Competition chooses twelve cellists to proceed to semi-final round at Academy of Performing Arts in Czech capital

Prague Spring Festival-Petra Hajská

©Petra Hajská

The Prague Spring International Competition, part of the Prague Spring Festival, heard the performances of 47 candidates in the cello category and yesterday announced the twelve young musicians who will perform in the semi-final. 

They are:

  • Konstantin Bruns
  • Julia Hagen
  • Woochan Jeong
  • Daeyoun Kim
  • Gabriel Martins
  • Gunwoo Park
  • Václav Petr
  • Oleksiy Shadrin
  • Zuzanna Sosnowska
  • Laura Szabó
  • Guillaume Wang
  • Jee-In You

The semi-finals will take place on 11 May at the Martinů Hall in the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and the final on Sunday 13 May at the Rudolfinum. The first prize wins CZK 200,000 (c.$9,500).

The jury comprises cellists Christian Poltéra, Anne Gastinel, Emil Rovner, Jens Peter Maintz, Mikael Ericsson and Quirine Viersen, and is chaired by Michal Kaňka.

The annual competition rotates through different instrument categories, with 2018 focusing on cello and French horn.