BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at Romania’s Enescu International Cello Competition

23-year-old Marcel Johannes Kits has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 George Enescu International Cello Competition

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23-year-old Marcel Johannes Kits from Estonia has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 George Enescu International Cello Competition – in Bucharest, Romania.

A graduate of the Trossingen University of Music and the Berlin University of the Arts, where he studied with Francis Gouton and Jens Peter Maintz, Marcel is a former major prize winner at the Brahms International Cello Competition.

He will receive 15,000 EUR (US $17,000) – plus a number of important international performance invitations.

2nd prize was awarded to 17-year-old Yibai Chen from China.

3rd and 4th prizes were awarded to 25-year-old Stanislas Kim from France and 26-year-old Shizuka Mitsui from Japan.

The 2018 cello jury comprised: David Geringas (President), Raphael Wallfisch, Leonid Gorokhov, Alexandra Guţu, Philippe Muller, Jian Wang, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Myung-Wha Chung, Arto Noras and Marin Cazacu.

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