Cellist Benjamin Kruithof wins the 2022 George Enescu International Competition, cello section

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The Cello Final of the Enescu Competition took place on Thursday, September 8 at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania

Benjamin Kruith of Luxembourg will receive 15,000 euros for having won the first prize in the cello section of the George Enescu International Competition 2022. He was also rewarded during the 2023 and 2024 editions of the International George Enescu Festival and Competition, as well as during concerts organized during the seasons of the Romanian Philharmonic.

Leading Arts Management Company Askonas Holt has partnered with the competition to provide award winners with career guidance and mentorship on a non-exclusive basis for one year.

Constantine Borodin (Republic of Moldova/Romania) won the second prize worth 10,000 euros, while the third prize and 5,000 euros went to Constantin Siepermann (Germany). The Enescu 2022 Competition trophies, awarded to the three young cellists, are made of glass and bear the artist’s signature Iulia Nastase. The jury also awarded the prize for the best foreign accompanist, which went to the Italian Claudio Berra.

The jury for the cello section of the 2022 edition includes David Geringas (president of the jury), Natasha Brofsky, Marin Cazacu, Enrico Dindo, Leonid Gorokhov, Alexandra Guțu, Reinhard Latzko, Meehae Ryo and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.

“It has been two difficult years, due to the pandemic, but I am happy to see that it has not affected us from an artistic point of view, because we have had special performances in this Competition”, said the famous cellist. David GeringasPresident of the Jury of the cello section. “I am particularly happy to have had the opportunity to listen to the works of George Enescu.”

In the finale, which you can watch here, Benjamin Kruith performed the Cello Concerto in B minor op. 104 accompanied by George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestradriven by Tito Munoz.

Kruith began studying the cello at the age of 5 at the Conservatoire du Nord, with Raju Vidali. He has performed with the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra, Herford Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and in concert halls such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Gasteig München, Kings Place in London, Changsha Concert Hall, Renmin University Hall, Guangzhou Opera, Philharmonic in Luxembourg, Cortot Hall in Paris. In 2020, he recorded his first CD with the Herford Philharmonic at Ars Production, and in 2021 he was invited to attend the Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland.

The 18th edition of the George Enescu International Competition takes place in Bucharest from 4 to 18 September. This year, the contest returns to the theater, after two years of online events.

The message that the Enescu contest sends this year is to find hope: Music of Hope | music of hope. More than 100 young musicians from around the world have registered for the online phase of the competition. Among them, 34 talented artists will have the opportunity to perform at the Romanian Athenaeum, in the semi-finals and finals in the three interpretation sections: violin, cello and piano.

The violin section of the competition will also air on The Violin Channel. You won’t miss a beat.

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