International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2023 - WOODWIND - CLARINET

21. & 22. October 2023, Dusseldorf

For years, the International Anton Rubinstein 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 careers platforms where they can test their skills and show themselves to the public. That is why our competitions have been held online since September 2021 – enabling candidates from all over the world to participate.
Conducting the competitions online gives the young participants a particularly large audience, as the videos of all finalists are documented on our website and the award winners are announced on our social media platforms.
The juries include lecturers from the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein and renowned guests.


Thomas Weißschnur

Thomas Weißschnur lives in Düsseldorf and is internationally active as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. His clarinet studies took him from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, where he studied with Prof. Jörg Widmann, to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, to Prof. François Benda at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, where he graduated with distinction in the Konzertexamen programme.

As a soloist or as a member of various chamber music formations, with partners such as Paul Meyer, Paul Neubauer, the Guarneri Trio Prague or the Amaryllis Quartet, he has performed, for example, at the Niedersächsische Musiktage, the Warsaw Autumn or the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander. Thomas Weißschnur was a scholarship holder of the Brahms Gesellschaft Baden-Baden, the Fulbright Commission and the Academie Musicale de Villecroze before an engagement as principal clarinettist with The Macau Orchestra took him to Asia for over a year, where he also worked as a permanent member of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. In Germany, he has held contracts as deputy principal clarinettist with the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra in Reutlingen and as principal clarinettist with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, and he also makes regular guest appearances with German orchestras including the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra and the Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra.

Since 2014 he has also been a lecturer at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Walter Seyfarth

Walter Seyfarth was born in Düsseldorf in 1953. At the age of 16 he won the 1st prize of the German Tonkünstlerverband. After studying with Peter Rieckhoff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and as a scholarship holder at the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra Academy with Karl Leister, he was engaged in the Saarland Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1975, as 3rd deputy 1st clarinettist with a commitment to high clarinets. Since 1985 he has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker as solo E-flat clarinettist. From this time on he played under Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle and Kirill Petrenko among others.

In 1988 he founded the “Philharmonic Wind Quintet Berlin” with which he tours worldwide and has released numerous CD recordings. He is also a member of the ensemble “Bläser der Berliner Philharmoniker”. He teaches at the Orchestra Academy of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation. He has worked as a woodwind mentor for the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela “El Sistema”, among others. He also gives master classes in Europe, Asia, North and South America. At the festival “Música em Trancoso” (Brazil) in 2012, he met the Brazilian pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano with his Bossa Nova Quartet. Together with him, he recorded a DVD entitled “Joined”, which was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award in 2017.
His ancestors include the composers Albert Lortzing and Ferdinand Ries.

Since 2020, Walter Seyfarth has been teaching clarinet at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Berlin.


 Competition awards

  • 1st Prize
  • 2nd Prize
  • 3rd Prize

 Conditions and FAQ

• The International Anton Rubinstein Competitions are organised online by the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein Düsseldorf.
• Students and professional musicians of all nations can take part in these competitions with their videos, without any age limit (with the exception of the Junior Competitions, which are open to children aged 8 to 12 and young people aged 12 to 15).

How do the competitions work? 
• There are two rounds: the first round and the final round.
• After the registration deadline, the names of the candidates who participated in the first round will be published on our website on the date specified in the tender.
• The jury will decide on the admission of a maximum of 16 candidates to the final after the first round on the date specified in the tender.

What happens if I am in the final? 
• All names and videos of the finalists will be published on our website on the dates specified in the tender.
• The candidates do not have to do anything else. They will be informed by email that they are in the final.
• No new video is required for the final round – the jury’s decision will be based on the material submitted with the entry deadline.

What happens if I am not in the final? 
• All candidates in the first round will receive a certificate of participation by email.

What are the prizes?  
• The results of the final round will be announced by email to the winners on the date specified in the tender and published on our website and social media channels.
• All winners will receive a certificate documenting the competition prize by e-mail.
• All other finalists will receive a certificate by email stating that they have participated in the final round.

How can I register for the competition?
• To register, candidates need the following documents:
– Biography (in Word only)
–  Photo
– Video links (YouTube only)
– Proof of payment of the participation fee (PayPal or bank transfer only).
The participation fee is 100 € (Early Booking 75 € until the date published in the announcement). The participation fee is to be paid exclusively via PayPal (here) or the following bank account:
Friends and Sponsors of the Anton Rubinstein Academy
IBAN: DE56 3022 0190 0364 0117 17 
• When making payment, it is essential to state the full name of the participant(s) and the desired competition.
• The participation fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.

How should I make the recording? 
• The programme can be chosen freely, with a duration of approximately 30 minutes.
• Candidates may submit one or more YouTube video links.
• The YouTube video links should be submitted directly at the time of registration, but may still be submitted by e-mail up to the registration deadline for the respective competition.
• No new videos will be accepted after the registration deadline.
• The videos will be used for judging in both rounds. Finalists do not have to submit new videos.

What are the legal conditions?
• With their registration, participants allow the organiser to freely dispose of the photo, sound and video recordings submitted to the competition for the purpose of documentation and public relations on its website and social media channels.
• The jury’s decision is final.
• All registration deadlines and dates can be found in the announcement of the respective competition on our website.
• With their registration, the candidates confirm their agreement with the competition conditions.

  22. September 2023
Subscription fees
Early booking
till 22. August 2023
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.
With his or her registration, the candidate agrees to the rules and regulations of the competition. By submitting this message you confirm that you have read and accepted the privacy policy.

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