At this year’s Muri Competition, Bunkichi Arakawa from Japan won first prize in the oboe category, while his fellow countryman Kenichi Furuya and the Spaniard Javier Biosca Bas won first and second prizes respectively in the bassoon category. All three instrumentalists are currently studying at the Berliner Philharmoniker's Karajan Academy, beating off 70 others at the competition.
“We are of course delighted that three of our students came away with prizes,” says Peter Riegelbauer, head of the Academy and double bass player with the Berliner Philharmoniker. “At the same time, it is a great endorsement of our work at the Academy, where we not only train our students for the profession of an orchestral musician, but also specifically prepare them for such challenging situations as competitions and auditions.”
The Muri Competition is a renowned international competition for double reed instruments and was held this year in the Swiss monastery Muri for the third time. Its slogan: “Open your ears to the bassoon and oboe!”