9 editions and 21 years


With a history of 9 editions and 21 years of being founded, the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition already has an important history and is a reference in his field.

The competition Contestants have had come from 27 countries: Germany, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Korea, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, United States, Finland, France, Honduras, Hungary, Mexico, Peru, United United, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela.

We have had winners from 13 different countries: Germany, Argentina, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Colombia, United States, France, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Russia, Venezuela.

4 works have been written especially for the Contest:
2006: Lejanía Interior, Arturo Márquez

2009: Of Bells and Broken Shadows, Jimmy Lopez

2012: violondrina / goloncelo, Luis Jaime Cortez

2016: Iluminata para violonchelo y piano, Opus 123, Marlos Nobre

The quality of the Contest, seen through the work of its contestants, pianists and juries, is remarkable and improves in each edition.


The Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition was founded in 1998 as an initiative from the National Council for the Culture and Arts.
Then the invitation was extended to the State Government of Michoacan, and then the Conservatorio de las Rosas was designated as headquarters in Morelia, Michoacan, that has always hosted the activities of the Competition.

At the begging it was promoted as a national event and whit the time fo the years it’s scope has grown geographically, reaching latinamerica and iberoamerica.

Today, and from his fifth edition in 2006, the Competition has gone as an international event, accepting cello players from any nationality and origin.


Objectives of the competition:

-Stimulate the cello activity and attract the attention of the world to the cello.

  1. Increase, promote, disseminate and disseminate the cello repertoire nationally and internationally.
  2. Encourage the production and circulation of cello music.
  3. Promote the formation and strengthening of new audiences for the cello.