The International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2021 - WOODWIND

30. & 31. October 2021, Dusseldorf


The International Anton Rubinstein Competitions will take on a new form in the future – based on our experiences during the Covid pandemic. For many international applicants, travelling to Germany is only possible with great difficulty and can hardly be reliably planned. At the same time, we realised that a video competition can also be an attractive offer for participants and audience.

We will conduct all our competitions from September 2021 online via video. The final rounds will be published on YouTube, FaceBook and/or Instagram on the respective dates – and of course the names of the three best instrumentalists, singers or ensembles. Certificates and prizes will be sent to the winners.

The International Anton Rubinstein Woodwind Competition 2021 supports and promotes talented, young musicians, music students, soloists, and prospective orchestral musicians by providing a platform for competition and with its prestigious awards.

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

Gisela Hellrung

Gisela Hellrung, born in Düsseldorf, studied oboe at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart with Prof. Ingo Goritzki and was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation until her concert exam in 1996. After winning several first prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competition in the oboe solo and chamber music categories, she won the International Chamber Music Competition Osaka with the Delos Wind Quintet in 1993 and the German Music Competition in 1994.

From 1994-1995 she played for a year in the solo position with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and has been principal oboe of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra since 1996.

Since April 2010, Gisela Hellrung has been a lecturer for oboe at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy.

Leonid Grudin

Leonid Grudin studied flute with Prof. Jean-Michel Tanguy at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Mannheim from 1990 to 1995 and graduated as an orchestral musician. In 1998 he obtained the diploma “Artistic Training” and in 2001 the diploma “Concert Examination” with Prof. Maxence Larrieu.

Since 2002 Leonid Grudin has been principal piccolo flutist at the Deutsche Staatsoper under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

During this time he has performed in various orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Camerata Bern, Semperoper Dresden, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, SWR Symphonieorchester.

Since 2017 he has been teaching piccolo at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music.

Since 2016, Leonid Grudin has been a lecturer for the flute at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Berlin.

Martin Kevenhörster

Martin Kevenhörster is deputy principal bassoonist of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. He completed his training at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen with Dag Jensen and Gustavo Nuñez, completed by master classes with Klaus Thunemann, among others. In addition to orchestral playing, he devotes himself to chamber music as a member of several ensembles. He was a scholarship holder of the “Villa Musica” Foundation and received the Folkwang Prize in 1993. Martin Kevenhörster has played in various orchestras (including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Modern). Since 1996 he has been principal bassoonist of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra. With this and other orchestras, tours have also taken him as a soloist through Europe, Asia and the USA.

Dong Dejun

Dong Dejun, Clarinet Professor of China Zhejiang Conservatory of Music,  Special Allowance Expert dedicated by the State of Council of China, Winner of “Ou Yongxi Outstanding Music Education Award” by the Ministry of Culture of China. He has been ranked as ”Scholar of Qianjiang River” Distinguished Professor in Higher Education of Zhejiang Province and chosen by the “151 Talents Project(first level)”of Zhejiang Province. He is the Vice President of the Clarinet Society of Chinese Musicians Association and a Yamaha Artist. He is currently holding the post of Director of the Orchestral Department of Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Director of the International Chamber Music Center of Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Director of the national-level first-class undergraduate professional site for music performance construction, and Director of the provincial-level first-class curriculum in universities of Zhejiang province. He has served as the judge and President of the jury for many major competitions at home and abroad, such as Chinese Music Golden Bell Award Competition, Asia-Pacific Cup International Music Competitions, Russia St. Petersburg International Music Competition, the 10th Italy “Giacomo Mensi” International Clarinet Competition (President of the jury) , and the 14th Italy “S. Mercadante” International Clarinet Competition (President of the jury), etc.

 Competition awards

  • 1st Prize - 1000 €
  • 2nd Prize - 750 €
  • 3rd Prize - 500 €

 Participants - Final Round

 Participants - I. Round

  • Tingxiao Ai, China
  • Preston Aktins, USA
  • Miguel Almeida, Portugal
  • Adam Ambarzumjan, Deutschland
  • Martina Arampi, Italien
  • Marharyta Baidak, Ukraine
  • Seyoung Bang, Südkorea
  • Johanna Bilgeri, Österreich
  • Dominique Bircher, Die Schweiz
  • Xuanfang Chen, China
  • Hu Jie Chen, China
  • Siyue Chen, China
  • Hu Chengkai, China
  • Yana Chetverikova, Russland
  • Valeria Curti, Die Schweiz
  • Julie Helgeland Davidsen, Norwegien
  • Yulia Drukh, Russland
  • Diren Duran, Deutschland
  • Aurore Filmon, Frankreich
  • Vanessa Fourla, Griechenland
  • Philipp Alexander Frings, Deutschland
  • Martin Fuchs, Deutschland
  • Chenyang Gao, China
  • Adrian Gómez, Venezuela
  • Shuai Hu, China
  • Huizi Hua, China
  • Yuhao Huang, China
  • Nikolai Iaushev, Russland
  • Ivan Ivanov, Bulgarien
  • Zhengye Ji, China
  • Haotian Jia, China
  • Takahiro Katayama, Japan
  • Petr Khudonogov, Russland
  • Sara Kim, Südkorea
  • Yeeun Kim, Südkorea
  • Leanne Hei Yi Kwan, China
  • Tsz Wing Kwok, China
  • Dahye Kwon, Südkorea
  • Sojung Lee, Südkorea
  • Runqi Leng, China
  • Sibo Liang, Belgien
  • Vsevolod Lituchyi, Ukraine
  • Ningrui Liu, China
  • Hua Ma, China
  • Ayane Miyakawa, Japan
  • Sasayama Miyu, Japan
  • Paul Moosbrugger, Österreich
  • Seongji Rho, Südkorea
  • Ivo Ruf, Deutschland
  • Clara Schweinberger, Deutschland
  • Zhongyuan Sheng, China
  • Maria Sokolova, Russland
  • Dahae Song, Südkorea
  • Youngju Song, Südkorea
  • Yonghua Su, China
  • Adam Tang, USA
  • Marialice Torriero, Italien
  • Oliver Uszynski, USA
  • Ying Wang, China
  • Xiaotong Wang, China
  • Bingjie Wang, China
  • Ka Wing Wong, Hong Kong, China
  • Yuanhao Xie, China
  • Jialu Xu, China
  • Jinliang Yang, China
  • Tian Yimin, China
  • EunJeong Yoon, Südkorea
  • Alex Yu, China
  • Wangzhe Yu, China
  • Chi Zhang, China
  • Zhai Zheng, China
  • Yuehu Zhou, China
  • Yi Rui Zhu, China
  • Yujian Zhu, China
  • Aleksandra Zvereva, Russland
  • Mara de Luca, Italien

 Entry conditions

  1. The International Anton Rubinstein Woodwind Competition 2021 is organized by the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein in Düsseldorf. It will take place online on October 30th & 21th, 2021.
  2. Woodwind Players of all ages and all nationalities may participate.
  3. The competition will be conducted in two rounds the winners of which will be decided upon by a jury.
  4. Both rounds will be completed via video link on YouTube. The results of the first round will be announced by e-mail on September, 30th, 2021.
  5. The final rounds will be published on YouTube, FaceBook and/or Instagram on the respective dates.
  6. The final round of the competition is public on the web.
  7. A maximum of 16 candidates will be admitted to the final round. The selection will be made by the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein based on the recordings of the first round.
  8. In the first and final rounds, candidates may freely choose their programme but the overall performance must not exceed 30 minutes.
  9. The final results of the competition will be announced on Sunday, October 31th, 2021. Certificates and prizes will be sent to the winners.
  10. With their registration, participants authorize the organizer, i.e. the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein, to use all photo-, video- and audio material of the competition at its discretion.
  11. The decision of the jury is final and incontestable.
  12. With their registration, candidates accept the rules and regulations of the competition.
  13. The registration deadline is September, 25th, 2021.
  14. The registration fee is 75.00 Euros if paid before July 20th, 2021 and 100.00 Euros if paid later. Payment must be made into one of the two bank accounts provided and should indicate the full name of the competitor as well as the keyword „Vocal Competition“.
  15. The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Schedules are being worked on and will be published soon.