Sihao He (G18), a doctoral cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, has advanced to the finals of the 2019 ARD International Cello Competition in Munich, Germany.
Open to cellists of any nationality born between 1990 and 2002, the first prize winner will receive €10,000 (US $11,500). The final round of competition will be held Friday, September 13, and include performances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
A total of 166 applicants entered this year’s cello competition and 64 cellists advanced to the first round, including Bienen School alumna Riana Anthony (G17). Sixteen musicians progressed to the second round, which narrowed to six semi-finalists. He is one of three finalists remaining in the competition.
The 68th ARD International Music Competition will also award prizes in the categories of clarinet, bassoon, and percussion.
Watch He’s opening round performance of the Shostakovich Cello Sonata below.