|Birth name||Arthur Grumiaux|
|Born||21 March 1921|
|Died||16 October 1986 (aged 65)|
Baron Arthur Grumiaux (French: [gʁy'mjo]; 21 March 1921 – 16 October 1986) was a Belgian violinist, considered by some to have been "one of the few truly great violin virtuosi of the twentieth century". He has been noted for having a "consistently beautiful tone and flawless intonation". English music critic and broadcaster, Edward Greenfield wrote of him that he was "a master virtuoso who consistently refused to make a show of his technical prowess".
Born to a working-class family in the Belgian town of Villers-Perwin, on 21 March 1921, Grumiaux was only three years old when his grandfather urged him to begin music studies. He entered the conservatoire in Charleroi at the age of six; the normal entry age was eleven. He studied violin and piano there until the age of eleven, when he graduated and moved to the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels to study violin.
He variously has been described as having made his debut in Brussels at the age of 14, or in 1935, although his debut is more commonly said to have occurred in 1940. This performance was made in Belgium with the Brussels Philharmonic playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
Due to the German invasion of his homeland, he next played publicly after liberation in 1945 with the Allied military entertainment organisation, making his London debut later that year. In 1949 he was appointed professor of violin at the Brussels Conservatoire where he had once studied. He debuted in the United States in Boston in 1951, and toured the United States in the following year.
He died of a sudden stroke in Brussels (Belgium) in 1986 at the age of 65.
Grumiaux had a long-standing relationship with Philips Records, lasting more than 20 years, and recordings are available from them of him performing works by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Michael Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Henryk Wieniawski, and Johan Svendsen.
A recording of Grumiaux's performance of one movement from Bach's Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, the "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3, is included on the Voyager Golden Record, attached to the Voyager spacecraft, as a sample of the culture of Earth. This recording was chosen by renowned scientist Carl Sagan.
He owned a Guarneri, the "Rose", made by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1744, and played (but did not own ) a Stradivarius, the "General Dupont”, made in 1727. He also owned the “Museum”, made by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1739, and the “Campoli”, made by Giovanni Guadagnini in 1773.
The International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists is held annually and takes place at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Belgium. It was first held in 2008 under the name of "Bravo", In 2015, the competition was renamed in honour of Arthur Grumiaux, and is now called Concours International Grumiaux pour Jeunes Violonistes (International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists).
The competition was created in 2008 by Igor Tkatchouk, a violin professor at the Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie in Namur, originally under the name of "Bravo!" competition. It took place each year at the Institut  and since 2017 in the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels. In 2015, the competition was supported by the foundation Baron Arthur Grumiaux  and was renamed International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists. The same year, Princess Léa of Belgium rewarded the winners at the Royal Theater of Namur. The competition is international and was represented in 2016 by 27 different nationalities
There are four categories of prizes, based on the age of the performer: category A : through 10 years old, category B ages 11–13, category C ages 14–17, and category D ages 18–21.
|Year||1st Prize Cat A||1st Prize Cat B||1st Prize Cat C||1st Prize Cat D||Special Prize|
|2019|| Himari Yoshimura (Grand prize)
Nguyen Le Nguyen
Naz Irem Turkmen
|Kyota Kakiuchi||Ayaka Uchio||Samuel Hirsch (Best interpretation of a Belgian piece)|
|2018|| EunSeo Cho
Pauline Van Der Rest
|Michael Germer||Emma Gibout||Michael Germer (Special jury prize )|
|2017|| Fiona Khuong-Huu
||Georgii Moroz||-||Meurice Victorine (Special Prize - Young Hope )|
|2016||Bade Daştan|| Aliaksandra Arbuzava
|| Emiri Kobayashi
||Yurina Arai|| Emiri Kobayashi (Best Interpretation of a Belgian piece)|
|2015|| NAKANO Lina (Grand prize)
|| KARLS Lorenz
||CARDAROPOLI Gennaro||RIMBU Remus|| Spruit Charlotte (Best Interpretation of a Belgian piece)|
|2014|| VAN DER REST Pauline (Grand prize)
|| SCHMÖLZER Eva Lucia
||TING Belle Chang-Yuan||DEBROEYER Quentin|| Belle Ting (Best Interpretation of a Belgian piece)|
|2013|| Cooreman Alexandra (Grand prize)
|| Walder Julian(Grand prize)
|| Ibrahimova Aytan
|| Šroubková Olga
|2012|| von Albertini Emilia (Grand prize)
||Csikos Anett||Girard Grégoire||-||-|
|2011||Lozakovitj Daniel||-|| Willem Floris
|2010||Guo Linda|| Egorovs Andrels
|2009|| Boschkor Laras
||Levy Maya||Grauman Marina||Managadze-Postnikova Nikolai||-|
|2008||Csikos Anett||Csikos Vilmos||Lee Jae-Eun||-||-|
- Mr. Igor Tkatchouk - Belgium - President of the jury
- Mrs Dora Schwarzberg - Austria
- Mrs Shirly Laub – Belgium
- Mrs Tetiana Zolozova - France
- Mr. Roman Fedchuk - Czech Rep
- Mr. George Tudorache - Belgium
- Mr. Muhammedjan Turdiev - Turkey
- Alexei Moshkov – Belgium(2012)
- Anna Sundin – Sweden(2013, 2014, 2015)
- Anne Léonardo – Belgium(2009)
- Dora Schwarzberg – Austria(2013 to 2019)
- Guido Jardon - Belgium(2008 à 2012)
- Jean-Frédéric Molard – Belgium(2010, 2011)
- Luba Aroutiounian – Belgium(2008)
- Michel Poskin – Belgium(2009)
- Muhammedjan Turdiev – Turkey(2014 to 2019)
- Nina Nazymova – France (2013)
- Philippe Descamps – Belgium(2011, 2012, 2013)
- Roman Fedchuk – Czech Republic (2009 to 2019)
- Saveliy Shalman – Russia(2009)
- Shirly Laub – Belgium(2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019)
- Tatiana Samouil – Belgium(2008, 2012, 2013)
- Tetiana Zolozova – France (2013 à 2019)
- Ulysse Waterlot – Belgium(2010)
- Valery Oistrakh – Belgium(2011)
- Igor Tkatchouk – Belgium(Chairman 2008 to 2019)
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