Annemarie Federle in the 70th ADR International Music Competition in Munich

More competition success for Annemarie Federle

Following her wonderful performances in the BBC Young Musician competition, Annemarie Federle has recently achieved international success. She reached the semi-final of the 70th ARD International Music Competition in Munich before claiming joint first prize in the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Switzerland.

The ARD competition is one of the toughest in the world. Annemarie was one of the youngest entrants, with many participants already holding jobs in European orchestras, so reaching the semi-final was a remarkable achievement. She also received two special awards for her performances.

Annemarie told the BHS, “I really enjoyed taking part in the ARD competition in September; it was a great experience for me as it was my first international competition, and I’ve never really had to prepare so much repertoire in one go. I didn’t think I would get to the 2nd round, let alone to the semi-final, and playing with the Munich Chamber Orchestra to an audience just made it feel like a concert. I actually had a bit of a stressful second round, as I found out that I had prepared the wrong Hindemith sonata (the F sonata rather than the alto horn sonata in E♭) less than 48 hours before I was due to play! Luckily I had somewhat prepared the York Bowen sonata (for a different competition in Switzerland), which was also on the list, so they let me play that instead. It actually all worked out in the end, though, as this meant that I had one less piece to prepare for the competition that I went to after (Gianni Bergamo award in Lugano, Switzerland), where I ended up winning joint first prize!”

Huge congratulations to Annemarie from the BHS

You can watch Annemarie in the semi-fianls of the ADR competition at 00:41:30 in the video above