VIII International Crusell Competition 2021: Clarinet

July 26–31, 2021       •      Uusikaupunki       •      Finland

The application deadline for the Crusell International  Clarinet Competition has been extended to April 15th

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.


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


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.


First Prize €6,000

Second Prize €3,000

Third Prize €2,000

Prizes are tax free. 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.


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
+358 500 743073

Registration in here

Competition rules in here