Twelve violinists will perform in the finals between 27 May and 1 June

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The twelve finalists of the 2024 Queen Elisabeth Competition

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The Queen Elisabeth Competition has announced the twelve violinists that will proceed to its final round. Every evening between 27 May and 1 June, two finalists will perform at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts, competing for a grand prize of €25,000.

The selected finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Joshua Brown (US, b.1999)

Hana Chang (US, b.2002)

Elli Choi (US, b.2001)

SongHa Choi (Korea, b.2000)

Anna Im (Korea, b.1997)

Julian Rhee (US, b.2000)

Karen Su (US, b.1998)

Ruslan Talas (Kazakhstan, b.1998)

Dmytro Udovychenko (Ukraine, b.1999)

Minami Yoshida (Japan, b.1998)

Dayoon You (Korea, b.2001)

Kevin Zhu (US, b.2000)

For the final round, each violinist will perform Variations Litaniques by French composer Thierry Escaich, which makes its world premiere on May 27, as well as a concerto of their own choice. They will be accompanied by the Belgian National Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Antony Hermus.

The first six-placing finalists will receive prizes ranging from the €25,000 Queen Mathilde grand prize to the €8,000 sixth prize, as well as €4,000 to the unranked laureates and two audience prizes of €2,500 each.

This year’s jury comprises Augustin Dumay, Miriam Fried, Lorenzo Gatto, Philippe Graffin, Koichiro Harada, Dong-Suk Kang, Victor Kissine, Kyung Sun Lee, Midori, Vadim Repin, Tatiana Samouil, Vineta Sareika, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Isabelle van Keulen, and is chaired by Gilles Ledure.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition was established in 1937 by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. It prides itself as being one of the world’s most demanding competitions, offering a platform for young musicians on the verge of an international career. 2024 marks the 20th violin edition of the competition.

The results of the 2024 Queen Elisabeth Competition will be announced following the final performance on Saturday 1 June.

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