Date: January 30 to February 10, 2018
Named after the Polish composer Witold Lutoslawki, the competition aims to establish international connections between young cellists and cello professors through competitions. With an emphasis on a balanced musical talent, candidates are to interpret repertoires of a wide stylistic range, from works of early periods to that of contemporary times. Dedicated to promote young cellists, the competition is the first to place a strict age limit (24 or under) amongst all in Europe, adding on to its demanding feature. Candidates entering the final round are to perform Lutoslawki’s concerto works with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from the winners, awards will be assigned to the best performance of various repertoires. Atop all, the Grand Prix may be granted to the best interpreter of Lutoslawski’s concerto upon jury’s decision. Laureates of previous years include Philip Higham (2009), Marcin Zdunik (2007, Grand Prix winner), Kenji Nakagi (2005), Julian Steckel (2003), Bartosz Koziak (2001), Danjulo Ishizaka (1999), Anna Tyka (1997) and more.