The International Anton Rubinstein Competition 2022 - CELLO

11. & 12. March 2022, Dusseldorf

The International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Violoncello 2022 supports and promotes talented, young musicians, music students, soloists, and prospective orchestral musicians by providing a platform for competition and with its prestigious awards.

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

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


Lisa Franken

Lisa Franken was born into a family of musicians and began playing the cello and piano at the age of 4. She later received her musical education at the conservatories of Cologne (Germany), Maastricht (Netherlands) and the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Brussels (Belgium) in the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music/Concert Examination programmes, which she completed with distinction.
She received prizes at several international competitions for solo and chamber music and attended master classes with M. Kliegel, Young- Chang Cho (Kronberg Academy), K. Georgian (Tibor Varga Academy) and R. Wallfisch.
Her concert tours have taken her to various countries in Europe.
She currently lives in the Netherlands and pursues an active concert career as a soloist and chamber musician.
From the winter semester 2016/17, Lisa Franken will be a lecturer for violoncello at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Yury Bondarev

Yuri Bondarev, born in St. Petersburg, switched to the viola after studying violin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and was accepted into the class of Prof. Tatjana Masurenko at the Leipzig Academy of Music, where he also took his concert exam. Regular solo and chamber music performances have taken him to Austria, Italy, France, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Japan. He has played in various ensembles including the Vienna Musikverein, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Milan Conservatory, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf.

He gained his first important orchestral experience with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Kurt Masur, Daniel Harding, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Christopher Hogwood, Herbert Blomstedt and others. Since 2009 he has played as deputy principal violist with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2012 he has been teaching violin, viola and chamber music at the Anton Rubinstein International Music Academy in Düsseldorf.

Li Jiwu

Li Jiwu – Cello professor of Shanghai Conservatory of music, was honored as a member of the Royal Conservatory of music (FRAM) in 2013, and was awarded the title of “national excellent teacher” by the State Education Commission in 2019. He is a visiting professor of Royal Conservatory of music, Krakow Conservatory of music and Texas Christian University.
Li Jiwu graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of music and the Royal Conservatory of music (RAM). In his youth, he devoted himself to chamber music and symphony orchestra performance for many years. In the teaching career of cello performance, we have trained a number of excellent cello performance and teaching talents. In 2004, he won the best tutor award of national cello competition issued by the Ministry of culture, and in 2018, he won the excellent teacher award of national Baosteel Education Fund.
The main awards for tutoring students include:
In the national top level competition, the National Youth cello competition sponsored by the Ministry of culture of the people’s Republic of China has won the gold medal continuously
The gold medal of the youth group won the first place in the fifth competition;
In the sixth competition, the youth group won the first gold medal and the youth group won the second;
The 7th youth group and youth group won the first gold medal at the same time;
He won the gold medal or the top three in the International Cello competition of Russia, Hungary and Poland.
National projects: in 2012, he presided over the music performance of Shanghai Conservatory of music (string major) and was approved as the pilot of comprehensive reform of the Ministry of education;
In 2013, he presided over “string performance talent training” and won the special prize of teaching achievement of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission; in 2014, he was awarded the second prize of national teaching achievement of “world class string performance art talent training” by the Ministry of education; he published several performance theory articles in national core journals.
He is the judge of China Music Golden Bell award competition, National Youth cello competition sponsored by the Ministry of culture, Poland pandelesky International Cello competition, Hong Kong International string competition, Taiwan Cultural Cup string competition, etc.; he is the artistic director of national youth cello Art Week (Ningbo), Xiamen International Cello Festival, Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Cello Festival; He is a member of the board of directors of Wells Cathedral music school in the United Kingdom. He was the president of the high school attached to Xinghai Conservatory of music and the director of the orchestral Department of Shanghai Conservatory of music.

 Competition awards

  • 1. Prize
  • 2. Prize
  • 3. Prize

 Entry conditions

  1. The International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Cello 2022 is organized by the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein in Düsseldorf and will take place online on March 11th & 12th, 2022.
  2. Cellist of all nationalities and ages may take part in this competition.
  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 email  February 18th, 2022.
  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 advanced to the final. This decision will be made by the International Music Academy Anton Rubinstein, using the recordings from the first round.
  8. The repertoire for the first round can be freely chosen by the candidate, but must max. 30 minutes long.
  9. The final results of the competition will be announced on 14th, 2022.
  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 his or her registration, the candidate and his or her legal guardian agree to the rules and regulations of the competition.
  13. Registration deadline is February 10th, 2022.
  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 „Cello Competition“.
  15. The registration fee is non-refundable.

 Rental of instruments

The Academy will loan valuable instruments and bows to interested finalists.


Items currently available:

  • Italian cello from XVIII century Marche
  • Cello bow from Nürnberger, Markneukirchen
  • German cello bow by Hanns-Karl Schmidt, Markneukirchen

Monthly fees will be

50.00 € per bow
100.00 € to 150.00 € per cello

Finalists interested in a loan should contact violin maker Rodolfo Angilletta ahead of the contest.

Rodolfo Angilletta
Wallstraße 26
40213 Düsseldorf

Tel.: 0049 (0)211 131249

  10. February 2022
Subscription fees
Early booking
till 10. January 2022
75 €
The registration fee100 €
The fee for the piano accompanist100 €
  • Bank details

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

  • PayPal (+ 2%)
Required documents
  • Video link on YouTube (max 30 min.)
  • CV
  • Photo
  • Confirmation of registration fee 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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