The Competition 2019


Organizers: Notes&Ties Cultural Association and The Gheorghe Dima Music Academy

Project coordinator: Răzvan Poptean

The project is co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily reflect the Administration of the National Cultural Fund`s view.  The ANCF cannot be held responsible for the project`s contents or use of results. Responsibility for the latter belongs solely to the beneficiary.

Project supported by Cluj County Council

Sponsors and partners: Buffet Crampon, Powell Flutes – main partners, Bam Cases, Wiener Flötenwerkstatt, Vandoren, Silverstein Works, Magazinul Aperto, Filarmonica de Stat „Transilvania” din Cluj-Napoca, Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai din Cluj-Napoca, Sicast, Societatea Română Mozart, Grand Hotel Napoca, Luca Prest, Due Fratelli Restaurant, Le Petit Paris Restaurant, Stories by /form, Olivo Coffee Roasters

Instruments: flute and clarinet

Contestants:  Over 200 in 40 countries

Jury members:

Flute – Seiya Ueno (Japan – one of the most acclaimed flautists in the world), Sébastian Jacot (Switzerland – principal flute in Gewandhaus Leipzig), Loïc Schneider (France – member of Suisse Romande), Irina Stachinskaya (Russia – famous soloist and former member of the Moscow Philharmonic), Alexis Roman (France – principal flute in Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Finland), Eduard Belmar (Spain – solo flute in the Frankfurt Orchestra), Virgile Aragau (France – principal flute in the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Opera in Marseille)

Clarinet – Carlos Ferreira (Portugal – principal clarinet in Orchestre National de Lille), Giovanni Punzi (Italy – principal clarinet in the Copenhaga Philharmonic Orchestra), Sergey Eletskyi (Russia – principal clarinet in the National Russian Orchestra), Tibor Reman (Romania/Germany – principal clarinet in Staatskapelle Berlin), Damien Bachmann (Switzerland – principal clarinet in CHAARTS Chamber Artists Lausanne), Sérgio Fernandes Pires (Portugal – principal clarinet in Musikkollegium Winterthur), Han Kim (South Korea – co-principal clarinet in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

President of the juries – Răzvan Cosmin Poptean (Romania)



1st prize: Alberto ACUÑA ALMELA

2nd prize: Ludovico DEGLI INNOCENTI

3rd prize (ex-aequo): Songyoon RYOO and Kata SCHEURING

Special prizes:

Special prize offered by Wiener Flötenwerkstatt to the best Romanian flutist in the competition: Claudia PANĂ

Special prizes offered by BAM Cases: Songyoon RYOO and Kata SCHEURING



1st prize (ex-aequo): Joё Christian CHRISTOPHE and Gervasio Gaston TARRAGONA VALLI

3rd prize (ex-aequo): Alberto CULMONE and Georgios KARAGKOUNIS

Special prizes:

Special prizes offered by Vandoren: Joё Christian CHRISTOPHE, Alberto CULMONE, Georgios KARAGKOUNIS,  Gervasio Gaston TARRAGONA VALLI

Special prizes offered by BAM Cases: Alberto CULMONE, Georgios KARAGKOUNIS

Special prize offered by Silverstein Works: Alberto CULMONE

Special prize offered by Aperto for the best Romanian clarinettist in the competition: Radu GRELUȘ