The Brussels event is this year devoted to the violin


The jury for the Queen Elisabeth Competition – this year devoted to the violin – was announced on Friday, on the eve of the first public round.

Chaired by Arie Van Lysebeth, the 2015 jury comprises Pierre Amoyal (pictured), Patrice Fontanarosa, Daniel Hope, Nai-Yuan Hu, Dong-Suk Kang, Nam Yun Kim, Mihaela Martin, Midori, Natalia Prischepenko, Marco Rizzi, Akiko Suwanai and Gilbert Varga.

The competition website states:

‘While the composition of the jury may vary from one round to another, members of the jury attend the whole of the round that they have been appointed to judge. The members of the jury may not vote for their own students. No consultation takes place between them.’

This year’s competition runs from 4 to 30 May in Brussels, Belgium with 69 shortlisted candidates selected to compete in the live rounds – a number of them familiar to the competition circuit. The 2015 first laureate will receive a prize of €25,000 and the loan of the ‘Huggins’ Stradivarius violin by the Nippon Music Foundation for a period of four years.

The competition currently recognises musicians in violin, piano and singing disciplines; the 2017 edition will be dedicated to the cello for the first time.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition has helped to launch the careers of a number of outstanding violinists, including David Oistrakh in 1937, Jamie Laredo in 1959, Miriam Fried in 1971, Vadim Repin in 1989, Nikolaj Znaider in 1997 and Ray Chen in 2009. 2012’s winner was Russian violinist Andrey Baranov .

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