Chairman of the jury

Born in Berlin in 1935, cellist Wolfgang Boettcher studied with Richard Klemm and Maurice Gendron at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik. Gaining second prize in the ARD International Music Competition, which he won jointly with his older sister, pianist Ursula Trede-Boettcher, in 1958, was the catalyst that launched his international career. He has given solo concerts across the globe together with numerous orchestras and conductors, and has been a guest at festivals worldwide, including the Lockenhaus Festival, the Wiener Festwochen and Berliner Festspiele, and the Salzburg Festival.

A large number of compositions have been dedicated to him, by composers such as Aribert Reimann, Giselher Klebe and Hans Vogt. His repertoire includes all the major cello concertos composed from Vivaldi onwards.

Wolfgang Boettcher is a founding member of both the Brandis Quartet and the ensemble “The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic”. From 1986 to 1992 he was Artistic Director of the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker (Hitzacker Summer Music Festival), and he has been a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts since 1988. Between 1963 and 1976, Boettcher was second principal cellist with the Berliner Philharmoniker before he chose to focus more on solo work and chamber music. In addition, he became a professor at Berlin University of the Arts in 1976. Wolfgang Boettcher continues to give masterclasses and concerts to this day.