The Munich-based cellist receives €6,000

Raphaela Gromes

Photo: Christine Schneider

The Bavarian Ministry of Art has announced that the 28-year-old Munich-based cellist Raphaela Gromes will receive a €6,000 Freistat Art Prize, an award for young up-and-coming artists living in Bavaria. Gromes’s fellow prize-winners are organist Angela Metzger and ballet dancer Alexsandro Akapohi. 

Gromes, who studied at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Hochschule in Leipzig with Peter Bruns, at the Musikhochschule in Munich with Wen-Sinn Yang, and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Reinhard Latzko, is a former first prize winner at the Kulturkreis Gasteig competition in Munich (2012, 2016) and the international Concorso Fiorindo Turin (2013) among other contests. 

Awarded every year to artists, duets or ensembles aged up to 40 who have completed training, the Freistat Art Prize is one of the measures taken by the Free State of Bavaria to promote and support young artists, with solo artists receiving € 6,000 each, and ensembles € 10,000. This year’s awards ceremony will take place in November 2019 in Munich.