The 30-year-old Belgian musician takes home a top prize of €10,000 and an Adriano Massari bow

Wies de Boevé

Wies de Boevé has been named the winner of the 2017 Bottesini Competition. The 30-year-old Belgian musician triumphed over 58 fellow double bassists aged between 18 and 35 from 24 countries at this year's contest, held in Crema, Italy. A member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and winner of the 2016 ARD International Music Competition, de Boevé took home a top prize of €10,000 and an Adriano Massari bow.

Second prize, of €5,000 and an Emilio and Luca Slaviero bow, went to Lorraine Campet from France, while third prize, of €3,000 and a Marco Pasquino bow, went to Dominik Wagner from Germany/Austria. This year's jury prize was won by Théotime Voisin from France.

The 2017 jury featured Salvatore Accardo (chairman), Franco Petracchi (honorary president), Eugene Levinson, Jeff Bradetich, Marc Dorin, Petru Iuga and Enrico Fagone.

Photo: Michel Neumeister