Philharmonie de Paris
(c) Remy Franck

In January 2022 the Philharmonie de Paris is organizing an international instrument-making competition exclusively dedicated to the cello. Programmed at the same time as the 10th String Quartet Biennial, this event follows in the tradition of the many international instrument-making competitions that Paris has hosted.

Open to professionals as well as to students of instrument-making schools, the International Lutherie Competition is composed of two different parts organised in parallel:

– A competition open to professionals (talents of today): Any instrument-maker working professionally as such can submit a cello of any type made by him/her according to the rules of the art, provided that it was completed no later than two years prior to the competition date.

– A competition dedicated to instrument-making schools and their students (talents of tomorrow): All schools offering a diploma in instrument-making can compete and have their students compete, as individuals or as groups. The cello presented must be made from an emblematic instrument taken from the collection of the Musée de la musique. All candidates will receive the same documentation. For this first edition, the cello selected is the Matteo Goffriller, Venice, circa 1710.

A jury composed of musicians and personalities from the world of instrument-making will judge the craftsmanship of the participants as expressed by the instruments themselves and how they sound.

Competition rules and Submission of applications:


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