An award given to the most promising young dancer: talent as responsibility

Heinz Bosl was an extraordinarily talented artist and died far too young. He embodied values that we want to pass on to future generations: talent, diligence and dedication. Initially, the Heinz-Bosl-Prize was intended to celebrate young male dancers in Germany, in accordance with the foundation’s founding principles. Today the prize is awarded to the most promising dancers from all over the world. The Heinz-Bosl-Prize was initiated by Konstanze Vernon and Fred Hoffmann. It is awarded every two years and is accompanied by a cash prize of 5,000€.


The Heinz Bosl Prize was founded by Konstanze Vernon and Fred Hoffmann and has already been awarded several times. The Heinz Bosl Prize was awarded on December 3, 2023, honoring the most promising young talents. With this award, the foundation commemorates its namesake: Heinz Bosl was an extraordinarily talented artist – popular, appreciated, and died at the age of 28. He is considered one of the best and most prominent German dancers, whose great international career was abruptly ended by his early death. The prize was originally offered exclusively to promote young German male dancers. The foundation has now expanded its award guidelines to include support for ballet and international dancers.

With this year’s award, the jury decided to send a sign of peace in times of conflict. The prize was awared as a sponsorship prize to two promising young Ukrainian talents who had to leave their homeland due to war and violence. The two 19-year-old students will each receive prize money of €2,500. Varvara Lobanova has been studying at the Academia Teatro alla Scala since September 2022 and Serhii Zharikov has been studying at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart since spring 2022.

On the one hand, the prize supports two young dance talents – in the spirit of Heinz Bosl – and at the same time makes a special contribution to the cultural promotion of ballet. It is intended to remind us all in these conflict-ridden times that the language of dance is also a language of peace. The jury wants the two young prize winners to dance the message of peace into the hearts of their audience – hopefully one day again in their homeland.


Varvara Lobanova

Varvara Lobanova, 19 years old, comes from Kharkiv (Ukraine), where she started dancing. From 2020 until the start of the war she studied ballet in Kiev. After the outbreak of war, she left her homeland and has been studying at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala since autumn 2022. At the award ceremony on December 3, 2023, Varvara performed a variation from the first act of “Giselle” in the choreography from Jules Perrot.



Serhii Zharikov is 19 years old and comes from Krasnyj Lyman (Ukraine). He began his lessons at the ballet school in Kiev at the age of 15. On February 22, 2022, he won third place in his first dance competition “Tanzolymp” in Berlin. Two days later the war began. Thanks to the placement of Youth America Grand Prix, he was able to continue studying at the John Cranko School. For the award ceremony he danced “Sonata” together with Kaela Tapper, a pas de deux by Uwe Scholz set to music by Sergej Rachmaninoff.


At the matinee on 11th November, 2018, three prizes of €1,500.00 were awarded to three young, talented up-and-coming dancers (18 – 22 years old).


Gabriel Figueredo

Gabriel Figueredo was born in Novo Hamburgo (Brazil) and grew up in Taquara and São Paulo. He began his ballet training at the school Andanças de Rita Candemil in Taquara before he went to Pavilhão D in São Paulo in 2010. In 2013 he won the Youth Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix where he met Tadeusz Matacz, Director of the John Cranko Schule. Upon his invitation he continued his training at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart as of 2014 and graduated in 2019. Already as a student he was dancing with the Stuttgart Ballet. In 2017 Demis Volpi created the role of Tadzio in the opera-ballet-coproduction Death in Venice for him.

Gabriel Figueredo has already won numerous prestigious prizes. In 2018 he won the first prize in the Classical Dance Category at the Youth America Grand Prix in Barcelona as well as the Heinz-Bosl-Prize. In the following year he was awarded the prize as the best male dancer at the Prix de Lausanne 2019. He also won the Grand Prix and the Dance Europe Magazine Award at the Youth America Grand Prix 2019.

In the 2019/20 season Gabriel Figueredo became a member of Stuttgart Ballet’s Corps de ballet.He was promoted to Demi-Soloist at the beginning of the 2021/22 season.


Koyo Yamamoto

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Koyo Yamamoto started dancing when he was 5 years old. From the age of 11 began training at the Acri-Horimoto Ballet Academy before being accepted at the Tanz Akademie in Zürich where continued his studies for another three years. During this time he won 1st Prize at the Talinn International Ballet Competition in Estonia and the 4th Prize at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. In 2020 he joined the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company and in 2022 was promoted to the main company as an Élève.


Justin Rimke

Justin Rimke was born in Berlin and trained at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin. With the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Justin Rimke danced with the Bavarian Junior Ballett Munich as a scholarship holder of the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation. Since 2018 Justin has been a member of the DJKT Ballet Company in Pilzen, Czech Republic, where he has performed as Pepe in «House of Bernarda Albe», The Prince in «The Sleeping Beauty», Konrád & Ali in «Le Corsaire», Lucenzio in «The Taming of the Shrew», The Prince in «Gold Star Prince», Fate in «Anastasia – the last daughter of the Tsar», The Prince in «Swan Lake» and Espada in «Don Quixote» amongst others.



An artistic flame passed on from one outstanding dancer to the next.

The 10,000 € Konstanze-Vernon-Award is one of the largest in Germany and is awarded every two years to an exceptional dancer at the beginning of their international career. The prize money comes from Konstanze Vernon’s personal estate. The final decision is made by a jury of experts assembled by Ivan Liška and approved by the foundation board. 


Raffaelle Querioz

Rafaelle Queiroz is from Brazil. She received her training in Rio de Janeiro and at the Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim, where she received a scholarship from the Tanzstiftung Birgit Keil. She was a finalist at the «Prix de Lausanne» and won the Langham Award at the Youth American Grand Prix 2009. She was a member of the Badisches Staatsballett Karlsruhe from 2009 to 2019, where her roles included Odette/Odile in Christopher Wheeldon’s «Swan Lake», Myrtha in Peter Wright’s «Giselle», the title role in Peter Schaufuss’ «La Sylphide», Katharina/Bianca in Cranko’s «The Taming of the Shrew», Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan’s «Romeo and Juliet», and the title role in Jiří Bubeníček’s «Rusalka». In addition, she appeared in choreographies by Hans van Manen, Heinz Spoerli, Davide Bombana and Reginaldo Oliveira.  She joined Ballett Zürich in the 2019/20 season.


Jacopo Bellussi

Jacopo Bellussi was born in Genoa and trained at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milano and the Royal Ballet School in London. He then went to Munich to join the first generation of what is now the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich, when it was still under the leadership of Konstanze Vernon. In 2012, he joined the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier. He became a soloist in 2017 and was promoted to principal at the beginning of the 2019/20 season. Working with John Neumeier, he created the role of A figure from the romantic novels Tatiana loves to read in «Tatjana», The Soldier’s Friend (Annunzio Cervi) in «Duse» and a solo in «Beethoven-Projekt». His repertoire in ballets by John Neumeier includes Alexej Vronski in «Anna Karenina», the title role in «Romeo and Juliet», Leonid Massine in «Nijinsky», Gaston Rieux and Des Grieux in «The Lady of the Camellias» and solo roles in «The Song of the Earth» and «Saint Matthew Passion». In 2016, the dance magazine Danza & Danza named him “Best Italian Dancer Abroad”.


Jonah Cook

Jonah Cook was born in England and began his dance training at Liberatus Dance in Swindon. He graduated from the Royal Ballet Upper School in London and went on to dance with the Royal Ballet in «Manon», «Romeo and Juliet» and «The Nutcracker», among other ballets. Jonah Cook joined the Bavarian State Ballet II (now Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich) as a trainee in September 2012 and was promoted to the ensemble of the Bavarian State Ballet at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season. A year later, he was promoted to soloist. He was promoted again in the 2016/2017 season (to first soloist) and became a principal at the beginning of the 2017/2018 season. He left the ensemble in 2019 to join Ballett Zürich in Switzerland. With the beginning of the 2020/21 season, Jonah Cook returned to the Bavarian State Ballet for two seasons, until July 2022. In June 2022 he showcased his first choreographic work, «Played», in an evening entitled “Heute ist morgen” (Today is tomorrow).


Ivy Amista

Ivy Amista was born in São Paolo in Brasil, where she trained professionally at the Camilla School of Ballet. After participating and winning the gold medal at the IX Seminario Internacional de danca in Brasilia in 2001, she received a scholarship to complete her training in Munich at the Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung. After graduating, she became a member of the Bavarian State Ballet. In 2004, she was made demi-soloist, followed by a promotion to soloist in the 2007/2008 season. At the beginning of the 2014/2015 season, Ivy Amista was made principal. She announced her retirement from the stage in June 2020 and now devotes herself to her new role as Ballet Mistress with the Bavarian State Ballet.