Seven young cellists will compete for a place in the final, a share of €15,000 cash and other prizes

Cellist Anton Spronk photographed by Sarah Wijzenbeek

Dutch-Swiss cellist Anton Spronk is one of seven in the Markneukirchen Cello Competition semifinal round
Photo ©Sarah Wijzenbeek

The International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen has announced the semi-finalists for its 2019 cello competition.

They are:

  • Beata Antikainen (Finland)
  • Balázs Dolfin (Hungary)
  • Jeremias Fliedl (Austria)
  • YeongKwang Lee (South Korea)
  • Anton Spronk (Netherlands/Switzerland)
  • Friedrich Thiele (Germany)
  • Daniel Thorell (Schweden)

The competition’s first prize winner takes €7,000 in cash as well as a BAM cello case and concert engagement with Chursächsischen Philharmonie Bad Elster. 

With Markneukirchen being the centre of German instrument making, there is also a new bow by a local master bowmaker on offer for the winner of the audience prize.