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Bram Heemskerk

Queen Elisabeth Competition 2012 (75 anniversary) Violin starts April 30

April 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

The Queen Elisabeth Competition (the yearly Olympic games for violin, piano, singing and composition) starts on April 30 in Brussels, Belgium. It will not be held in the conservatory for 1st round and semi's, but somewhere else, in Flagey Studio4 in Brussels. This year is the 75th anniversary of the competition. After a DVD-selection of 162 applicants, 88 candidates have been selected to participate in the first public round. As some candidates have withdrawn (10), there are 78 participants : 28 nationalities - 39 women - 39 men - *double nationality

Here the order of performance, which just went up online: The order of play of 1st round in the first week.

In the second week you can follow the competition live, and you can see it back with Video On Demand (VOD). The website of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition has changed and has sometimes connection problems.
Here the the Wikipedia page for the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition
For the first round, the participants have to play three Paganini Caprices; Bach sonate; and one movement from the relatively unknown violin concerto by Robert Schumann.

From Laurie Niles
Posted on April 28, 2012 at 2:49 AM
Will you be there, Bram?

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on April 28, 2012 at 7:07 AM
For sure the 1st round and semi's and perhaps a final when a "rare" violin concerto will be played like Elgar or Paganini1 in the last violinedition in 2009. 1th round for a Dutch participant and the French Maria Milstein who also lives in the Netherlands and who plays in a trio with pianist Hannes Minnaar, who was 3th price winner in the last pianoElisabeth-edition. And the semi's for the repertoire and to hear how to play the first movement of Ysaye sonata 5, which I try to play on my weekly violinlessons. Because I like the piece so much my motivation to study it is great and I was a bit surprised that my violinteacher did not forbid me to play it because it was too difficult for an average amateur like me.
Here a better link of the
Elisabethcompetitionwebsite .
But today I will listen to 2 other concerts. The violin concerto of MacMillan by Vadim Repin, a former Elisabeth-winner, in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the violin concerto of Hartmann of an amateurorchestra in the evening in Delft.

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