24 candidates will perform a concerto and a recital in the semi-final rounds this week, which conclude on Saturday 18 May

QE semifinalists cr Zoe Simon

The 24 semi-finalist for the 2024 Queen Elisabeth Competition © Zoé Simon

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On Saturday 11 May, the chairman of the jury for the Queen Elisabeth Competition announced the 24 semi-finalist candidates for this year’s violin competition. The announcement follows the first round performances, which took place in Flagey, Brussels, from 6 to 11 May.

The semi-finalists were chosen from 69 first-round candidates. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Anna Agafia
  • Joshua Brown
  • Angela Chan
  • Hana Chang
  • Elli Choi
  • SongHa Choi
  • Emmanuel Coppey
  • Anna Im
  • Lorenz Karls
  • Ruifeng Lin
  • Bohdan Luts
  • Nathan Mierdl
  • Georgii Moroz
  • Julian Rhee
  • Dmitry Smirnov
  • Karen Su
  • Ruslan Talas
  • Dmytro Udovychenko
  • Pauline van der Rest
  • Minami Yoshida
  • Mio Yoshie
  • Dayoon You
  • Leonid Zheleznyi
  • Kevin Zhu

The semi-final rounds take place from Monday 13 until Saturday 18 May at Studio 4 of Flagey in Brussels, at 3pm and 8pm. The candidates will each perform twice: with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, under the baton of Vahan Mardirossian, for a concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and on another day in recital.

12 finalists will be announced following the evening performance on 18 May. For the final rounds, which will be held from 27 May to 1 June, each finalist will perform the compulsory work, written especially for the violin edition final (world premiere on Monday 27 May 2024), plus a concerto of their own choice, with the Belgian National Orchestra under the baton of Antony Hermus.

The final results will be announced after the last performance on Saturday 1 June. The top prize up for grabs is the Queen Mathilde Prize, worth €25,000.

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