1st category: year of birth 2014 and younger
2nd category: year of birth 2013 and 2012
3rd category: year of birth 2011 and 2010
4th category: year of birth 2009 and 2008

Competition programme

1st category:
Bohuslav Martinů: Suite Miniature No. 4
+ optional programme in minimum length of 3 minutes.
Maximum length of the entire performance is 8 minutes.

2nd category:
Round 1: Jan Křtitel Vaňhal: Variations in C Major + one etude by S. Lee No. 1, 2 or 3.
Round 2: optional programme 6 - 12 minutes.

3rd category:
Round 1: Josef Mysliveček: Sonate in G Major (State Music Publishing House Moscow 1960) + one etude by S. Lee No. 10, 18 or 28.
Round 2: optional programme 7 - 15 minutes.

4th category:
Round 1: Bohuslav Martinů: Variations on a Slovak Folk Song (Bärenreiter Prague) + one etude by S. Lee No. 20, 21 or 40.
Round 2: optional programme 8 - 18 minutes.

Sebastian Lee: op. 31, Forty Melodic and Progressive Etudes For Cello Book 1

All pieces must be played from memory. 

The announcer does not provide piano accompaniment!

The competition programme of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th category is divided into two performances (1st performance = 1st round, 2nd performance = 2nd round). All contestants will perform in both rounds.

The points from both rounds are added together to make one score.

All competitors play in the order they draw before the start of the respective category and the order drawn applies to both rounds. The draw takes place half an hour before the start of the category. If a competitor fails to arrive on time, she/he will not be allowed to participate.

The length of a performance is pure playing time, not time on stage (excludes e.g. tuning between pieces). The order of the pieces is arbitrary.

The jury has the right to interrupt the competition performance if the time limit is exceeded. If the minimum limit is not met, the jury may not evaluate the performance.

The jury of the competition is appointed by the organiser on the basis of the jury statute. The jury is international. Competitors have no right to object to the composition of the jury.

The jury has the right to award 1st to 3rd prizes and Honourable Mentions of 1st to 3rd grade. The other competitors will receive a Certificate of Participation.

At the end of the competition, the jury will announce the overall winner of the year, who will be allowed to use the title "Laureate of the Heran Cello Competition". The jury also has the right to award some special recognitions.

All prizes and other awards will be presented to the contestants at the Final concert. If the contestant is not present to receive the prize, it will be forfeited to the organisers. The jury decides who will perform at the Final concert. This decision will be announced to the contestants at the announcement of the results and is binding for the contestants.

All comments, protests, or disputes will be decided by the Organising Committee with final authority.

Competitors must register by submitting a binding entry form and by paying the registration fee no later than 29 February 2024.                    

The entry fee for competitors from abroad is 90 EUR and it is part of the application form. 

IBAN: CZ05 0800 0000 0013 2017 0329


Name of bank account: Klubcentrum v Ústí nad Orlicí

Name of contestant and category in which they compete should be filled in as a “message for the recipient”. Thank you.

In case you are unable to provide your own piano accompanist for yourself, it is possible to contact Mrs. Hana Forsterová, e-mail Kindly make the arrangements with her in advance in order to avoid complications.

All travel expenses, meals and accommodation for the duration of the competition are the responsibility of the participants and are at their own expense. The competition secretariat provides all competitors with free promotional materials, rehearsal facilities and help service.