For eight days, the Cello Masterclasses & Concerts once again proved that Kronberg is the “World capital of the cello” (Mstislav Rostropovich). Over 160 cellists from 41 countries aged between 11 and 29 formed a visible presence in the town and were the guests of some 130 Kronberg families. The up-and-coming cellists took part in public masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In the evenings, the tutors then took to the stage with their former pupils, bringing yet another aspect of this year’s motto, “Cello Generations”, vividly to life.
In his closing address, Raimund Trenkler, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Kronberg Academy Foundation, remarked: “For eight days we have experienced pure cello friendship, this unique sense of community that distinguishes and connects cellists across the globe (...) Collegial friendship, respectful recognition, the openness to learn from one another, and the willingness to grow together – personally and artistically. In short, an attitude that we would like to see more of in our society. We, and our 160 plus students from so many of the world’s countries, have experienced this again.”
Eleven masterclass participants were chosen to perform in the concluding concert on 30 September. Their concert set the scene for conferral of the prizes and scholarships, which are traditionally awarded at the end of the Cello Masterclasses & Concerts. The prizewinning cellists for 2018 are:
- Landgrave of Hesse Prize (shared)
Elia Cohen-Weissert (23 years, Israel)
Erica Piccotti (19 years, Italy)
The Landgrave of Hesse Prize is a sponsorship award worth a total of €5,000. The prize includes an opportunity to perform at the next Kronberg Academy Festival.
- Boris Pergamenschikow Scholarship
Ivan Karizna (26 years, Belarus)
The Boris Pergamenschikow Scholarship, which is worth €400 a month, is awarded to a young cellist over a period of two years to fund expenses incurred in the furtherance of his or her cultural and intellectual development.
- Frans Helmerson Award (shared)
Birgitta Elisa Oftestad (16 years, Norway)
Yuki Sayama (21 years, Japan)
This sponsorship award in honour of cellist and educator Frans Helmerson, which carries prize money of €2,500, is awarded to a chosen active participant aged 27 or below.
- Kronberg Academy Scholarships
KangHyun Lee (24 years, South Korea)
Friedrich Thiele (21 years, Germany)
A Kronberg Academy Scholarship includes the opportunity to participate in the masterclasses of the following Kronberg Academy Festival (2019) and the next Cello Masterclasses & Concerts (2020).
The next Cello Masterclasses & Concerts will take place in late September 2020 in Kronberg.