The 4. Rising Stars Grand Prix 2019

International Music Competition Berlin

is open to every musician from all over the world with a focus on classical music, folk/traditional music, jazz and musical. It is dedicated to promote musical culture under the banner of world peace and understanding among nations. The competition will be held in the following disciplines for classical music: piano, strings, wind instruments, accordeon, percussion, voice, Lied duo and chamber music. As well as folk/traditional music instruments, jazz and musical. Each discipline is divided into different age categories: Youth, Junior, Intermediate, Advanced, Senior and Amateur. There is no age limit for the participants.

All competitors are required to submit video recording materials for the audition and qualified judges will evaluate them. The final selection of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted. Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the disciplines.

Jury members 2019:

Ms Caroline Fischer is the artistic director and jury chairwoman of the 4. Rising Stars Grand Prix 2019. The concert pianist has given concerts in major concert halls: Philharmonie Berlin, Carnegie Hall New York, Konzerthaus Berlin, Seoul Arts Center, Musikhalle Hamburg, Gumho Art Hall Seoul, Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall, Woori Financial Art Hall Seoul, National Theatre Bangkok, Teatro Municipal de Las Condes Chile, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus. Ms Fischer has played with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Ensemble, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra Berlin and at the International Steinway Piano Festival, EXPO Hanover and Yeosu, Beethoven-Festival Bangkok, Korean Festival Seoul, Schleswig Holstein-Musikfestival. Ms Fischer gave concerts during the state visits of the former German Federal President Roman Herzog to South Korea and Mongolia and performed in “Bellevue” castle Berlin for former Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has won 37 prizes and awards as well as 16 scholarships. Ms Fischer has released four CDs (Genuin Classics).

Prof. Paul Dan is a professor for piano and chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim, Germany since 1978. The well-known pianist studied with renowned Florica Musicescu (teacher of Dinu Lipatti and Radu Lupu). He was a prize winner at the International Bach Competition Leipzig and gave concerts in Europe, North and South America, Africa, East Asia (Japan, Taiwan), South Asia (Thailand, India) and the Middle East. Prof. Dan performed inter alia with the Wiener Symphoniker, Stuttgarter Symphoniker, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonics and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra.

Mr Vladimir Tolpygo, who will join our jury, is a member (First violins) of the famous Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. 2012-2013 he was a violinist in the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and a member of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester till 2016. Mr Tolpygo studied with Sergei Fatkulin, Sergey Arutyunyan, Roman Nodel in Mannheim and in Karlsruhe with Laurent Albrecht Breuninger, where he received his Konzertexamen diploma. He has won prizes at a number of national and international competitions: Prémio Jovens Músicos, Júlio Cardona, International Competition of Young Performers, Pietro Argento and Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition.

Our third jury member is Mr Stefan Wagner, who is the principal trombonist of the Saxony Philharmonic Wind Orchestra. From 2004-2007 he was the assistant principal trombone in the Rundfunkblasorchester Leipzig. He studied at the „Hanns Eisler“ Academy of Music Berlin with Harald Winkler and at the University of Arts Berlin with Joachim Mittelacher and Stefan Schulz, where he received his Konzertexamen diploma. He is also holding a diploma in Early Music from the University of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig. Mr Wagner has given concerts in many European countries as well as in Asia and South America.

Our jury member, Mr Michael Kaulartz, is the principal bassoon player in Iceland’s National Symphony Orchestra and also a regularly guest principal bassonist in London Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony Hamburg, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He studied with Ole Kristian Dahl in Mannheim and in Copenhagen with Audun Halvorsen. Mr Kaulartz can be heard as a soloist on the Hänssler recording with Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante and the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra.

Ms Ludovica Bello is an ensemble member of the Nationaltheater Mannheim. She studied opera singing at the Music Conservatory. F. Venezze and also at the School of Opera (University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim) with Rudolf Piernay, where she sang the witch in Hänsel und Gretel and the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She had her debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and the sister nurse in Suor’Angelica in 2008. She sang Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Aglaja in Der Idiot at the Nationaltheater Mannheim.



The main goal of the competition is to find exceptional musicians and to give them an opportunity to showcase their unique talents. A selected group of prize winners will receive an invitation to perform at the prize winner concert, which will be held in the PHILHARMONIE BERLIN (chamber music hall, 1180 seats) on 26. June 2019 at 19:30, where they will receive the awards. All other winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd prize winners and Honorable mention) will receive their diploma by email at the beginning of July.
Other special awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.

Competition results will be published on the Rising Stars Grand Prix website,, on  10. May 2019.

The 1., 2. and 3. Rising Stars Grand Prix – International Music Competition Berlin had a focus on classical music. The 4. Rising Stars Grand Prix – International Music Competition Berlin will be held in the sections: classical music, folk/traditional music, jazz and musical!

TICKETS for the PRIZE WINNER CONCERT: Eventim Tickets (Stichwort/Keyword: RISING STARS GRAND PRIX 2019)
Tuesday, 26. June 2019 at 19:30 PHILHARMONIE BERLIN (Kammermusiksaal)
Young musical talents from all over the world will present a varied program with works by great classical composers.

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A warm welcome to our this year’s participants of the 3. RISING STARS GRAND PRIX 2018 – INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION BERLIN! We received applications from: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam!

Congratulations to all winners of the 3. Rising Stars Grand Prix 2018 – International Music Competition Berlin!