News from Competition

Dear contestants,

I would like to address you about the horrible war in Ukraine that we are all witnessing now. While doing all we can to help people coming from Ukraine or those staying there, we are determined to live our life as normally as possible. That is why we are still planing to make the competition in person in Ústí nad Orlicí. We feel that it is important for our children to go back to normal life after living with COVID restrictions for such a long time. Our government is stable and competent and we can rely on them to maintain stability in our country. The situation in the Czech Republic is calm now and we firmly believe that it will stay like that in the future.

Surely, none of knows what the following weeks and months will bring, but we want to hope for the best. 

We don’t take the situation in Ukraine lightly and don’t want to be naive, but we still want to give our children as normal life as possible.

Of course, safety is our first concern. Were the situation to change for worse (however we are all hoping for it to be over soon for the sake of Ukrainian citizens) we would move the competition online. But at this point we are preparing everything here in Ústí and we are looking forward to see all of you on our stage again.


Thank you and good luck with preparations for the competition,

Lenka Lipenská
competition diretres

Dear competitors and visitors of the Heran Cello Competition,

Let me inform you about the new developments in the preparation of the 27th year of the competition: 

The smaller number of applications so far indicates that the competition days will be shortened from Thursday, April 21 to Saturday, April 23, 2022.


Preliminary schedule of the competition: 

Thursday April 21

9.00 Opening Ceremony

9.30 Drawing of lots for 1st category 

10.00 1st category competition 

13.30 Drawing of lots for 3rd category 

14.00 3rd category competition

19.30 Concert


Friday April 22

8.30 Drawing of lots for 2nd category 

9.00 2nd category competition

11.30 Drawing of lots for 4th category 

12.00 4th category competition


Saturday April 23

10.00 Reception of foreign participants and guests by the mayor

14.30 Concert of winners and prize-giving ceremony


The schedule is tentative at the moment and its final version will be announced after the application deadline on March 10, 2022. We are accepting applications until then.


If you don't have your own piano accompaniment, you can contact Mrs Hana Forsterová, an experienced pianist and accompanist from the Prague Conservatoire, e-mail:


We wish you good luck in your preparation and we look forward to seeing you in Ústí nad Orlicí. 

On behalf of the organizing team

Lenka Lipenská
competition directress

Applications accepted until March 10

Dear contestants,

the situation around the pandemic is calming down in the Czech Republic, epidemiological regulations are gradually being lifted. However, we are aware that the decision to apply these days is still difficult, so we have decided to postpone the deadline for applications until 10 March 2022 and we firmly believe that in April we will have the opportunity to meet in Ústí nad Orlicí. 
On behalf of the organizing team
Lenka Lipenská
competition directress


Announcement of the 27th Heran Violoncello Competition 

The town of Ústí nad Orlicí announces that 27th Heran Violoncello Competition will take place in person from 20th to 23rd of April 2022 in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic.

More information in Organization Rules.

Prizes 2021

The laureate of 26th Heran Violoncello Competition is Fryderyk Leon Midor from Poland. Congratulation!


The prize from the Master Jaroslav Kocian foundation fund: prize money 5.000 Czech crowns:

  • Fryderyk Leon Midor

The prize from Bärenreiter Prague music publisher for laureate: purchase of music scores in Bärenreiter Praha and Bärenreiter-Verlag Kassel worth 3 000 CZK:

  • Fryderyk Leon Midor

The prize from the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation for the best interpretation of Bohuslav Martinů Variations on Slovakian folk song in 4th category: prize money 15.000 CZK:

  • Lukáš Mareček 

The prize of Frantisek Kinsky, the New Chateau owner in Kostelec nad Orlici, for the best Czech competitor of each category: a ceremony concert invitation:

  • Markéta Štenclová z 1. kategorie
  • Naďa Strnadová ze 2. kategorie
  • Seoyeon Lim ze 3. kategorie
  • Lukáš Mareček ze 4. kategorie
Invitation for Little prodigies concert during Music festival Znojmo 2021 for the extraordinary performance of the young player in the 1st or 2nd category (selected by a jury):
  • Rey Gergov

The prize from the Master Jaroslav Kocian foundation fund for the winner in each category: prize money 2 000 CZK:

  • Rey Gergov
  • Albrecht Freytag
  • Fryderyk Leon Midor

The prize from the Master Jaroslav Kocian foundation fund for the youngest participant:

  • Kanon Huang

We would like to congratulate the winners!

Videos announcing individual categories can be found here.

videos 2021

1st Category

2nd Category

3rd Category

4th Category

Competition catalogue


Recording tips

The deadline for the recording submission is 8th April 2021

Dear contestants and teachers,

We are aware of the complications arising from closed schools, limited traveling possibilities, or health problems caused by the Covid-19 virus. That is why we have decided to move the deadline for the recording submission to the 8th of April 2021. We cannot move it any further, since the jury needs sufficient time to evaluate your performances. 

I wish all of you good luck with preparations for the competition.

Lenka Lipenska
Competition Directress

personal patronage

Mr. Josef Kozel, Pardubice Region Council member in charge of education, gives his personal patronage to 26th Heran Violoncello Competition. This gesture is proof of how much are both the competition and the heritage of cellist Bohus Heran appreciated in the Pardubice Region.