The double bass player Michael Karg, a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2014, has won second prize in his category of the 65th ARD International Music Competition. The 1st prize and the audience award went to the Belgian Wies de Boevé who was a student at the Orchestra Academy from 2010-2012 and was taught during that time by the Philharmoniker’s 1st principal bass players Esko Laine and Janne Saksala.
Two other graduates of the Orchestra Academy also enjoyed success at the ARD Competition: Rino Kageyama from Japan, a student of Marie-Pierre Langlamet, won 3rd prize in the harp category. Horn player Félix Derveaux from France, who was taught by Klaus Wallendorf and Fergus McWilliam during his time as a student in 2013, also won third prize.
The ARD International Music Competition, which is held annually by the German television broadcaster ARD, is one of the most important international music competitions and was held this year in the categories of harp, double bass, string quartet and French horn.