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Geneva Flute Competition 2023 Winners


FIRST PRIZE (CHF 20,000) of the 77th Concours de Genéve was awarded to Flautist, Elizaveta Ivanova.

SECOND PRIZE (CHF 12,000) ex aequo was awarded to Yuan Yu and Mario Bruno.


ELIZAVETA IVANOVA, 26 years old 

Elizaveta Ivanova grew up in St. Petersburg, where she studied at the State Conservatory with Olga Chernyadeva. She then continued her studies with Felix Renggli at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and has already won prizes in numerous international competitions (including Cluj, Crusell and Larrieu). She is a co-soloist in the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, where she also lives. As she says herself, although she enjoys her work and discovering the orchestral and operatic repertoire, she cannot imagine playing solo or chamber music without it. She loves to study, learn new works and take on challenges; she sees competitions as an exciting adventure and an opportunity. 


YUAN YU, 22 years old 

Yuan Yu was born 2001 in Beijing and has already won numerous international competitions, including in Cluj, Prague and Kobe. He has just completed his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, where he completed a master's degree in flute with Sophie Cherrier, a master's degree in piccolo with Nathalie Rozat and a bachelor's degree in baroque flute with Jan de Winne. He continued his studies with Andrea Lieberknecht at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and is the principal flute of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, where he is currently still in rehearsal. His wish, as he wrote in his application, is to take a new path after all these years of studying and to deepen his own aesthetic vision of music and the way he can express it with the flute. He wants nothing more than to "enter into a dialogue with the world through music". 


MARIO BRUNO, 26 years old 

Mario Bruno was born in Melfi, between Naples and Bari in southern Italy. He studied in Foggia with Antonio Amenduni and in Stuttgart with Davide Formisano before taking lessons with Andrea Lieberknecht at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. He has won numerous prestigious prizes, including the 2nd prize at the ARD-Competition in Munich and 1st prize at the Kobe Competition in Japan. He is the principal flute of the Staatskapelle Kassel (Germany) and gives numerous concerts as a soloist. As he writes, this competition is the ideal platform for him to take his musical career to a higher level, a goal for which he is prepared to go beyond his limits. 


The 77th Concours de Genève is devoted to Flute and String Quartet. Following the preselection round, which was held this Spring in Geneva, 40 flautists and 14 string quartets were selected to compete in the 2023 edition.

●  For the first round of the competition, candidates had to independently produce a video recital, which was broadcast online from 11-20 September. The Semi-Final and Final Rounds of the Competition will be held from 24 October - 4 November in Geneva, Switzerland. Tickets can be purchased on

●  Of the 229 artists who applied for the 2023 Competition, 100 musicians were selected to compete in the 77th Concours de Genève, comprising 40 flautists and 14 string quartets.

●  The Competition also offers an ambitious career development program. Comprising different modules, it seeks to help the laureates explore and define their artistic identity, whilst providing the necessary tools to launch an international career.

●  In addition to the official prizes, laureates benefit from two years of services from the concert agency Sartory Artists, partner agency of the Concours de Genève. This includes career 
management, personal coaching and multiple concerts, enabling them to take their first steps on the Swiss and international music scenes.

●  Since 2017, the Concours de Genève has offered its prizewinners a professional workshop 
where they not only acquire knowledge, but above all, get to exchange with their peers, and professionals of the music industry. This year, the workshop will be introducing concert agencies, communication, new concert formats, video, and social media. Participants will also have to present a personal artistic project. All of this will culminate in a public session on Sunday 5 November at the Fondation Louis-Jeantet, in the presence of guests and artistic personalities.

●  Past Flute Laureates include Emmanuel Pahud (1992), Silvia Careddu (2001), Adriana Ferreira (2014), and Yubeen Kim (2014), amongst many others.

●  Founded in 1939, Concours de Genève is one of the world’s leading international music competitions. It aims at discovering, promoting, and supporting young talented artists, giving 
them the necessary tools to launch an international career. Several main disciplines rotate annually, including piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, cello, viola, string quartet, voice, percussion, and composition, which is held every second year.

The 77th Concours de Genève is open to all flautists born
after 4 November 1993

- 20 April: Application deadline
- 2-4 May: Video Preselection Round
- 11-17 Sept: Online Recital
- 30 Oct -2 Nov: Semi-Final in 3 parts (Recital, Chamber Music, Artistic Project) - 4 Nov: Final Round with the OSR

- 1st Prize : CHF 20,000.- - 2nd Prize : CHF 12,000.- - 3rd Prize: CHF 8,000.-

- Audience Prize : CHF 1,500.-
- Young Audience Prize: CHF 1,000.- - Students' Prize: CHF 1,000.-
As well as many other Special Prizes

Silvia Careddu, Chair: Laureate of the Concours de Genève, Flute solo at the Orchestre National de France
Denis Bouriakov: Flute solo at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Magali Mosnier: Flute solo at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France
Loïc Schneider: Flute solo at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Seiya Ueno: International soloist
Henrik Wiese: Flute solo at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Hyeri Yoon: Professor at the Korea National University of Arts, Seoul

Silvia Careddu, Chair Loïc Schneider Michel Bellavance Adriana Ferreira Yuki Koyama

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