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Constantin Siepermann started his first cello lessons at the age of 5 with Frédérique Labbow. Two years later he joined the class of Cătălin Ilea at the University of the Arts Berlin, that he left in 2019 to continue his studies at the Music Academy Freiburg, where he is currently pursuing his bachelor studies with Jean-Guihen Queyras. An alumnus of the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Music College, he has been awarded numerous scholarships by the International Academy of Music for the Promotion of Young German Talents, the Kronberg Academy and the Richard Wagner Society. Further musical impulses come through regular masterclasses with, among others, David Geringas, Reinhard Latzko, or Steven Isserlis.

Constantin has been awarded 1st prize in the Violoncello Solo category of the 2016 federal edition of the German Jugend Musiziert Competition. The same year he won the WESPE Special Award of the German Music Council for the best interpretation of Paul Hindemith’s Solo Sonata. He is also a laureate of the Young Talents Competition of the Baltic Music Festival (2016), the Dussmann Competition Berlin (2014 & 2017), and the Napolinova Competition (2020). In February 2022 he won the Grand Prix Gustav Mahler of the International Mahler Cello Competition (Jihlava/Prague).

Constantin Siepermann appears regularly both as a soloist and a chamber musician on various stages and festivals like the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Musikverein Vienna, Amati Festival Maastricht, the International Holland Music Summer, the Bayreuth Festival, Young Euro Classic (conducted by Christoph Eschenbach), Usedom Classic Summer. He plays a cello by Riccardo Antoniazzi (Cremona 1890), offered to him through a private sponsorship.

PROGRAM:

Online Round
Piatti Caprice Op. 25 No. 3
Bach Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb/2
Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73 (any two pieces)
Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor L. 135
Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello

Semifinal
Enescu Cello Sonata No. 2 in C major Op. 26
Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Op. 40
Rostropovich Humoresque Op. 5

Final
Enescu Symphonie Concertante for Cello and Orchestra Op. 8