International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2023 - WOODWIND - SAXOPHONE

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.


Wardy Hamburg

Wardy Hamburg, born and raised in the Netherlands, studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Bornkamp and at the Robert Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf with John-Edward Kelly. Hamburg was a prize-winner in important competitions, winning the Wolfgang Jacobi Competition for Modern Chamber Music in Munich. The Yehudi Menuhin Society of London supported her as a scholarship holder. The internationally sought-after saxophonist regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician at renowned festivals. Concert tours have taken her to South America, Finland, Russia and Portugal. Hamburg has played in the Raschèr Saxophone Orchestra, with the Ensemble Modern, the Bochumer Symphoniker and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen. With pianist Nageeb Gardizi, she released the critically acclaimed album “Undulations”. Since 2015, Wardy Hamburg has been a lecturer at the renowned Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Dr. Andreas van Zoelen

Saxophonist Andreas van Zoelen of Dutch/Moravian descent. He studied saxophone and conducting at the Brabants Conservatorium in the Netherlands. After these studies with Jean Pennings and Jan Cober, he studied with the famous Carina Raschèr, daughter of pioneer saxophonist Sigurd Raschèr.

As soloist he has performed with more than 20 orchestras, such as the UMA chamber orchestra, the Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony, the “Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe”, Germany, “Orkest Zuid” and the “Magogo Kamerorkest” in the Netherlands. He has also played many recitals.
About 140 works where written for van Zoelen, many of which for bass saxophone. He is considered a pioneer of this instrument.

Van Zoelen could also be admired on many occasions as a musician with the Beethoven Orchester, Bonn, philharmonie zuidnederland and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, under Sir Simon Rattle, too name only a few. He has performed regularly for international Radio and Television. As a recording artist, he has contributed to almost 50 CD (LP) and DVD productions. Furthermore, he has performed with musicians like Stewart Copeland (the Police), Daniel Kientzy and Markus Stockhausen.

He has a specific interest in the history of the saxophone. His collection of sources and well over 100 instruments, among which several from the atelier of Adolphe Sax, is unique. Van Zoelen plays these instruments a.o. in his chamber music program “L’Histoire du Sax”, which presents the sounding history of the saxophone from its naissance until present day.
From 2006-2013 he worked on an extensive book about the history of the saxophone in the Netherlands, which received international acclaim and is now seen as a standard work. In 2021 he earned the title of Doctor by successfully defending his PhD thesis at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, titled “A history of the Raschèr tradition, with a link to the heritage of Adolphe Sax”. At this occasion he received a personal message from His Royal Highness King Albert II of Belgium, congratulating him with his achievements. His articles are regularly published in international journals.

He has performed with leading chamber music ensembles such as the Nederlands Saxofoon Kwartet (Dutch Saxophone Quartet, a.o. seen in the Dutch documentary on Tristan Keuris’ music for saxophone: “De componist met de gouden handjes”). In 2013 he was invited by Leo van Oostrom to join “Edition Sax”, an ensemble which focuses on performing early works for the saxophone on historic instruments built by Adolphe Sax.

In 2002 received the “Jacques de Leeuw Young Talent Award”. In 2014 van Zoelen was nominated for the Fontys “Think Bigger” prize for organizing the first Dutch Saxophone Festival in Tilburg. He is honorary conductor of the well-known Dutch symphonic windband from Blerick, “St Caecilia”.
He has taught many masterclass at institutions such as the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the ESMAE in Porto, Portugal.

In 2014 Andreas van Zoelen was invited to join the famous Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, where he succeeded founding member Bruce Weinberger on tenor saxophone. With this highly successful ensemble he performs concerts and teaches masterclasses across the globe.

Since 2006, Van Zoelen is professor of classical saxophone at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg, Netherlands, where he teaches an international class of students.


 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
  • Artistic Vita
  • 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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