In November 2010, Konstanze von Gutzeit further burnished her reputation as one of the world’s promising young cellists by winning a third place award at the prestigious Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann. Von Gutzeit also won a special prize for ‘Best Interpretation of a Concerto by CPE Bach.’ These are just a few of the impressive accolades the young artist has garnered since making her solo debut at age 12.
In 2001, at age 16, von Gutzeit was the youngest participant in Germany’s “Jugend Musiziert” (Young People Make Music) competition and won first prize in the Violoncello category. In the same year she also won the grand prize at Austria’s “Gradus ad Parnassum” competition.
In 2007 she took first prize at the Domenico Gabrielli Competition in Berlin and in 2008 she received the international Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award. In February 2009 she received the Casa da Musica Foundation's International Suggia Prize in Portugal. At the 2010 German Music Competition, her violoncello performance earned her a scholarship from the German Music Council and she was accepted into the 55th Federal Selection of Concerts for Young Artists.
Von Gutzeit was born in Bochum in 1985 and began playing cello on a converted viola when she was just three years old. At age 13 she took up studies with Heinrich Schiff at Vienna University. Since October 2005 she has been working with Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts and has participated in Masters courses with David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman and Antonio Meneses to name a few.
The young cellist has performed with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Brandenburg State Orchestra in Frankfurt-Oder. She has played under the direction of conductors such as Michael Hofstetter, Kurt Masur, Marek Janowski and Michael Sanderling.
Von Gutzeit has appeared in concert halls throughout Europe, Japan, the USA and Costa Rica and she has taken part in prestigious festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Festspielen Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the Bruckner Festival in Linz and the International Kyoto Music Student’s Festival.
Her instrument was made by Italian master Gioffredo Cappa in 1677. It is on loan from the Schulte-Uentrop Foundation.