VIII International Crusell Competition 2021: Clarinet

July 26–31, 2021       •      Uusikaupunki       •      Finland

– Registration for the competition has ended – 

Crusell Competition: Changes to Preliminary Round

May 21st 2021, Uusikaupunki

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Crusell Music Festival is unfortunately forced to use its right to change the competition rules and programme.

While the competition repretoire remains the same, the Preliminary Round will be carried out as video selection, based on which only the chosen 10 semifinalists will be invited to Uusikaupunki in July. The Semi-Final Round takes place over two days, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th July. Competitors have been informed of all changes.

The competitors have also been made aware that the video recording of the chosen piece should be unedited and filmed in its entirety. The piece is to be performed with a pianist and the competitor should be visible throughout video. The video recordings have to be handed in by Friday June 18th after which the jury will announce the semifinalists on Friday June 25th.

For safety reasons the semifinalists will spend time in quarantine ahead of the Semi-Final Round and they will be tested for coronavirus. Crusell Music Festival will cover the test, accommodation and food costs of the competitors while in Helsinki and Uusikaupunki, as well as their journey form Helsinki to Uusikaupunki. 

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by these changes. By taking a step back we hope to ensure a safe and enjoyable competition for everyone. 

 

By the deadline, 164 applications were received for the competition. We thank everyone who entered the competition!

40 clarinetists from all over the world were chosen for the 8th International Crusell Competition held in Uusikaupunki, Finland. According to the jury, all 157 video applicants showed great talent. Therefore, the chosen 40 clarinetists are exceptionally skilled. The chosen participants are aged between 20 and 30 years, including two Finnish musicians: Hanna Hujanen, 23, and Elias Numminen, 28. Ten of the 40 clarinetists either study or have studied at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

The competition final takes place at the end of July with participants from Europe and several different countries such as New Zealand, Colombia, the Republic of Korea and the United States.

Congratulations to all 40 clarinetists chosen for the International Crusell Competition:

Aldren

Benjamin

UK

Álvarez García

Alberto

Spain

Apelian

Anaïde

France

Buzzi Teixidó

Bernat

Spain

Castiblanco Moreno

Germán Andrés

Colombia

Chiesa

Aron

Italy

Daniulis

Ignas

Lithuania

Domínguez Almela

José Carlos

Spain

Fallico

Andrea

Italy

Gagane

Anna

Latvia

Giannakas

Panagiotis

Greece

Gilbert

James

UK

Hujanen

Hanna

Finland

Jung

You Jin

South Korea

Keppel

Kenny

New Zealand

Kim

Gilwoo

South Korea

Kim

Na Yoon

South Korea

Leibovici

Jonathan

Israel

Lepage

Ann

France

Lyskjær Frølund

Jonas

Denmark

Lyu

Shuqing

China

Mayorga Rodrigo

Alba

Spain

Numminen

Elias

Finland

Opferkuch

Max

USA

Ornan

Tomer

Israel

Orro Taavi Estonia

Paris

Laure

France

Perts

Artūrs

Latvia

Peterson

Anders

USA

Petri

Francesco

Italy

Puls

Julia

Germany

Rubio

Maria

Spain

Ruf

Ivo Lennart

Germany

Shankar

Jay

USA

Taraklı

Ömer Berk

Turkey

Tvrdík

Aleš

Czech

Vilanova (Vinadé)

Clara

Spain

Virsik

Frederik

Germany

Yamashita

Mio

Japan

Yang

Suhyun

South Korea

One of the two Finnish participants in the competition is Hanna Hujanen, 23.
Photo: Hanna Hujanen

The Crusell Music Festival is hosting the Crusell International Clarinet Competition in
Uusikaupunki, Finland on the 26 th to 31 th of July, 2021. Competition is open for all clarinetists born on or after 1st of January 1991.

JURY:

Yehuda Gilad, the Chair of the jury (Colburn School of Music/ Thornton School of Music, USC)
Shirley Brill (Saarbrücken HFM)
Philippe Berrod (Conservatoire de Paris/Orchestre de Paris)
Christoffer Sundqvist (Sibelius Academy/RSO)
Tuulia Ylönen (Finnish National Opera

Janne Palkisto, secretary


PROGRAMME

Preliminary Selection

Preliminary Selection will be made based on applicant’s video recording.
The work performed for the Preliminary Selection is:
Claude Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
The work has to be performed with piano accompaniment. The video needs to be made with a live pianist in the same room at the same time. 

Use following service providers to send the link to the video recording: Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube or Vimeo.

  • Recording must be continuous performance and no editing is allowed.
  • Applicant needs to be visible throughout the whole performance
  • The file/recording should clearly indicate your name

Selection will be made by Preliminary Audition Jury. Chair for this jury is Harri Mäki (Sibelius Academy), other members are Asko Heiskanen (Tapiola Sinfonietta) and Laura Ruiz Ferreres (Frankfurt HfMDK).


Preliminary Round

July 26–27, 2021

Choose one work from both categories

Category 1:

  1. a) Jean Françaix: Tema con variazioni (1974)
  2. b) Jeanine Rueff: Concertino op. 15

Category 2:

  1. a) Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke op. 73
  2. b) Robert Schumann: 3 Romances op. 94
  3. c) Clara Schumann: 3 Romances op. 22

Semi-Final Round

July 29, 2021

The repertoire for the Semi-Final Round should include one of the following works:

Crusell: Clarinet Quartet No. 1, No. 2, or No. 3

And one of the following solo works for clarinet:

a) E. Denisov: Sonata for Clarinet Solo
b) Fr. Donatoni: Clair for Clarinet Solo
c) T. Oláh: Sonata for Clarinet Solo
d) V. Bucchi: Concerto for Clarinet Solo
e) K. Saariaho: Duft for Clarinet solo
f) J. Tower: Wings for Clarinet solo
g) E. Carter: Gra for Clarinet solo
h) D. Martino: A Set for Clarinet solo

Competition organizer provides pianist for the Preliminary Round.
Rehearsal times are arranged by competition organizer.
Candidates are allowed to use their own pianist at their own expense.

Crusell’s clarinet quartet is performed with a string trio.


Final Round

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Works performed at the Final Round:

  1. Crusell: Clarinet Concerto No. 1, No. 2, or No. 3
  2. Matilda Seppälä: Commissioned work for clarinet and string ensemble

The orchestra for the Final Round is the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
Competitors are expected to perform the Clarinet Concerto from memory.


PRIZES AND AWARDS

First Prize €6,000

Second Prize €3,000

Third Prize €2,000

Special recognition awards are optional.
The jury reserves the right to change the prize scheme. The winner will be invited to perform in 2022 or 2023 at the Crusell Music Festival.

Application fee:

Application fee for the competition is 40€.
Application fee is non-refundable.


DATES:

Online applications for the competition can be sent
November, 2020 onwards.

Competition application deadline is
Wednesday, March 31, Thursday, April 15th 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Finnish Summer Time.

Confirmation of admittance to competition will be notified latest
Friday, April 30, 2021.


Additional information:

Petri Hatakka
Crusell Music Festival / Executive Director
petri.hatakka@uusikaupunki.fi
+358 500 743073


Competition rules in here