Following pianists and singers, this year it is once again the turn of the violinists. From 4 to 30 May, violinists who have completed their training and are ready to embark on an international career will be vying for the laurels in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, whose current patron is Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

Queen Elizabeth Music CompetitionThe contestants will be performing at the Flagey Arts Centre, supported by first-rate piano accompanists. As every year, the final will take place at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels Fine Arts Centre), where the young violinists will be backed by the prestigious Belgian National Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop. The winner will receive €25,000 and the right to keep and play for a period of four years the renowned ‘Huggins’ violin made by Stradivarius, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

This year, 69 young violinists of 20 different nationalities, 17 of them from South Korea, have been selected to take part in the public rounds of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. They will be showing off their skills to an international jury chaired by Arie Van Lysebeth, whose other members are Pierre Amoyal, Patrice Fontanarosa, Daniel Hope, Nai-Yuan Hu, Dong-Suk Kang, Mihaela Martin, Midori and Natalia Prischepenko. The Queen Elisabeth Music Competition owes its reputation partly to the highly-regarded international musicians who every year make up the jury. Moreover, the strict rules and high demands made on the contestants’ artistic powers promise to make each performance a fascinating and enriching experience for the audience.

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