We are very pleased that we have been able to engage excellent, internationally recognized artists for the 2021 competition!

Our artists for the finals

Peter Tilling is a conductor and cellist, he teaches new music as a professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.

At the Bayreuth Festival in 2011 he conducted "Tannhäuser" with great success, where in 2019 he conducted a concert with works by Wagner, Stockhausen, Boulez and Cage, and in the Corona year 2020 he directed the multimedia premiere of The Nibelung Loop by Simon Steen - Andersen...

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Peter Tilling

Angelika Merkle was a student of Prof. Hugo Steurer in Munich and England from the age of 14 until she finished school. During this time she won the first prize in the competition "Mozart for the Young" (Augsburg) and was a prize winner in the national competition "Jugend musiziert". In 1985 she began her studies at the Munich University of Music with Prof. Klaus Schilde, which she completed with distinction....

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Angelika Merkle

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From 1988 to 2003 he was the principal clarinetist of the Munich Philharmonic and a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
In 1997 he was appointed professor for clarinet at the “Franz Liszt” University of Music in Weimar and has been professor at the “Hanns Eisler” University of Music in Berlin since 2013.

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Martin Spangenberg

Our pianists for the Semi-final

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Thomas Hoppe is widely recognized as one of the finest piano partners of his generation.
As pianist of the ATOS Trio he performs worldwide and has won many prizes and awards since the group´s inception in 2003.
Since April 2018 he has been professor of piano chamber music at the Folkwang University in Essen....

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Thomas Hoppe

Yumi Sekiya is the official piano accompanist at internationally renowned music competitions (ARD Music Competition Munich, International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen, Tokyo International Viola Competition) as well as at international master classes in Europe and Japan...

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Yumi Sekiya