Domnick-Cello-Competition 2020

    The Domnick-Cello-Competition 2020 is unfortunately cancelled!

    The Universitiy of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart will hold the Domnick-Cello Award
 for New Music on April 20–25, 2020. The Competition will take place in Stuttgart.

    Closing date for application: March 10, 2020.
    The competition is open for all cellists until 32 years.

    Domnick-Cello-Prize of 10.000 € founded by Domnick-Foundation, Nürtingen
    and two special prizes of 1000 € each of the Gesellschaft der Freunde der HMDK (Society of Friends of the HMDK)


    Monday, April 20
    •    18.00 h– Welcome and draw

    Tuesday, April 21
    •    10 h (Kammermusiksaal) – First Round (part 1)
    •    from 14 h Rehearsals with piano

    Wednesday, April 22
    •    10 h (Kammermusiksaal) – First Round (part 2)

    Thursday, April 23
    •    10.00–15.30 h (Konzertsaal) – Rehearsal with finalists and orchestra
    •    10 h Masterclass: workshops and classes for all participants who are not part oft the finale
    •    20 h Konzertsaal – Concert oft the jury members

    Friday, April 24
    •    15.00–18.00 h (Konzertsaal) –Finale with 3 candidates with orchestra (Ltg. Christof M Löser)

    Saturday, April 25
    •    10 h (Konzertsaal) – Final rehearsals with the winners and orchestra
    •    20 h (Konzertsaal) – Winners‘ concert


    First Round (part 1):

    • A.    Johann Sebastian Bach: aus der Suite für Violoncello solo Nr. 4 Es-Dur or Nr. 5 c-Moll or Nr. 6 D-Dur: Prelude and another sentence of your choice
    • B.    Luciano Berio: Les mots sont allés… für Violoncello solo (1979)
      or György Kurtag: Az hit... (1998) und Schatten (1999)
      or Witold  Lutosławski: Sacher-Variation für Violoncello solo (1975)
      or Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Vier kurze Studien für Violoncello solo (1970)

    First Round (part 2):

    • A. Luciano Berio: Sequenza XIV für Violoncello (2002)
      or Elliot Carter: Figment I for cello alone
      or Thomas Demenga: Efeu für Violoncello solo (2010)
      or Henri Dutilleux: 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1982)
      or Heinz Holliger: Trema für Violoncello solo (1981)
      or Helmut Lachenmann: Pression für einen Cellisten (1969)
      or György Ligeti: Sonate für Violoncello Solo (1953)
      or Krzystof Penderecki: Capriccio per Siegfried Palm für Violoncello solo (1968)
      or Kaija Saariaho: Sept Papillons für Violoncello solo (2000)
      or Isang Yun: Glissées für Violoncello solo (1970)
      or Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Sonate für Violoncello solo (1960)
    • B. Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonate in A-Dur op. 69 
      or Sonate in C-Dur op. 102 Nr.1
      or Sonate in D-Dur op. 102 Nr.2

    Second Round/Final:

    • A. Ein Stück für Violoncello solo nach freier Wahl, komponiert nach 1990
    • B. György Ligeti: Cello Konzert (1966) mit dem HochschulSinfonieOrchester dirigiert von Christof M Löser

    Hans-Peter Jahn (President of the Jury, Germany)
    Bernd Asmus (Germany)
    Diana Ligeti (Rumania, France)
    Éric-Maria Couturier (France)
    Conradin Brotbek (Switzerland)
    Tristan Cornut (France)
    David Eggert (Switzerland, Germany)


    Registration Fee:
    The registration fee of 50 € has to be transferred to the following account:
    Recipient: Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Landesoberkasse Baden-Württemberg
    IBAN: DE 02 6005 0101 7495 5301 02
    BIC: SOLADEST600 | BW-Bank
    Purpose 1: 1787200001536
    Purpose 2: first nameand surname

    About the Domnick-Cello-Price
    The Domnick Cello Prize was first founded out of a passion for modernity. The psychiatrist Ottomar Domnick (1907-1989) came from a very musical family. His father was a lawyer and an excellent violinist, therefor his children received a high class musical education which they put to use in a quartet alongside their strict father. Ottomar had the cello part, which was "more of a burden than pleasure" to him, as he wrote in his memoirs.
    As a young medical student, he was drawn to visual arts and enjoyed the avant-garde. But soon the National Socialists defamed these pieces as "degenerate" and destroyed them. That’s why his cello always stayed his closest companion. Unfortunately it was lost during World War II.
    Much later, in 1974, at the age of 67, he bought himself a great instrument again–a Testore from 1707– and practiced daily from then on.
    The couple Greta and Ottomar Domnick were always very future-oriented. From 1945 onwards they bought abstract paintings and created a central collection. They made experimental films, for which they where awarded the German Film Prize in 1988. In 1967 they built an uncompromisingly modern villa in collaboration with the star architect Paul Stohrer to establish a lively place of art. There, they exhibited their collection, showed their films and gave concerts of new compositions leading the way into a modern future. Hereby the cello was always a central theme.
    Greta and Ottomar Domnick created an award for young cellists, to help promote their work.  After their decease, they bequeathed their own collection and the villa to the state of Baden-Württemberg. The Domnick Cello Prize is laid down in the foundation contracts. Nowadays the board of trustees ensures the foundation's purpose in collaboration with the State Palaces and Gardens of Baden-Württemberg the tradition is continued.