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Finalists announced in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium

Laurie Niles

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Published: May 17, 2015 at 7:24 AM [UTC]

Congratulations to the 12 finalists in the Queen Elisabeth Competition! The finalists, announced at midnight Saturday in Belgium, are:

QE Finalists 2015

  • William Ching-Yi Wei (Chinese Tapei)
  • Tobias Feldmann (Germany)
  • Thomas Reif (Germany)
  • Mohri Fumika (Japan)
  • Kenneth Renshaw (U.S.A.)
  • Kim Bomsori (Korea)
  • Wang Xiao (China)
  • William Hagen (U.S.)
  • Lee Ji Yoon (Korea)
  • Oleksii Semenenko (Ukraine)
  • Lim Ji Young (Korea)
  • Stephen Waarts (The Netherlands / U.S.)

The finals will take place at thee Brussels Centre for Fine Arts from May 25 to 30. Finalists will perform with the National Orchestra of Belgium conducted by Marin Alsop. On May 30 the laureates will be ranked at the end of the evening.

Here is the schedule for the finals.

Videos of the semi-finals can be seen in the Queen Elisabeth Competition digital archives.

Watch the live stream here.

We will be bringing you live coverage of the Finals from Belgium, with Heather Kurzbauer.

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on May 17, 2015 at 5:17 PM
It is great that 64 years after Theo Olof I played 1st Bruch with him in 1984)+ Kees Kooper (you can still hear their final concerto's on the Elisabethcompetitionsite) in 1951 the Netherlands has again someone in the final : Stepen Waarts. I have heard him in the first round (and his Mozart in the semi's in Hannover) with
Rosanne Philippens
who I also congratulated with reaching the semi's. It is a pity that Rosanne, who has won the international violin competition of Freiburg and the national competition in the Netherlands and plays on the Barrere-Stradivarius from Janine Jansen, choose a boring Brahms sonata for the semi's recital (I also heard it live) and not a showpiece so we could not hear the passion and virtuosity she also has. Here you can hear back
Rosanne's recital + Mozart5
Stephen Waarts semi recital +Mozart4
Because we could not hear Rosanne's 1st Szymanowski violin concerto now in the final we can hear it on her last cd:

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on May 18, 2015 at 8:31 AM
On her facebook Rosanne Philippens wrote the rude comment she got from the jury:
Rosanne Philippens
9 uur · Bewerkt ·
"With Mozart, you nailed your coffin" Mr. Varga, member of the jury ("you crazy Dutch girl")
I take that as a compliment, ok? smile-emoticon
Mozart5 Rosanne
with 35 comments.
This is the way YOU HAVE TO PLAY Mozart for people WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND this composer (according to Varga):

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