The International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2022- DOUBLE BASS

24. & 25. September 2022, Dusseldorf

For years, the Anton Rubinstein International Competitions have enjoyed a great response. Especially in times marked by global crises, it is more important than ever to offer young musicians in their training and at the beginning of their career platforms on which they can test their skills and show themselves to the audience. That’s why our competitions have been held online since September 2021 – enabling candidates from all corners of the globe to participate.
Taking place online gives the young participants a particularly large public, as the videos of all finalists are documented on our website and the award winners are announced on our social media platforms.
The juries are composed of lecturers from the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy and renowned guests.

The competition is organized by International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein, Flingerstr. 1, 40213 Düsseldorf.


Igor Prokopets

Igor Prokopets, born in Minsk, grew up in Tel Aviv, lives in Berlin since 2000.
He completed his main studies at the HfM “Hanns Eisler” in the class of Prof. Barbara Sanderling. This was followed by a concert examination at the UdK Berlin with Prof. Michael B. Wolf, which he completed with distinction. Regular solo and chamber music performances take him all over the world. Mr. Prokopets gained his most important orchestral experience, among others, with the
Konzerthausorchester Berlin, RSB, Munich Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern with, among others, Valery Gergiev, Ivan Fisher, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach.
Since 2007 he has been a permanent member of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Since then he has been teaching orchestra audition preparation, chamber music and
solo repertoire. Since 2012, he has been a lecturer and mentor of the Kurt Sanderling Orchestra Academy of the Konzerthaus Berlin.
Since 2019, co-founder and permanent guest professor of the Mecklenburg Castle Academy. Mr. Prokopets regularly gives master classes in Japan, China, Canada etc.

Since April 2021 he is a lecturer of double bass at the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein and at the Beethoven Conservatory.

Vlado Zatko

Vlado Zatko was born in Slovakia in 1979 and received his first double bass lessons with Jan Krigovsky at the Žilina Conservatory. After only two years, he won 2nd prize at the National Double Bass Competition in Bratislava. This was followed by studies in Germany with Professors Klaus Trumpf and Dorin Marc, and as the last student of Maestro Ovidiu Badila (†). In 2006 he graduated with honors from Klaus Trumpf’s soloist class in Munich. A first permanent engagement took him to the Royal Chapel and Opera Copenhagen in 2006, where he rose to the position of assistant principal bass in 2007. Since October 2008 Vlado Zatko has been 1st solo bassist of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a guest in numerous orchestras, including the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, the Orchestra of the German Opera Berlin, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, the Malmö Symfoniorkester, the double bass quartet Bassiona Amorosa and the Berlin Soloist Octet. Since 2012 he has been teaching at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. Vlado Zatko plays the double bass “Acriter et Fideliter” anno 2015 by Marco Nolli from Cremona.

Vlado Zatko teaches in double bass at the Anton Rubinstein International Academy of Music.

Xu Luo

Double bassist Xu Luo is an associate professor of the Orchestral Instruments Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, a master’s supervisor, and the Deputy Secretary General of the string society of China Music Association. He has won many awards including the 2006 International double bass competition in Bern, Switzerland, and the highest diploma in music performance in Europe – Solistendiplom. He worked for Oper Frankfurt in Germany and was a guest musician of Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in Switzerland and Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra in Germany. In recent years, his two CD albums of “Double Bassissimo” and “Super Bass”, and the bass teaching material “37 Orchestra Excerpts ” have been widely praised. Many of the students under his guidance have won good results in many double bass competitions abroad.

 Competition awards

  • 1st prize
  • 2nd prize
  • 3d prize

 Conditions and FAQ

  1. The International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Double Bass 2022 will be held by the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein in Düsseldorf, Germany from September 24-25, 2022 online.
  2. Double bassists of all nations can participate in this competition without age limit.
  3. Two rounds will take place, from which the jury will choose the winners.
  4. The first round will be completed via video link on YouTube. The results will be announced by email on 08.09.2022.
  5. The final round will be published on YouTube, FaceBook and/or Instagram on the set dates.
  6. The finals of the contest will be public on the web.
  7. A maximum of 16 candidates in total will be admitted to the competition. The International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein in Düsseldorf will decide on the admission of the candidates after the first round.
  8. The program for the first round and for the finals can be chosen freely and must not exceed 30 minutes.
  9. The announcement of the results of the competition, as well as the awarding of prizes and certificates will take place on Sunday, 25.09.2022 at about 19:00. Certificates and prizes will be sent to the winners.
  10. With their registration, the participants allow the organizer to freely dispose of the photo, audio and video recordings made during the event.
  11. The jury’s decision is final.
  12. With their registration, the candidates confirm their agreement with the conditions of the competition.
  13. Deadline for registration is 02.09.2022
    Participation fee – 100€,
  14. The participation fee will not be refunded in any case.
  2. September 2022
Subscription fees
Early booking
till 20. July 2022
75 €
The registration fee100 €
  • Bank details

    Freunde und Förderer der Anton Rubinstein Akademie
    IBAN: DE56 3022 0190 0364 0117 17

  • PayPal (+ 2%)
  • Please, do not forget to specify your full name and the name of the competition!
Required documents
  • CV
  • Photo
  • Link to YouTube
  • Confirmation of payment

Application form

Your documents (pdf, jpg, jpeg, max. 10 MB)

All entries in Latin caracters please.
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