The International Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments has firmly established itself as a worldwide recognized stage for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone and Tuba. It takes place once a year in Düsseldorf since 2006.
Each year three of the Instrument groups are opened for competition: 2023 the competition calls for Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. The total prize money is € 60,000, the first prize wins € 20,000.
The 2023 Competition is open to young soloists of all nationalities born on or after January 1st, 1995.
Please complete your CV in your profile and check whether you have provided information on previous participation in music competitions, prizes and scholarships, etc., as this information is mandatory.
Please download and read carefully the competition brochure before applying.
Arrival and registration are to take place on Monday the 4th of September 2023 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the office of the Robert Schumann Hochschule, Fischerstrasse 110, 40476 Düsseldorf, Germany
The opening of the competition takes place at 6 p.m. at the Robert Schumann Hochschule. It is expected that all participants will be present.
Late registration will lead to disqualification of the candidate from the competition. A registered competitor delayed through no fault of their own may be granted permission to complete by the chairman of the jury, if they arrives before the first round.
First Round, to last no longer than 15 minutes
a) Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuett 1 & 2 und Gigue aus der Cello Suite Nr.1
b) Vagn Holmboe: Sonate
Paul Hindemith: Sonate
Second Round to last not longer than 30 minutes (It must be ensured that the total length of the selected works does not exceed 30 minutes)
a) William Kraft: Encounter II
Samuel Adler: Canto VII
Henrik Colding Jørgensen: Boast
b) Armand Russell: Suite Concertante (Piano reduction)
Alfred Desenclos: Suite Brève
Third Round, to last not longer than 30 minutes
a) Áskell Másson: Aeolus
b) Georges Barboteu: Prélude et Cadence
Marcel Bitsch: Intermezzo
c) Jacques Castérède: Sanotine
Julius Jacobsen: Tuba Buffo
Finals and prize winner's concert with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
John Williams: Tuba Concerto
The concerto of John Williams must be performed by heart. For the required pieces the jury reserves the right to hear them whole or excerpts thereof.
Candidates are required to write a short bio when confirming participation for use in programs or booklets, 500 characters maximum.