During the past few years it has been proven that Popper International Cello Competition plays an important role among the international competitions. It is really necessary to emphasize that,
because only very few countries have an international youth cello competition in Europe.
This was the seventh occasion that we provided a possibility for young cellists between the age
of 9 and 23 to show their talent and cello playing in five categories in an international competition. 104 cellists from 22 countries have applied for this competition; finally
88 competitors have taken part. We were very pleased to have 18 applicants from Hungary, the highest number of competitors from a country. There were 12 competitors from Germany, 11 from Austria, 9 from Spain, 7 from South Korea and 6 from Poland, but young
cellists have come from outside Europe, that is from the U.S.A., China and Chile. 16 competitors have already participated in one of our previous competitions.
By now we have established a tradition and during our competition Várpalota has become the capitol of young cellists for five days.
Hoping that the tradition will go on.
See you again at the next David Popper International Cello Competition.