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

Our performing violists

Tobias Reifland is winner of numerous national and international competitions.
Since 2020 he is principal violist in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra...

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Tobias Reifland

In 1997 Naoko won 1st Prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, becoming the first violist in 21 years to win this prize. She has been a welcome guest at international concert venues ever since. Prior to that she won the International Competition in Geneva in 1996 as well as winning 1st Prize at the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, Germany in 1995...

Naoko Shimizu

Hailed as “The Giant of the Nordic Viola” in The Strad, Lars Anders Tomter is one of today’s most influential violists. Born in Hamar, Norway, Mr. Tomter began to play the violin and viola at a very young age and went on to study with prominent professors including Leif Jørgensen at the Oslo Music Conservatory and the Norwegian State Academy, Max Rostal, and Sándor Vegh...

Lars Anders Tomter

In 2000 Danusha Waskiewicz gained international recognition, winning the ARD competition in Munich, also receiving the Brüder Busch Gesellschaft and Wilhelm Weichsler special prizes. She began her orchestral career in the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and, at only 25 years of age, she became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Two years later she advanced to the position of Principal Viola.

Danusha Waskiewicz

Guest Artist

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Naomi Berrill is an Irish cellist, guitarist and singer. She is currently based in Florence where she works as a freelance musician.
In 1997 she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, and in 2000 she moved to Glasgow to continue her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama....

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Naomi Berrill

Our artists for the finals

Peter Tilling is a German conductor, cellist and composer.
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

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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