by the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik: “a beautiful, soft sound, an elegant style especially for the cantabile that warms the heart“.

Participation in the competition is open to all cellists of every nation, born between 2000 and 2006, who wish to take the opportunity to submit their musical personality to the judgment of an international jury of the highest level, and to compare their own experience musical with that of other cellists, coming from different study paths and from other cultural contexts.

The applicants will be divided into three groups according to the different ages. The first group includes those born in 2005 and 2006, the second largest group those born in 2003 and 2004, the third group those born in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

The competition will take place in the prestigious halls of Palais Meran (Leonhardstraße 15, 8010 Graz) and of Theater im Palais (Leonhardstraße 19, 8010 Graz). The winners of the competition will have the extraordinary opportunity to perform in a gala concert with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Ingo Ingensand, at the Grazer Operthe second opera house in Austria. Additionally, prize winners will be invited for concerts by the Jeunesse Austria and have the tremendous opportunity to perform at the styriarte festival.

The jury will be composed of top-level musicians: Julian Arp, David Geringas, Monika Leskovar, Milos Mlejnik, Gergely Mohl, Ditta Rohmann and Wen-Sinn Yang. Not only will the jurors be dedicated to listening and judging the participants to award prizes to the best cellists, but they will also support young talented musicians in coaching sessions.

During the competition period, the famous “Cello Duello” consisting of Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt will perform to make this event even more fascinating.

The jury will be composed of top-level musicians: Julian Arp, David Geringas, Monika Leskovar, Milos Mlejnik, Gergely Mohl, Ditta Rohmann and Wen-Sinn Yang. Not only will the jurors be dedicated to listening and judging the participants to award prizes to the best cellists, but they will also support young talented musicians in coaching sessions.

The registration deadline is November 14, 2019. A cheaper registration fee is required from “early birds” that will register for the Competition by October 31, 2019.

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Contact
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz
Leonhardstraße 15 A-8010 Graz
+43 316 389-1900
cellocompetition@kug.ac.at