Japanese cellist Michiaki Ueno wins Geneva music competition

Japan Times -- Oct 30
GENEVA – Michiaki Ueno won the top prize in the cello division of the Geneva International Music Competition on Thursday, the organizers said, becoming the first Japanese cellist to receive the award.

The 25-year-old was awarded 20,000 Swiss francs ($22,000) for claiming first prize, while Bryan Cheng of Canada, 24, and Jaemin Han of South Korea, 15, ranked second and third in the competition, respectively.

“I was happy enough I was able to play a piece I love, but it is great the result turned out to be good,” said Ueno, who currently studies at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Dusseldorf, a music university in Germany.

He was formerly a student of Japanese cellist Hakuro Mori, professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. The Geneva competition, founded in 1939, discovers, supports and promotes talented classical musicians up to 30 years of age and is considered a springboard to an international career.

In 2019, Japan’s Hinako Takagi, 32, won the first prize in the composition division.

Ueno performed Witold Lutoslawski’s “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra” in the final. He said this piece was one of the reasons why he decided to enroll in the competition as “the occasions to play this concerto are rare.”

若手音楽家の登竜門として知られるスイスの『ジュネーブ国際音楽コンクール』のチェロ部門で、上野通明さん(25)が優勝しました。 - ANNnewsCH