Queen Elisabeth Music Competition

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The Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, a founding member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (1957) has been, since its foundation, considered over the world to be one of the most prestigious and most difficult. It is devoted to violin (since 1937), piano (since 1938), to composition (since 1953) and to singing (since 1988). Held in Brussels, the Competition is named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium.

History[edit]

Eugène Ysaÿe, Belgian concert-violinist, had wanted to set up an international music competition for young virtuosi showcasing their all-round skill, but died before he could do so. Queen Elisabeth, patroness of the arts and good friend of Ysaÿe, set up the competition in his memory in 1937. The prestige of Ysaÿe and Belgium's Royal Court (King Albert and Queen Elisabeth were admired heroes of the First World War) assured that the first competition would draw great entrants.

The Soviet school was the resounding winner in 1937 as David Oistrakh took first prize. In 1938, the competition was dedicated to piano; Emil Gilels won, and again, the Soviet school was victorious.

The competition did not resume until 1951; World War II and several royal scandals prevented the competition from taking place. In 1951, the competition was renamed for its patroness, Queen Elisabeth, and has taken place under that name since then.

Entrants are expected to learn a compulsory work written especially for the competition. (The work is picked during the composition competition.) Usually there is also a section where contestants are expected to perform a work by a Belgian composer.

From 1963 to 1980, Marcel Poot of the Brussels Conservatory chaired the jury of the competition and wrote several commissioned works to mark the occasion, that were used as competition-required pieces.

Patronage[edit]

The Queen Elisabeth Competition generates income from its own activities, from private patronage and from sponsoring. Resources are varied: part of the funding for the prizes laureates receive is provided by public authorities and patrons, corporate sponsors, donors contributions, ticket and programme sales, advertising in the programmes and the sale of recordings. The Competition also benefits from the volunteer assistance of families who open their homes to candidates for the duration of the competition.

Disciplines by year[edit]

Past winners[edit]

Piano[edit]

Table showing: top 5 prize winners[1]
Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1938 Soviet Union Emil Gilels United Kingdom Mary Johnstone (Moura Lympany) Soviet Union Jakov Flier United Kingdom Lance Dossor Uruguay Nivea Marino-Bellini
1952 United States Leon Fleisher Switzerland Karl Engel Italy Maria Tipo Belgium Frans Brouw Australia Lawrence Davis
1956 Soviet Union Vladimir Ashkenazy United States John Browning Poland Andrzej Czajkowski France Cécile Ousset Soviet Union Lazar Berman
1960 United States Malcolm Frager Canada Ronald Turini United States Lee Luvisi Soviet Union Alice Mitchenko Hungary Gábor Gabos
1964 Soviet Union Evgeny Mogilevsky Soviet Union Nikolai Petrov Belgium Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden Canada Anton Kuerti United States Richard Syracuse
1968 Soviet Union Ekaterina Novitskaya Soviet Union Valère Kamychov United States Jeffrey Siegel Soviet Union Semion Kroutchine Belgium André De Groote
1972 Soviet Union Valery Afanassiev United States Jeffrey Swann United States Joseph Alfidi United States David Lively Soviet Union Svetlana Navasardyan
1975 Soviet Union Mikhaïl Faerman Soviet Union Stanislav Igolinsky Soviet Union Youri Egorov United States Larry Michael Graham Soviet Union Sergueï Iuchkevitch
1978 Lebanon Abdel Rahman El Bacha United States Gregory Allen France Brigitte Engerer United States Alan Weiss Canada Douglas Finch
1983 France Pierre-Alain Volondat Germany Wolfgang Manz Bulgaria Boyan Vodenitcharov United States Daniel Blumenthal Brazil Eliane Rodrigues
1987 Soviet Union Andrei Nikolsky Japan Akira Wakabayashi Germany Rolf Plagge Belgium Johan Schmidt Japan Ikuyo Nakamichi
1991 France Frank Braley United States Stephen Prutsman United States Brian Ganz South Korea Hae-sun Paik Soviet Union Alexander Melnikov
1995 Germany Markus Groh Finland Laura Mikkola Italy Giovanni Bellucci United States Yuliya Gorenman South Korea Jong Hwa Park
1999 Ukraine Vitaly Samoshko Russia Alexander Ghindin China Ning An Israel Shai Wosner Italy Roberto Cominati
2003 Germany Severin von Eckardstein China Wen-Yu Shen Unawarded after Dong-Hyek Lim refused it Italy Roberto Giordano Japan Kazumasa Matsumoto
2007 Russia Anna Vinnitskaya Bulgaria Plamena Mangova Switzerland Francesco Piemontesi Russia Ilya Rashkovsky South Korea Lim Hyo-Sun
2010 Russia Denis Kozhukhin Bulgaria Evgeni Bozhanov Netherlands Hannes Minnaar Russia Yury Favorin South Korea Kim Tae-Hyung
2013 Israel Boris Giltburg France Rémi Geniet Poland Mateusz Borowiak Russia Stanislav Khristenko Hong Kong Zhang Zuo


Violin[edit]

Table showing: top 5 prize winners[1]
Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1937 Soviet Union David Oistrakh Austria Ricardo Odnoposoff Soviet Union Elizabeth Gilels Soviet Union Boris Goldstein Soviet Union Marina Kozolupova
1951 Soviet Union Leonid Kogan Soviet Union Mikhail Vayman Elise Cserfalvi Netherlands Theo Olof Soviet Union Alexei Gorokhov
1955 United States Berl Senofsky Soviet Union Julian Sitkovetsky France Pierre Doukan France Francine Dorfeuille-Boussinot Soviet Union Victor Picaizen
1959 Bolivia Jaime Laredo Soviet Union Albert Markov United States Joseph Silverstein Soviet Union Vladimir Malinin Soviet Union Boris Kouniev
1963 Soviet Union Alexei Mikhlin Soviet Union Semyon Snitkovsky United States Arnold Steinhardt Soviet Union Zarius Shikhmurzayeva United States Charles Castleman
1967 Soviet Union Philippe Hirschhorn Bulgaria Stoïka Milanova Soviet Union Gidon Kremer Soviet Union Roman Nodel Japan Hidetaro Suzuki
1971 Israel Miriam Fried Soviet Union Andreï Korsakov Japan Hamao Fujiwara Argentina / Germany Ana Chumachenco Belgium Edith Volckaert
1976 Soviet Union Mikhaïl Bezverkhny Soviet Union Irina Medvedeva South Korea Dong-Suk Kang Soviet Union Grigori Zhislin Japan Shizuka Ishikawa
1980 Japan Yuzuko Horigome United States Peter Zazofsky Japan Takashi Shimizu Japan Ruriko Tsukahara Romania Mihaela Martin
1985 Taiwan Hu Nai-yuan South Korea Ik-Hwan Bae Guatemala Henry Raudales China Hu Kun South Korea Mi Kyung Lee
1989 Soviet Union Vadim Repin Japan Akiko Suwanai Soviet Union Evgeny Bushkov Israel Erez Ofer GermanyUlrike-Anima Mathé
1993 Japan Yayoi Toda Romania Liviu Prunaru Taiwan Keng-Yuen Tseng Canada Martin Beaver Russia Natalia Prischepenko
1997 Denmark Nikolaj Znaider Germany Albrecht Breuninger Hungary Kristóf Baráti United Kingdom Andrew Haveron Japan Natsumi Tamai
2001 Latvia Baiba Skride Singapore Kam Ning Hungary Barnabás Kelemen Russia Alina Pogostkin China Feng Ning
2005 Armenia Sergey Khachatryan Belgium Yossif Ivanov Germany Sophia Jaffé Japan Saeka Matsuyama United States Mikhail Ovrutsky
2009 Australia Ray Chen Belgium Lorenzo Gatto Moldova Ilian Garnet South Korea Suyoen Kim Russia Nikita Borisoglebsky
2012 Russia Andrey Baranov Japan Tatsuki Narita South Korea Hyun Su Shin United States Esther Yoo Taiwan Tseng Yu-Chien


Singing[edit]

Table showing: top 5 prize winners[1]
Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1988 Poland Aga Winska United States Jeanette Thompson Netherlands Huub Claessens United States Jacob Will Netherlands Yvonne Schiffelers
1992 France Thierry Félix Brazil Reginaldo Pinheiro United States Wendy Hoffman Republic of Ireland Regina Nathan Chile Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
1996 United States Stephen Salters Romania Ana Camelia Stefanescu United States Eleni Matos Bulgaria Mariana Zvetkova United States Ray Wade
2000 Canada Marie-Nicole Lemieux Romania Marius Brenciu Ukraine Olga Pasichnyk France Pierre-Yves Pruvot Syria Lubana Al Quntar
2004 Poland Iwona Sobotka Canada Hélène Guilmette Belgium Shadi Torbey Romania Teodora Gheorghiu Moldova Diana Axentii
2008 Hungary Szabolcs Brickner France Isabelle Druet Poland Bernadetta Grabias Armenia Anna Kasyan Belarus Yury Haradzetski
2011 South Korea Haeran Hong Belgium Thomas Blondelle Russia Elena Galitskaya France Anaïk Morel Russia Konstantin Shushakov


Composition[edit]

Table showing: Winner[1]
Year 1st Work
1953 Poland Michal Spisak Serenade
1957 Italy Orazio Fiume Concerto per orchestra
1960 Belgium Marcel Poot Sinfonia burlesca
1963 Belgium Léon Jongen Concerto in D major
1982 United Kingdom John Weeks Five Litanies for Orchestra
1989 Belgium André Laporte Fantasia Rondino Con Tema Reale
1991 France Tristan-Patrice Challulau Ne la città dolente
1993 Belgium Piet Swerts Zodiac
1995 United Kingdom John Weeks Requiescat
1997 South Africa Hendrik Hofmeyr Raptus
1999 Finland Uljas Voitto Pulkkis Tears of Ludovico
2001 Denmark / Germany Søren Nils Eichberg Qilaatersorneq
2003 Australia Ian Munro Piano Concerto Dreams
2005 Mexico Javier Torres Maldonado Obscuro Etiamtum Lumine
2006 Spain Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher La luna y la muerte
2008 South Korea Cho Eun-Hwa Agens
2009 South Korea Jeon Minje Target
2011 Japan Sakai Kenji Concerto pour violon et orchestre
2012 France Michel Petrossian In the wake of Ea pour piano et orchestre

Prizes[edit]

First prize: International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize - HM Queen Fabiola Prize
25,000 euro, numerous concerts, recording on CD, loan of the 'Huggins' Stradivarius violin from the Nippon Music Foundation for a period of three years

Second Prize: Belgian Federal Government Prize
20,000 euro, concerts, recording on CD

Third Prize: Count de Launoit Prize
17,000 euro, concerts

Fourth Prize: Prize awarded alternately by each of the communities of Belgium
12,500 euro, concerts

Fifth Prize: Brussels Capital Region Prize
10,000 euro, concerts

Sixth Prize: City of Brussels Prize
7,000 euro, concerts


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Queen Elisabeth Competition Winners http://www.cmireb.be/files/Palmares%201937-2008.pdf

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