Sihao He (G18), a doctoral cello student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, won third prize and €5,000 in the 2019 ARD International Cello Competition in Munich, Germany.
Open to cellists of any nationality born between 1990 and 2002, the 68th ARD International Music Competition will also award prizes in the categories of clarinet, bassoon, and percussion.
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 was one of the three finalists remaining who performed Friday, September 13, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His final round performance of Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, op. 129, can be viewed below.