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“Queen Elisabeth of Belgium” International Music Competition

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Category: Violin
Date: April 29 to May 25, 2019
Country: Belgium

In memory of Eugène Ysaÿe, the celebrated Belgian violin virtuoso and composer, the competition was first set up in 1937 by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious and demanding music competitions in the world. Participants are expected to perform works by a Belgian composer and a compulsory piece written especially for the contest. It features four disciplines – the violin (since 1937), the piano (since 1938),voice (since 1988), and the cello (from 2017 onwards). Previous winners include Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Oistrakh and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, just to name a few.

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