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Elisabeth comp.2012 :age limit is raised to 30 years (they must be born after 15 January 1982).

April 24, 2011 at 5:04 PM

More chances for older and riper violinists. Some violinists thought they had their last chance in 2009, but perhaps now they get a new chance to compete:

Violin 2012 - rules (75 years Queen Elisabeth Competition)

In 2012, our 17th competition dedicated to violinists will bring some novelties :

The participant’s age limit is raised to 30 years (they must be born after 15 January 1982).
The candidates will have to propose two different recitals for the semi-final, of which the jury will choose one to be performed.
More information is available in the rules of this competition.

The semi-finalists will be accompanied by the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, under the baton of Michael Hofstetter.
Once more we welcome the National Orchestra of Belgium and Gilbert Varga for the final at the Centre for Fine Arts.

The 2012 Violin Competition will mark the 75th anniversary of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, established in 1937 under the name of the renowned Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on April 25, 2011 at 2:47 AM

Wow, I still have plenty of years unfront of me to inscribe, me that though I was too old for competitions!  (just joking of course...)  

Really, I find that fantastic for the older players (it is to note that a 30 yo soloist wasn't considered "old" in the old days) who deserve to be heard just as much as the younger ones!

Happy for them!

From Bart Meijer
Posted on April 25, 2011 at 7:02 AM

.. I still think it's discriminatory! .. pout ..

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on April 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Bart, maybe if you write them a letter, they will make an exception for you?  : )

To be totally fair though, they should accept the best whatever their age  (screen audition!)

From Heather Schuetz
Posted on April 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I personally don't understand why the vast majority (read: almost every single one) of the big competitions are limited to those below 30. 18 and under, sure. but as far as I know most musicians do not suddenly loose their ability to make fine music and compete with the best of them one they hit the magical age of 31. In fact competitions would be a great deal more interesting if they throw out the "30 and below" limit all together and let anyone in who could meet the prescreening requirements.

From David Christianson
Posted on April 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Too bad we can't establish a competition. If you're alive & breathing, you can audition behind the screen. I wager there would be a few surprises. :)

From Laurie Niles
Posted on April 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

 What was the age before?

A competition, hmm, interesting.

From Andrew Paa
Posted on April 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I'm guessing that the age limit is there to keep out the seasoned professionals and to let the younger ones have a shot at jump starting their career. 

From Heather Schuetz
Posted on April 26, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Then don't let any seasoned professionals in! :)

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Before (in 2009) it was till 27 years, I thought Laurie.

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 9:50 PM

 One competition cycle too late. If they had done it last time I still could have participated... But now I at least don't need to worry about it  ;-)

From Mattias Eklund
Posted on April 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Was it in 2001 they lovered it to 27?

Anyway, Carla - you would have kicked some serious butt :)

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