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Bram Heemskerk

83 candidates for Elisabeth competition Brussel

March 17, 2009 at 10:17 PM

The DVD’s of the candidates for the 2009 violin competition have been screened by an international jury, chaired by Arie Van Lysebeth and consisting of Philippe Koch, Yuzuko Horigome, Lewis Kaplan, Igor Oistrakh and Gérard Poulet. Of the 145 candidates whose DVD’s have been screened, 83 have been admitted to the first public round of the Competition.
A total of 83 candidates (42 women and 41 men), of 27 different nationalities, are accepted for the first round of this year's violin competition.

The order of appearance for the first round will be published on Thursday night 30 April.

1 candidate from the Netherlands Birthe Blom [The Netherlands ]. 4 years ago 6 candidates from the Netherlands with Liza Ferschtman in the semi's, but more people could compete because there was no videoselection.

My very first blog here was about why Dalibor Karvay [Slovakia] did not reach the finals 4 years ago. Perhaps this time? Also the winner of the Vieuxtemps-competition of 2006 (now we are talking) Hrachya Avanesyan [Albania]

Als this girl was competing 4 years ago : Yuki Manuela Janke [Germany] . Her brother reached the semi's.

I hope no cadidate will play Tjaikovsky in the final, because I know the piece too well. Last edition 6 of the 12 finalists play the 1th violinc. of Shostakovitsch.

It all begins on 4 may and ends 30 may.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on March 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Ooh, I'm SO excited to be following this competition this time. My interest on the violin began fours years ago in June, so I just missed the last competition. Looking forward to lots of reports, Bram!

From Rosalind Porter
Posted on March 18, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Thanks for alerting us to this event coming up Bram!   It is good to see that they will be internet streaming the performances from the semi-final onwards, always fascinating to watch a lot of  fine young violinists in one place...  hopefully will inspire me to do some more practice!

Glad to read that you are also a Dalibor Karvay fan too, knowing his playing personally, I'm definitely cheering for him again this time around.

I'd like to ask others on, especially those who've maybe prepared for and attended competitions themselves:  Do you reckon that the Queen Elisabeth is one of THE most demanding and challenging violin competitions in the world?

I was looking at the requirements for each round and - for me - the fact you have to prepare not only so many pieces but also (if you get through the prelims) study and learn 2 completely new contemporary pieces as well.   Makes me think that if you win the Queen Elisabeth, you've really proven yourself as a violinist.   Comments anyone?

Should be fun watching this!

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on March 19, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Thanks for posting this.  I watched online 4 years ago, and it was an impressive, exciting experience.  I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

From Wilhelm Klingenberg
Posted on March 19, 2009 at 4:56 PM

In the last QE violin competition, one name stuck out from the beginning,

namely the eventual winner Sergey Khachatryan. This time, it is

Yura Lee, well-known on this site  and another fully accomplished

world-class player who does not really need to prove anything anymore.

I for my part wish her luck and look forward to her exceptionally inspired

music-making !

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