Final selection for the Pablo Casals International Award for Young Cellists was made virtually on 20th November 2020. The ten finalist candidates performed two pieces which they recorded for the jury to watch. The jury, chaired by Marta Casals Istomin, Co-founder and Vice-president of the Pau Casals Foundation, was made up of internationally renowned cellists such as Claudio Bohórquez, Henri Demarquette, Gustav Rivinus, Arnau Tomàs (winner of the Pau Casals Scholarship in 1991), and also Bernard Meillat, artistic advisor of the Pau Casals Foundation and secretary of the jury, and deliberated by videoconference, in a virtual edition due to Covid-19.
Felix Brunnenkant, student at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium (Austria). Born in Überlingen, Germany, in 2001, he studies cello at the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium (Austria), with professor Mathias Johansen. He has performed at the Saint-Saëns Concertoin Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Graf Zeppellin Haus and the Elgar Concerto with the Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium Orchestra. In 2019 he was awarded first prize for cello at the Jugend Musiziert competition in Germany.