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Charles Olivieri-Munroe chairs the International Aeolus Music Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany

2017 The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments Flute Clarinet Saxophone

September 12th to 17th 2017


Organiser of the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments is the Sieghardt Rometsch Stiftung. It is the mission of the Sieghardt Rometsch Stiftung to support talented young musicians. While there is general awareness in our society for the need to foster young scientific talent, the same is not true for encouraging highly talented young artists. This foundation aims to make a constribution towards redressing the balance between scientific and artistic education. To this end, the foundation focuses on the discovery and support of musical talent in young people, so that Man shall not neglect himself, as Schiller demanded in his letters of aesthetic education. For music addresses the soul, mind and body in equal measure. It promotes intelligence and self-confidence as much as social behaviour. The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments is at the centre of the foundation's strategy to encourage the gifted youth. It intends to encourage wind musicians to exceptional achievements, to create for them a yardstick for performance standards, and finally to offer them a plattform for public performance.

Cooperation partner

  • Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf

  • Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

  • Deutschlandfunk Köln

Jury Overview

Charles Olivieri-Munroe


Charles Olivieri-Munroe, born in 1969 on the island of Malta. Canadian citizen since 1971.

Charles Olivieri-Munroe grew up in Toronto where he studied the piano with the eminent pedagogue, Boris Berlin, at the Royal Conser vatory of Music and at the University of Toronto. Following his graduation in 1992 he won three Ontario scholarships to study conducting with Otakar Trhlik at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czechoslovakia.In 1997 Charles Olivieri-Munroe was a recipient of a career grant from the Canada Concil for the Arts.

In 1997 Charles Olivieri-Munroe was appointed Chief Conductor of the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Teplice. In 2000 he won the first prize in the 2000 “Prague Spring International Music Festival” Conducting Competition.

In 2011 Charles Olivieri-Munroe was appointed Chief Conductor of the Philharmonie Südwestfalen.

In 2015 he was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic.

Emily Beynon


Emily Beynon born in Wales, Great Britain, began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett atthe Royal Academy of Music and with Alain Marion in Paris.

In 2002 Emily was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.Emily Beynon is the principal flutist of the ConcertgebouwOrchestra in Amsterdam. Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emilyhas performed as concerto soloist with, amongst others, TheRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, themajor BBC Orchestras, NHK Symphony, the English ChamberOrchestras and the Acadamy of St. Martin in the Fields.As a chamber musician she works regularly with her sister, the harpist Catherine Beynon and the pianist Andrew West.Aa a passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world.

Together withbusiness women (and amateur flautist) Suzanne Wolf Emily hasset up an exciting new flute summer school, the Netherlandsflute academy which launched in 2009.

Alain Crepin


Alain Crepin (born 28th February 1954) is professor of saxophone at the Brussels ‘Conservatoire Royal de Musique’ and professor of orchestration and conducting at the Conservatory of Music of Esch-sur-Alzette (Grand Duchy of Luxemburg).

Since 1983 he is a military bandmaster and for 21 years he was musical director of the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Air Force. Until August 31th 2008 Major Alain Crepin was appointed artistic director of all the bands of the Belgian Army.

As a soloist or conductor he has recorded some 60 compact discs and performed all over the world. As a composer, Alain Crepin wrote numerous works for saxophone or symphonic band. Crepin’s compo-sitions are always published.

Since 2005, he is president of the jury of the International Saxophone Contests at Dinant . He is member of numerous international juries’ and is regularly invited for master-classes all over the world.

He accompanied the greatest saxophone players at the European Saxophone Days at Dinant, at the World Saxophone Congresses in Minneapolis (Minnesota), in Ljubljana (Slovenia), at the first European Congress in Ciudad Real (Spain), in the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg and also in the 3th International ESax in Brasilia.

Claude Delangle


Claude Delangle is one of the greatest contemporary saxophonists, and stands out as the master of the French Saxophone School in classical and contemporary music.

Since receiving first prizes in saxophone (1977) and chamber music (1979) at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Claude Delangle has developed a remarkable career as an international soloist, combining concerts and recordings with top-level teaching.

He has been collaborating with the most reknown composers including L. Berio, P. Boulez, Toru Takemitsu and A. Piazzolla. He playes regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic, and has made nearly 20 recordings. Delangle has toured internationally most recently in the USA, Canada and Japan.

After obtaining several outstanding Premiers Prix at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, Claude Delangle was appointed Professor in 1988, where he has created the most prestigious saxophone class in the world.

Thorsten Johanns


Born in 1976, Thorsten Johanns received clarinet and saxophone lessons from his Hungarian teacher László Dömötör from the age of eight. He went on to study the clarinet with Prof. Ralph Manno at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. Aged only 25, Thorsten Johanns was appointed principal clarinettist with the WDR-Sinfonieorchester Cologne.

As a soloist, he has worked with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Semyon Bychkov, Eivind Aadland, and Yutaka Sado, and he is a welcome guest with renowned ensembles and orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt.

Thorsten Johanns is the first and (presently) the only German clarinettist to have been invited to New York by principal conductor Alan Gilbert in order to perform with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He appears at numerous international festivals in Germany, Sweden, and Finland as a soloist and member of various chamber music ensembles; he has also repeatedly followed Heinz Holliger‘s personal invitation to appear at the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte (Switzerland).

Thorsten Johanns was appointed Professor of Clarinet at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar in 2015.

Harri Mäki


Harri Mäki began studying the clarinet with Kari Kriikku in 1977. He graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve with Premier Prix from the class of Thomas Friedli.

Harri Mäki is the solo clarinetist and a founding member of the Tapiola Sinfonietta (established in 1988) and is a member of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra in Helsinki. He is also the head of the clarinet department in Finland's highest-ranking institution of music studies, the Sibelius Academy. He teaches clarinet master classes and chamber music both in Finland and abroad.

Mäki has performed frequently as a soloist and a chamber musician in most European countries, South America, Far-East and Asia. Harri Mäki's has performed as soloist and chamber musician with international renowned artists such as Sakari Oramo, Wolf Dieter Hauschild, Joseph Swensen, Dag Jensen, Albrecht Meyer and Izumi Tateno. He can also be heard on the BIS and Ondine labels.

Henrik Wiese


Henrik Wiese was born in 1971 in Vienna und grew up in Hamburg. He studied Flute with Professor Ingrid Koch-Dörnbrak (Hamburg) and Professor Paul Meisen (Munich). He received a grant from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

In 1995, after five semesters of studying, Henrik Wiese was engaged as principal flutist in the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (Munich). Since September 1, 2006 he holds the same position in the Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Henrik Wiese has received awards from a number of national and international competitions. He was a price winner of the German Music Competition (1995) and a winner of the renowned ARD Music Competition in Munich among others.

Concert tours have taken Henrik Wiese to North- and South America, Asia and throughout Europe.

In 1998/1999 Henrik Wiese temporarily took over a professorship at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. He taught master classes in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Germany and Japan.

Henrik Wiese is also active in music publishing. His long association with the G. Henle Verlag in Munich concentrates largely on the music of Mozart. The flutist stands up for the highly underestimated Bach pupil Johann Philipp Kirnberger.

Raimund Wippermann

Raimund Wippermann studied music teaching, sacred music and choirmaster at the University of Music in Cologne and Duesseldorf. Postgraduate studies at the conservatory in Stockholm followed (amongst others with Professor Eric Ericson); several years’ engagement as church musician; 1991 appointment as Director of Music at the dome in Essen where he was entrusted with the direction of the dome choir and the formation of the girls’ choir.

Since 1997 is Raimund Wippermann professor for choir conducting at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf where he already started as a teacher in 1990. A special emphasis of his work as professor is the choir master teaching of students of sacred music.

Since August 2004 he has been the director of the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.

Raimund Wippermann is the founder and artistic director of the chamber choir Cantemus. From 1995 until September 2000 he was also choir master of the Städtischer Musikverein in Düsseldorf.

He has been a prize winner of the German choir competition with his chamber choir Cantemus in 1990 in Stuttgart and the first price in the 8th German choir competition 2010 with his girl choir of the Dome in Essen.

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