The next international hülsta woodwinds competition will be held at the Music Conservatory Münster/Westphalia in 2011. More information will be announced in autumn 2010.



Koryun Asatryan (saxophon) and Zeynep H. Köylüoglu (bassoon)
win 1. "hülsta woodwinds" International Woodwind Competition

[May 4, 2008] This evening the decision on the two laureates in the 1. "hülsta woodwinds" International Woodwind Competition in Münster/Germany was reached. The two equal prizes of the competition are awarded to 21-year-old Zeynep H. Köylüoglu from Turkey, and Armenian saxophonist Koryun Asatryan.

Koryun Asatryan was born in 1985 in Yerevan, Armenia. In 2002 he moved to Germany in order to study with Daniel Gauthier in Dortmund at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Abt. Dortmund. In 2003 he followed his teacher to the Music Conservatoire Cologne. Koryun Asatryan took masterclasses with Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp and Jean-Marie Londeix. He has received many awards, including 1st prize “Jugend musiziert”, 2nd prize in the International Competition “Pacem in Terris” Bayreuth, 1st prize in the International “Gustav Bumcke” Competition, 1st prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece in the International Aeolus Woodwind Competition, Düsseldorf. Furthermore, Koryun Asatryan received a special prize from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and held scholarships at the Vladimir-Spivakov-Stiftung, the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken-Stiftung and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. He plays concerts all over the world and has been invited to renowned festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Rheingau Musikfestival and the Luzerne Festival.

Zeynep H. Köylüoglu was born in 1986 in Ankara, Turkey. After her studies with Tolga Alpay at the State Conservatoire Izmir, she went to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover in 2006 where she is studying with Dag Jensen. In 2005 she won the “Young Talents” competition of the Is Sanat, Istanbul. In 2007 she toured with the Gustav-Mahler-Jugendorchester.

Seven international jurors had to chose the most excellent woodwind players among six finalists who gave brilliant performances. Besides the two winners Timea Megyesi (oboe, Hungary), Sebastian Manz (saxophon, Germany), Bartolomiej Dus (saxophon, Poland) and Shin-Ying Ling (flute, Taiwan) took part in the last round in the Music Conservatoire Münster. A total of 170 musicians from all over the world had applied for the competition, 41 of them had been invited to Münster by the jury. Koryun Asatryan and Zeynep H. Köylüoglu win a 6,000 Euro cash award each, a CC ClassiClips CD production ( and several concert engagements. The awards ceremony takes place on November 28th in Münster.
"hülsta woodwinds" is organised by the GWK, a non-profit society for the support of outstanding young artists in Münster (, and hülsta, an manufacturer of quality furniture in Stadtlohn, Westfalia (

For more information and video clips see "Final"

46 Entrants from 24 Countries Are Invited

[April 4, 2008] A total of 46 woodwinds from 24 countries, from Australia to Hungary, succeeded in the first phase of the International Woodwind Competition hülsta woodwinds and are invited to Germany. 6 recorders, 6 oboes, 8 bassoons, 7 flutes, 9 clarinets, and 10 saxophones perform on the first weekend of May in Münster in order to get one of the two awards endowed by 6.000 Euros.

From more than 170 candidates they have been chosen by five music experts together with the competition board. The jury graded the sent in compact disks in a “blind test”, to be able to judge totally without bias. The elected 25 female and 21 male musicians at the age of 17 to 27 are studying not only at German but also internationally renowned academies of music like the Royal College of Music in London, the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa or the Conservatoire de musique des Genève, attending the classes of the best professors in these different musical fields.

The level of the applications has been very high, the head of the competition Dr Matthias Schröder underlined. He does not only expect a thrilling contest but he also hopes for a large attendance during the public auditions. From 1 May to 4 May visitors will be able to experience live who will win the desired awards by attending the contest - free admission - in the concert hall of the Music Conservatoire Münster. The decision will be announced the same night of the final day, Sunday 4 May at 8 p.m. in the concert hall.