Competitions & funding
Among the Folkwang prizes, a special prize for the encouragement of young pianists (to the value of 1,000 euros) and the Josef and Else Classen Foundation Dance Prize (to the value of 750 euros) are also awarded. For both prizes, students must be nominated by the teacher of the specialist subject.
The annual awards ceremony is held at the end of the summer semester as part of a concert in the new auditorium.
In 2001, on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kurt Jooss (1901–1979), co-founder of the Folkwang Hochschule and founder of the Folkwang Dance Studio, a Dance encouragement prize for young choreographers was established and named after him.
Applications are solicited internationally by the Anna Markard (nee Jooss) Foundation, Herman Markard and the City of Essen. The prize is to the value of 6,000 euros and is awarded once every three years. It is open to young choreographers who are working professionally but are not yet established. Applicants are subject to neither stylistic constraint nor age limit.
More detailed information can be obtained from the Cultural Office (Kulturbüro) of the City of Essen. Tel.: 0201_8841203 or by email: alfons.wafner(at)kulturbuero.essen.de
Köhler-Osbahr Foundation Encouragement Prize
The Köhler-Osbahr Foundation for the Encouragement of Art and Scholarship was established in 1986 by the couple Ingeborg Köhler Osbahr and Dr. Herbert W. Köhler. The Encouragement prize for up-and-coming musicians has been awarded annually since 1994 and is an important instrument for the musical encouragement of young people. The award recognises students of the Folkwang University of the Arts Duisburg location and of the Lower Rhine School of Music and Art (Niederrheinische Musik- und Kunstschule) in Duisburg. The prize money amounts to a total of 7,500 euros. The annual awarding of the prizes takes place as part of a concert in the foyer of the City of Duisburg Theatre. The artistic director of the competition is Prof. Till Engel.
Further information and registration:
Folkwang Universität der Künste (Standort Duisburg) | Künstlerisches Betriebsbüro
Düsseldorfer Strasse 19
Tel.: 0203 295 88 13
International Carl Bechstein Piano Competition – Ruhr
The international Carl Bechstein piano competition continues in the tradition of its patron, Carl Bechstein, who was actively committed to addressing the needs of musicians and fellow citizens of his time. This competition is not about pianistic perfection alone but about artistry. The competition programme encompasses the important standard works of the piano repertoire, from the baroque via the Viennese classical and the German and European romantic to the music of our time. The artistic personalities of the candidates and their aptitude for the demands of the present-day concert business can be best discerned across this broad spectrum. In addition, the age limit (up to the candidate’s 40th birthday), unusual on the competition scene, allows pianists to compete who have already established a profile but who are not yet widely recognised. Artistic director of the competition is Professor Boris Bloch.
Further information and registration:
Folkwang Ensemble in Residence
The title of Folkwang Ensemble in Residence is awarded for a period of two years by the Folkwang University of the Arts and the Dr. Josef and Brigitte Pauli Foundation. The purpose is to provide encouragement for young chamber music ensembles that have a promising future and are ready to establish themselves in international concert life. The title is the flagship for the Folkwang University of the Arts’ artistic / chamber music training, and it represents an appreciation for and valuing of chamber music interpretation at the very highest level.
The prize includes a cash award of 5,000 euros, two concerts at the Folkwang University of the arts and participation in two projects in the area of chamber music training at the Hochschule.
The soloists in symphony concerts at the Folkwang University of the Arts are selected within the framework of an audition process – the Folkwang Competition. Winners receive 1,000 euros each from the Dr. Josef and Brigitte Pauli Foundation and appear with the Folkwang University of the Arts orchestra. Students (string players) are recommended for the audition by their teachers.