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Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann

An international music competition is an opportunity, a platform and, most of all, a huge personal challenge which helps musicians to mature. The Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin also establishes a living monument to one of the greatest cellists of the last century.

About the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann
  • First held in 2002
  • Cycle: Every four years
  • Venue: Berlin
  • Patron: Daniel Barenboim

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Every four years, in collaboration with the Berlin University of the Arts, Kronberg Academy stages the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann in Berlin.
The aim of this international cello competition  is to help keep alive the memory of the great cellist Emanuel Feuermann, who taught at the Berlin University of the Arts for several years before emigrating in 1933. The Grand Prix was awarded for the first time on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

In response to an invitation by Kronberg Academy, Emanuel Feuermann's sister and piano accompanist, Sophie Feuermann, and his widow, Eva Feuermann-Lehnsen, travelled to Germany for the first time since their emigration to attend this event. The two ladies had given Kronberg Academy the exclusive right to use the name of Emanuel Feuermann for the competition.

The works selected for the competition programme bear a relation to the personality, life and work of the musician after whom the competition is named. Emanuel Feuermann represents a quite unique art of cello playing, discreet elegance and unparalleled virtuosity.

In addition to the 15,000 prize money, the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann affords the winner promotional opportunities in a series of international concert performances and the recording of a CD.

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