|Sponsor I Organizer:||Prof. Jörg Joachim Metzger and Margaret Sheila Metzger-Braidech I University of Music Würzburg|
|Year of foundation:||2018|
|Instrument I Category:||Violoncello or Voice|
|Participants:||Students of the University of Music Würzburg|
|Turnus:||annually alternating between categories|
|Prize money:||5.000 €|
|Obligations:||Performance at the winners' concert|
The founder of the Seraphin Competition, Prof. Jörg Metzger, as the son of a musician and conductor, came into contact with music at a very early age. After his family had been expelled from the Sudetenland in 1945, he received private lessons on violoncello and piano. Later he was admitted to the master class of Prof. Adolf Steiner at the Musikhochschule Köln. According to Jörg Metzger, he owes these lessons "everything that later made up my career". As a result, he listed Prof. Adolf Steiner and his wife Hilma by name in the foundation deed of the Seraphin Foundation.
The name Seraphin Foundation derives from the builder of the cello of Prof. Jörg Metzger, the Venetian violin maker "Sanctus Seraphinus". This instrument has accompanied the founder throughout his professional life and also gave its name to the "Seraphin Trio", with whom he has performed throughout Europe for over 25 years.
Prof. Jörg Metzger himself did not come from a wealthy family, so that he financed his entire studies with scholarships and competition money, among other things he received a scholarship from the Federation of German Industry and was one of the young artists selected by the German Music Council.
After two years as solo cellist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the first president of the Würzburg University of Music, Prof. Hanns Reinartz, brought the 26-year-old to Mainfranken as a university teacher. Here Jörg Metzger remained active for 40 years.
In 1968 he received the Förderpreis des Freistaates Bayern, in 1984 the Kulturpreis der Sudetendeutschen Landsmannschaft and in 1987 he was appointed as a full member of the Sudetendeutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste.
With the Seraphin Foundation, the Metzger couple would like to give back "something of what we have received in good things".