Berlin to Host Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann Cello Competition

Twelve young cellists were selected to take part in the competition, which is to be held in Berlin from November 15-22, 2022

In tribute to cellist Emanuel Feuermann, the Kronberg Academy and Berlin University of the Arts initiated the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann international cello competition under the patronage of Daniel Barenboim.

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of Emanuel Feuermann’s birthday, which is November 22, 1902, the competition will offer audiences in Berlin a week of the most diverse cello repertoire performed at the highest level.

The fifth edition of the competition will be held from November 15 to 22, 2022. After an online preliminary round, the following three rounds will be held live at various locations across Berlin — such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Great Hall of the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Haus des Rundfunks, and the Berlin University of the Arts.

Competitors in the second round, semi-final, and final will be performing with the ensemble Metamorphosen Berlin, members of the Boccherini Trio, and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Josef Bastian.

Prize winners will be awarded up to €15,000 in prize money and will receive professional development support for their future musical careers.

The competition will open – as it did 20 years ago at the first Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann — in the Great Hall of the Jewish Museum Berlin on  November 15, featuring works by Francis Poulenc, Marc Bouchkov, Efrem Podgaits, and Johannes Brahms. Performing artists will include cellists and former prize winners Giorgi Kharadze and Aurélien Pascal, violinist Alissa Margulis, and pianists Chiyan Wong and Julien Quentin.


The competition schedule will continue as follows:

Quarter-Finals: November 16 and 17, Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin

Semi-Finals: November 19, Berlin University of the Arts

Final: November 21, Berlin’s Haus des Rundfunks (Broadcasting House)


The three finalists will perform cello concertos by Edward Elgar, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Robert Schumann alongside the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin directed by Joseph Bastian.

The winner of the audience prize will also be selected by listeners during this concert. All winners of the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann prizes will be announced directly after the concert.

The 2022 jury includes Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (chairman), Anthony Elliott, Karine Georgian, David Geringas, Xenia Jankovic, Jens Peter Maintz, Jérôme Pernoo, Founder and Chairman of the Kronberg Academy Foundation Raimund Trenkler, and Hillel Zori.


The competitors in the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2022:

Luca Giovannini, Italy

Johannes Gray, USA

Christoph Heesch, Germany

Irena Josifoska, Hungary

Bumjun Kim, France

Minji Kim, South Korea

Jiayi Liu, China

Keisuke Morita, Japan

Ivan Skanavi, Russia

Benett Tsai, Australia


From 2002 to 2014, the cello competition is held in Berlin every four years, accompanied with multiple concerts leading up to the event. The competition was named after Emanuel Feuermann, a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts until he was forced to emigrate in 1933. The first Grand Prix was held 20 years ago to mark Feuermann’s centenary.

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