Guitarist Vincent Opheikens (13) wins Concertgebouw Prize

When he plays, “he sucks the attention of the audience,” the jury found. “Only the greatest musicians can do that.”

On Sunday, 13-year-old Vincent Opheikens won the fourteenth edition of the Royal Concertgebouw Competition for young classical talent. Six young musicians, selected from 157 children, took part in the final. They could all participate in a musical workshop day in the Concertgebouw. A number of them then took part in the masterclass and semifinals.

Amsterdam Vincent Opheikens started taking classical guitar lessons with Sandra Romkes at the age of six. He has been taking lessons from concert guitarist Izhar Elias for two years.

After two corona years, the Competition could take place live again as usual. Opheikens was awarded a sum of €1,000 by the jury chairman, conductor Vincent de Kort, to develop further musically. Next season he will also be able to give a lunch concert in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw and perform at Klassiek op het Amstelveld in September.

Well-known previous winners of the Concertgebouw Prize include Jala Heywood (double bass, 2020), Aidan Mikdad (piano, 2013), Carter Muller (piano, 2012) and Lucie Horsch (recorder, 2009).

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