Prizes Awarded at Turkey’s Benyamin Sönmez International Cello Competition

Russian cellist Rustem Khamidullin has been awarded 1st prize at the 2nd 2017 Benyamin Sönmez International Cello Competition

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28 year old Russian cellist Rustem Khamidullin has been awarded 1st prize at the 2nd 2017 Benyamin Sönmez International Cello Competition – in Fethiye, Turkey.

A graduate of the Gnesin Academy of Music, Basel University School of Music and the Stuttgart University of Music, Rustem is a former major prize winner at the Kozolupov International Cello Competiton and the Gisborne International Music Competition.

He will receive €5000 – and a number of important European concert debuts.

No 2nd prize was awarded at this year’s competition.

Joint-3rd prize was awarded to cellists Ülker Tümer from Turkey and Cansın Kara from Turkey.

This year’s jury comprised: Christoph Henkel, Claus Kanngiesser, Dilbag Tokay, Ibrahim Yazici, Munif Akalin and Mehmet Sönmez.

The competition was started in 2015 in commemoration of talented German-Turkish cellist, Benyamin Sönmez who tragically died suddenly from a heart attack – aged just 28.

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