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Open to cellists aged 14 to 30, this year's first prize winner will receive CHF 20,000 plus an invitation to join the competition's two-year career development program — providing valuable career advice and coaching plus concert and recording opportunities.

Approximately 10 laureates, from this year's competition, will also be invited to join a special workshop to discuss the important industry and career-starter topics with a panel of experts, including career strategies, how to get the appropriate attention of agents, presenters and producers, and the basic know-how of contracts, rights, and health.

36 candidates were originally selected to take part in the opening round of this year's competition, which was held online, with eight young musicians then invited to Geneva to compete in the Semi-Final and Final stages of the competition live in person.

As the official media and broadcast partner, all rounds of this year's cello competition will be streamed right here on The Violin Channel and will be available for playback.

 

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
FINAL ROUND 

 

 

Jaemin Han (15, South Korea) | Georg Fritzsch & Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

  • Elgar | Cello Concerto in E minor

Michiaki Ueno (25, Japan) | Georg Fritzsch & Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

  • Lutoslawski | Cello Concerto

Bryan Cheng (24, Canada) | Georg Fritzsch & Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

  • Elgar | Cello Concerto in E minor

 

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND — SESSION THREE

 

 

For the Semi-Final Round, each candidate will perform a Baroque Sonata, contemporary work and a work of their choice.

 

Min Ji Kim (26, South Korea) | Ivan Venturieri (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)

  • Boccherini | Sonata in A Major
  • Yun | Glissées
  • Shostakovich | Sonata in D minor
  • Piatigorsky | Variations on a Paganini theme

Michiaki Ueno (25, Japan) | Julien Gernay (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)

  • Bach | Sonata in D major
  • Xenakis | Kottos
  • Britten | Cello Suite No. 2
  • Schubert | Rondo in B minor

 

 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND — SESSION FOUR

 

For the Semi-Final Round, each candidate will perform a Baroque Sonata, contemporary work and a work of their choice.

 

Bryan Cheng (24, Canada) | Silvie Cheng (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)
  • Boccherini | Sonata in C minor
  • Poulenc | Cello Sonata, FP 143
  • Elliot Carter | Figment
  • Shostakovich | Sonata in D minor | 3rd & 4th Mvts
  • Falla (arr. Gendron/Cheng) | La vida breve

 

Maxime Quennesson (26, France) | Katsura Mizumoto (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)

  • Bach | Sonata in D Major
  • K. F. Abel | Arpeggiata
  • E. Carter | Figment
  • C.M. Widor | 3 pièces, Op. 2 (No. 1, 3, 2)
  • L. Boellmann | Cello Sonata in A minor

 

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND — SESSION TWO

 

 

For the Semi-Final Round, each candidate will perform a Baroque Sonata, contemporary work and a work of their choice.

 

Samuel Niederhauser (23, Switzerland) | Shi-Yu Tang (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)

  • Boccherini | Sonata in C minor
  • Klengel | Scherzo in D minor
  • J. Harvey | Ricercare una melodia, for violoncello and electronics
  • T. Demenga | EFEU
  • Prokofiev | Cello Sonata in C major

En-Chun Lin (20, Taiwan) | Julien Gernay (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)

  • Boccherini | Sonata in C minor
  • E. Carter | Figment
  • Robert Schumann | Five pieces in Folkstyle
  • Brahms | Sonata No. 2 in F major

 

 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
SEMI-FINAL ROUND — SESSION ONE

 

 

For the Semi-Final Round, each candidate will perform a Baroque Sonata, contemporary work and a work of their choice.

 

Maria Zaytseva (20, Russia) | Maria Zaytseva (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)

  • Bach | Sonate in G minor
  • E. Carter | Figment
  • Franck | Violin Sonata in A Major

 

Jaemin Han (15, South Korea)| Ivan Venturieri (Piano) | Constance Taillard (Harpsichord)

  • Bach | Sonata G major
  • Yun | Glissées
  • Poulenc | Cello Sonata
  • Rostropovich | Humoresque

 

"We will be hosting a hybrid competition this year — virtual for the first round and live in-person, in Geneva, for the semi-final and finals rounds," Didier Schnorhk, Secretary-General of the Geneva International Music Competition, told The Violin Channel.

"We this year have also lowered the application fee, to take into consideration the financial difficulties of our young artists, and we have also provided financial and technical support for all first-round candidates with the recording of their videos. This year, we have also made the decision to cover the cost of all semi-finalists invited to Geneva in October," he has said.

"As you can imagine, these are all important changes we felt necessary to support our young musicians."

 

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION NINE

 

Constantin Macherel (30, Switzerland)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello

Christoph Croisé (27, Switzerland)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in D minor | Prélude, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ligeti | Sonata for cello solo
  • C. Croisé | Clouds above the C
  • Tchaikovsky | Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62

Alessandra Doninelli (26, Switzerland)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • Cassado | Dance of Green Devil

 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION TEN

 

 

Leland Ko (23, United States)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Sarabande, Bourrées
  • Beethoven |Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Dutilleux | 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher
  • Faure | Cello sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117

Matthias Balzat (22, New Zealand)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ginastera | Puñena 2
  • Popper | Dance of the Elves, Op. 39

Christoph Heesch (26, Germany)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 4 in E flat major | Prélude, Sarabande, Bourrées
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • Rossini | Une larme | Theme and Variations

 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION ELEVEN

 

 

Stéphanie Huang (25, Belgium)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 4 in E flat major | Prélude, Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • R. Schumann | Adagio und Allegro

Jeremias Fliedl (21, Austria)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major |Allemande, Courante, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No.1
  • Ligeti | Sonata for solo cello
  • Dvorak | Silent Woods, Op. 68

Maxime Quennesson (26, France)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ligeti | Sonata for solo cello
  • Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION SEVEN

 

 

Jakyoung Huh (23, South Korea)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite N°3 in C major | Prelude, Bourrées, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ligeti | Sonata for solo cello
  • Poulenc | Cello Sonata

Aaron Wolff (27, United States)

  • Bach |Suite N°3 in C major | Prélude, Allemande, Courante
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello

Florian Pons (26, France)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 4 in E flat major | Prélude, Allemande, Courante
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Dutilleux | 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher
  • R. Schumann | Adagio und Allegro

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION EIGHT

 

 

Min Ji Kim (26, South Korea)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Sarabande, Bourrées, Gigue
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ginastera  | Puñena 2
  • Dinicu/Heifetz | Hora Staccato

Rolando Fernandez (30, Mexico)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in D minor | Prélude, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • Tchaikovsky |  Pezzo Capriccioso

Michiaki Ueno (25, Japan)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Sarabande, Bourrées, Gigue
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Hindemith |  Sonata for solo cello
  • Davidoff | At the Fountain, Op. 20

 

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION FIVE

 

 

Oleksiy Shadrin (28, Ukraine)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in D minor | Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Hindemith |  Sonata for solo cello

Chase Park (23, United States)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 2 in D minor | Sarabande, Menuets, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Cello Sonata No. 4 in C minor
  • Dutilleux | 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher
  • R. Schumann | Adagio and Allegro

Daniel Thorell  (23, Sweden)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in D minor | Prélude, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ligeti: Sonata for solo cello
  • Chopin (Arr. M. Gendron) | Introduction and Polonaise Brillante

 

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION SIX

 

En-Chun Lin (20, Taiwan)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 4 in E flat major |Allemande, Courante, Sarabande
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • R. Schumann | Adagio und Allegro

Anouchka Hack (25, Germany)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 2 in D minor | Prélude, Courante, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • R. Schumann | Fantasiestücke

Marcel Johannes Kits (26, Estonia)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 2 in D minor |  Prélude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuet, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata

 

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION THREE

 

 

Jaemin Han (15, South Korea)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major | Prelude, Sarabande, Bourrées
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ligeti | Sonata for solo cello
  • Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen

Samuel Niederhauser (23, Switzerland)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 4 in E flat major | Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Crumb | Sonata for cello solo

Joanna Twaddle (25, United Kingdom)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Sarabande, Bourées
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Penderecki | Per Slava
  • Schumann | Adagio and Allegro

 

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION FOUR

 

 

Ivan Skanavi (24, Russia)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major | Prelude, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • Suk (Arr. W.E. Schmidt) | Love Song No. 1

Raphaël Jouan (27, France)

  • Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major |  Prélude, Allemande, Gigue
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Dutilleux | 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher
  • Debussy | Cello sonata in D minor

Willard Carter (19, United Kingdom)

  • J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major | Courante, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello
  • Paganini | Variations on a Theme of Rossini

Bryan Cheng (24, Canada)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 No. 1
  • Hindemith | Sonata for solo cello
  • Boulanger | Trois Pièces (No. 1 and No. 3)
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 | 10:00 AM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION ONE

 

For the opening rounding, recorded and sent in by the candidates, each cellist will perform selected movements from a Bach Solo Cello Suite and a 20th Century Solo Cello Sonata, Beethoven’s Cello & Piano Sonata in C Major plus one or two short pieces of their own choice.

The entire opening round recital is not permitted to exceed 45 minutes in total.

The 2021 jury comprises Ivan Monighetti (Chair), Thomas Demenga, Michaela Fukačová, Ophélie Gaillard, Clive Greensmith, Qin Li-Wei, and Shauna Rolston.

 

 

 

Johannes Gray (24, United States)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue -
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ligeti | Sonata for solo cello
  • Ducros | Encore

Mauro Paolo Monopoli (21, Italy)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 4 in E flat major |  Prélude, Sarabande, Bourrées
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly | Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8
  • Martinu | Variations on a Theme of Rossini

Hayoung Choi (23, South Korea)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prélude, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Beethoven: Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op.102 N°1
  • Kodaly: Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8 (1st movement) - N. Paganini: Le Streghe, Op.8

 

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 | 1:00 PM (ET)
2021 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION
OPENING ROUND — SESSION TWO

 

 

Anton Spronk (27, Switzerland/Netherlands)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 3 in C major | Prelude, Sarabande, Bourrées
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Ligeti | Sonata for solo cello
  • Martinu | Variations on a Theme of Rossini

Milena Umiglia (23, Switzerland)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 2 in D minor | Prelude, Sarabande, Menuets
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Kodaly: Sonata for solo cello
  • Cassado | Dance of the Green Devil

Maria Zaytseva (19, Russia)

  • J.S. Bach | Suite No. 4 in E flat major | Prelude, Sarabande, Bourrées
  • Beethoven | Sonata No. 4 in C major No. 1
  • Hindemith | Sonata for solo cello
  • Rostropovich | Humoresque