Václav Petr, a concertmaster cellist with the Czech Philharmonic, is awarded second prize


Václav Petr perfroms in the final

©Prague Spring Festival/Ivan Malý

The cello jury at the Prague International Spring Competition decided not to award a first prize, instead handing out one second and sharing the third.

Second prize went to Václav Petr, 28, a concertmaster cellist with the Czech Philharmonic, winning CZK 100,000 (c.$4,700).

The third prize was shared between Julia Hagen (Austria) and Oleksiy Shadrin (Ukraine). There was also an honorable mention for the fourth finalist, Gunwoo Park (Korea).

The final on Sunday 13 May at the Rudolfinum, with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Rožeň.

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

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