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The 2022 Winner

Lilian Lefebvre from France is the winner of the 2022 Prague Spring Music Festival  Competition “Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Ruzickova Prize” awarded for first place in the Competition for the Clarinet.

The Foundation’s annual Prize is US$1,500 plus a substantial grant to support future public performances, including compositions by Viktor Kalabis, by the winner.

After an improvement prize obtained unanimously with the congratulations of the jury at the CRR of Paris in the class of Florent HEAU, Lilian Lefebvre was admitted in 2017 unanimously to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Pascal MORAGUÈS  where he obtained his bachelor with honors with the congratulations of the jury in July 2020.
He is the winner of various national and international competitions – and in May 2022 he received first prize and six special prizes at the international competition of the Prague Spring.
Lilian was invited in 2017 and 2019 to the musical meetings of Santander where he performed with Kojiro OKADA, Antonin LEFAURE, Richard WATKINS, Hans-Jörg SHELLENBERG (formerly solo oboe at the Berliner Philharmoniker) and participated in August 2021 in the famous festival of La Roque d’Anthéron alongside the violinist composer Elise BERTRAND, under the advice of the pianist Florent BOFFARD. Last July, in a duo with pianist Vincent MARTINET, they participated in  ” A summer in France” with Gauthier CAPUCON supported by Societe Generale, and then played in AJAM Festival in October 2021.
Lilian has performed on various occasions (festival of musical encounters in artois, festival under the Opalétuvier) alongside his brother Clément LEFEBVRE, renowned pianist.

There were three finalists in the May 2002 Prague Spring Music Festival competition and the final round can be watched on YouTube – and listen to the recording of the concert of all three finalists at


The 2021 Winner

The Arete Quartet from South Korea Wins the 2021 Prague Spring Festival Competition“Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Ruzickova Prize” awarded for first place in the Competition for String Quartets.

The final round of the Prague Spring Festival Competition for String Quartets took place in May 2021. The winners performed compositions by Leoš Janáček’s and Ludwig van Beethoven. Arete Quartet: Seonghyeon Park, Chaeann Jeon, Donghwi Kim, Yoonsun Jang.


The Arete Quartet perform at the Rudolfinum concert hall.

The quartet, founded in September 2019, unanimously passed the Young Chamber Concert audition at Kumho Art Hall in the same year and debuted at Kumho Art Hall in Yonsei in September 2020. It was featured on KBS radio.

The Arete Quartet has performed at the Fraum Instrument Museum, Seocho Chamber Music Festival, Guro Classic Festival, Kukje Art Hall Series and The House Concert. Arete Quartet’s teachers are is Professor Christoph Poppen and Novus Quartet’s Jaeyoung Kim and it received a master class from Ébène Quartet.

Ales Brezina, chairman of the Czech Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Ruzickova Foundation, and member of the US board, with the winners.