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17 Aug

2012 International Marimba Competition

An extraordinarily gifted field of candidates, a highly respected team of jury members, and a perfect setting of Salzburg made the International Marimba Competition Salzburg 2012 a rousing success!

Hosted at University Mozarteum and the Summer Academy Mozarteum by artistic directors Bogdan Bacanu and Peter Sadlo, the 2012 competition took place from July 30th to August 5th.  Candidates from 32 countries came to perform for a panel that included Bacanu, Sadlo, Alexander Mullenback, Momoko Kamiya, Emmanuel Sejourne, Robert van Sice, and Ivana Bilic.
Three rounds of competition required each candidate to perform selections from the standard repertoire.  During the final round, the five remaining candidates each first performed “Dead Strokes” by Minas Borboudakis, a new piece for solo marimba and percussion ensemble that was commissioned for the competition.  The candidates were accompanied by the Via Nova Percussion Group for the performances of “Dead Strokes.”  The final round also included a short 15-20 recital with selections chosen by each candidate. 

Richard Putz, who was a candidate in the 2006 competition as a 13-year-old, was awarded First Prize.  The 2012 First Prize award included a new Adams Alpha Series Marimba, a concert tour in the fall of 2013, and a listing in the European Artist Directory for a period of three years. 

The complete list of prizes was as follows:
1. Prize: Richard Putz (Germany)
2. Prize: Sun Yi (PR China)
2. Prize: Guntars Freibergs (Latvia)
3. Prize: Kai Strobel (Germany) 

Adams President Frans Swinkels presented the new Adams Alpha series marimba to Putz. Regarding his new instrument, Putz said: “It was a very big pleasure to perform the whole International Marimba Competition in Salzburg on the new Adams Alpha Series marimba! This is the most beautiful Sound I´ve ever heard on marimba. So thank you Adams!”

Congratulations to Richard and all prize winners!