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Jury
The names of the jury members are announced after the video preselection round, together with the names of the selected candidates.

While the composition of the jury may vary from one round to another, members of the jury attend the whole of the round that they have been appointed to judge. Each member of the jury gives his or her marks for all the candidates to the ministerial official at the end of each round. The members of the jury may not vote for their own students. No consultation takes place between them.
The role of the Chairperson of the jury is to direct the operations of the competition. He or she is assisted in this task by a Secretary. Neither takes part in the voting. As from 2019, the jury of the next instrumental sessions (2019, 2020 & 2021) is chaired by Gilles Ledure, that of the next voice session (2022) by Bernard Foccroulle.
Personalities
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Chairperson of the Jury
Count Eugène Traey (1915-2006) was born in Amsterdam of Belgian parents and studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, where his piano teacher was Emmanuel Durlet. He went on to study in Paris under Robert Casadesus and in Germany under Karl Leimer and Walter Gieseking. After this international training as a pianist, Eugène Traey pursued a career both as a concert performer and a teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, of which he was the director until 1980. He gave recitals, performed with orchestras and took part in chamber music recitals with Arthur Grumiaux and Jean Laurent, as well as performing piano duos with Frédéric Gevers. He was the founder of the deSingel concert hall in Antwerp and was a regular member of juries at international competitions (Moscow, Warsaw, Munich and Tokyo, among others). From 1982 until 1995 Eugène Traey presided over the jury of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.
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Marcel Debot (Liège, 1925) a étudié au Conservatoire Royal de Liège auprès de Henri Koch. Il se perfectionne avec R. Benedetti à Paris et avec Georges Enesco. Il remporte de nombreux prix, dont le prix Vieuxtemps (Verviers), le prix F. Prume et le concours de Genève. Il a été lauréat (1955) et membre du jury (1985) du Concours Reine Elisabeth. Il s'investit dans une carrière internationale de soliste et a longtemps enseigné au Conservatoire de Bruxelles. Marcel Debot a présidé le jury du Concours Vieuxtemps.
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Hailed on three continents as "conspicuously impressive" (Yomiuri News, Tokyo), "a superb artist" (New York Times) with a "burning sense of musical purpose" (London Times), Hamao Fujiwara's active recital career has recently taken him from Japan to India, Western Europe, and across the United States from New York to Alaska. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras worldwide, including the Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Vancouver, Louisville and American Symphony Orchestras. Since 1992, Hamao Fujiwara has been Solo Concertmaster of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchesra in Japan. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Hamao Fujiwara was a prizewinner in the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini International Violin Competition, and the National Music Competition of Japan. He has subsequently been invited to serve as a judge in both the Queen Elisabeth and the Japan National Music Competitions. Hamao Fujiwara is a prominent music educator who has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School (1979-1988), the Manhattan School of Music (1987-1989), and the University of Michigan School of Music (1988-1992). He currently teaches at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music and the Tokyo College of Music.
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Josef Gingold was born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia, and started playing the violin at the age of three. Before coming to the United States in 1920, the Gingold family was incarcerated in a German internment camp during World War I. Nevertheless, he always spoke with optimism and cheerfulness when discussing his difficult early years. He studied in New York with Vladimir Graffman and in Belgium (1927-29) with Eugene Ysaÿe, playing many concerts in Belgium, Holland, and France. Returning to the U.S. in the midst of the Great Depression, he supported his family by playing Broadway shows and performing other commercial work in New York. In 1934, he married violinist Gladys Anderson. In 1937, he became a charter member of the NBC Symphony under the direction of Arturo Toscanini. He remained there for seven years before becoming the concertmaster for the Detroit Symphony. In 1947, he joined the Cleveland Orchestra at the invitation of the great conductor George Szell. During his 13 years as concertmaster in Cleveland, the orchestra developed from a fine ensemble into one of the best orchestras in the world. In 1960 he came to Indiana University where he taught until his death in 1995. Although the recipient of many worldwide honors and awards, Josef Gingold never considered anything as important as the time he spent with students. The Josef Gingold Scholarship is awarded annually to talented violin students at Indiana University School of Music.
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Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis was presented with his first violin at the age of five. Bronislav Huberman heard him play three years later and encouraged him to pursue his musical studies in Europe. The young Gitlis studied with Jacques Thibaud, Georges Enesco and Carl Flesch, in Paris and as a war refugee in London, where he was to make his European debut at the Royal Albert Hall. His first American tour, underwritten by Sol Hurok, paired him with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra and George Szell and the New York Philharmonic. Ivry Gitlis has performed with the world’s finest orchestras: Vienna , Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, Israel, Leningrad, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, with leading conductors including Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Jascha Horenstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Eliahu Inbal and Charles Dutoit, to name but a few. His debut recording, Alban Berg’s concerto “To the Memory of an Angel” received the Grand Prix du Disque. Subsequent recordings, many of which until their recent re-releases had become sought-after collectors items, have included the concertos of Paginini, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Bruch, Sibelius, Wienawski and the Bartok Concerto and Solo Sonata for which he received the Best Record of the Year award from the New York Herald Tribune. Although perhaps less widely known as a chamber player, Ivry Gitlis has made music with a wide range of artists over the past few decades from Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose, members of the Amadeus and Budapest String Quartets, Isaac Stern and Leonard Rose to Stephen Isserlis, Truls Mork, members of the Hagen Quartet, Gary Hoffman, Mischa Maisky and Martha Argerich, with whom he recorded the Franck and Debussy Sonatas. Ivry Gitlis is also a renowned pedagogue giving master classes all over Europe and beyond, regularly spending summers at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and in France where he has created memorable festivals. A frequent contributor to the cinema as a composer as well as an actor, he has worked with the likes of Truffaut and Schlondorff. In 1981 his autobiographical book , L’Ame et la Corde was published to unanimous critical acclaim. In 2001 he was one of the artists featured in Bruno Monsaingeon’s film, “The Art of the Violin”. Tony Palmer’s 2004 film on Ivry Gitlis was premiered at the Prague Spring Music Festival where it was heralded by the Oscar-winning director Andrea Anderman as "the best artist's profile I have ever seen". And, most recently, he was honored in 2004 as part of the Festival devoted to great violinists of the 20th century, at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Based in Paris, Ivry Gitlis performs extensively throughout the world. His triumphant return to the London stage in 1996 after a long absence marked the 50th anniversary of his Wigmore Hall debut and an unforgettable experience for many. From “Gitlis electrifies the Wigmore” (The Strad) to “A performance rich in weird and wonderful gestures…staggeringly effective” (The Independent) and “From Gitlis they heard only music no praise can be higher” (The Daily Telegraph), critics and audience alike seemed to agree on the immense impact of a unique personality.
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Herman Krebbers made his first public appearance as a nine-year-old prodigy. Since 1945 he has toured the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Argentina, Russia, Portugal and England. He received a Golden Record for his interpretations of the Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart violin concertos together with the Concertgebouw orchestra, as well as an Edison for Haydn’s two concertos. He has recorded concertos by Paganini, Dvorák, Viotti No. 22, Bruch, Vieuxtemps No. 4, Bach A moll, Brahms’ double-concerto with Tibor de Machula on cello, Vivaldi and Bach double-concertos with Theo Olof on violin, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Saint Saens’ Havanaise and Rondo Capriccioso and Ravel’s Tzigane. Herman Krebbers was a professor at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf and has taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam for over 30 years. He has served as a jury member at competitions around the world. To give master classes, he has been invited to Japan, Canada, France, Spain, South Africa, England, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Holland. On account of his many contributions to musical life in the Netherlands, he was appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau.
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Born in Riga, Latvia, Gidon Kremer began studying the violin at the age of four with his father and grandfather, who were both distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he entered Riga Music School. At sixteen he was awarded the first Prize of the Latvian Republic and two years later he began his studies with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. He went on to win prestigious awards including the 1967 Queen Elisabeth Competition and the first prize in both the Paganini and Tchaikovsky International Competitions. This success launched Gidon Kremer's distinguished career, in the course of which he has established a world-wide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. He has appeared on virtually every major concert stage with the most celebrated orchestras of Europe and America. Also he has collaborated with today's foremost conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Claudio Abbado and Sir Neville Marriner among others. Gidon Kremer's repertoire is unusually extensive, encompassing all of the standard classical and romantic violin works, as well as music by twentieth century masters such as Henze, Berg and Stockhausen. He also championed the works of living Russian and Eastern European composers and has performed many important new compositions, several of them dedicated to him. He has become associated with such diverse composers as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Luigi Nono, Aribert Reimann, Peteris Vasks, John Adams and Astor Piazzolla, bringing their music to audiences in a way that respects tradition yet remains contemporary. An exceptionally prolific recording artist, Gidon Kremer has made more than 100 albums, many of which brought him prestigious international awards and prizes in recognition of his exceptional interpretative powers. These include the "Grand Prix du Disque", "Deutscher Schallplattenpreis", the "Ernst-von-Siemens Musikpreis", the "Bundesverdienstkreuz", the "Premio dell'Accademia Musicale Chigiana", the "Triumph Prize 2000" (Moscow) and in 2001 the "Unesco Prize". In February 2002 he and the Kremerata Baltica were awarded with the Grammy for the Nonesuch recording "After Mozart" in the category "Best small Ensemble Performance". The same recording received Germany's ECHO prize in 2002. In 1981 Mr. Kremer founded Lockenhaus, an intimate chamber music festival that continues to take place every summer in Austria. In 1997, he founded the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra to foster outstanding young musicians from the three Baltic States. Since then, Mr. Kremer has been touring extensively with the orchestra, appearing at the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls. He has also recorded a number of CDs with the orchestra for Teldec, Nonesuch and Deutsche Grammophon. From 2002-2006, Gidon Kremer was the artistic leader of a new festival in Basel, Switzerland, "les muséiques". Gidon Kremer is in addition a gifted writer. He is the author of four books in German that reflect his artistic philosophy: Oase Lockenhaus: 15 Jahre Kammermusikfest Kremerata Musica 1981-1996, (Residenz Verlag GmbH, 1996), Kindheitssplitter (Piper Verlag GmbH, 1997), Obertöne (Residenz Verlag, 1997) and Zwischen Welten: Mit 25 Abbildungen (Piper Verlag GmbH, 2004). Kindheitssplitter has been translated in Russian, Latvian, French and Japanese. Gidon Kremer plays a "Nicola Amati", dated from 1641. He is also the author of three books, published in German, which reflect his artistic pursuits.
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One of the leading musicians of his age, Alberto Lysy (1935-2009) has played with world-renowned orchestras, from the New York Philharmonic and the US National Symphony Orchestra to the Royal London Philharmonic, the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Rome and the Amsterdam Philharmonic, under the baton of such famous conductors as Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Mstislav Rostropovitch. He has also given chamber music concerts with the greatest musicians of his time, including Benjamin Britten, Pablo Casals, Nadia Boulanger and Yehudi Menuhin, who was his teacher. Alberto Lysy was the artistic director of the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad and Blonay, where he taught the violin. Often invited as a guest instructor, he gave classes in interpretation at leading music schools. Founder of the Camerata Lysy Gstaad, he has toured with this ensemble in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, the Far East and South Africa.
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Yehudi Menuhin was born in New York of Russian-Jewish parents, but later became a British subject. He made his violin debut at the age of seven with the San Francisco Symphony in Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, following this with a recital in New York a year later. By the time he was eleven he had made his historic debuts in Paris and Carnegie Hall, at twelve in Berlin and at thirteen in London, thus launching himself at an early age on a career that was to take him all over the world for the ensuing decades, playing with all the leading conductors and orchestras. In addition to his renown as a great musician he is equally recognized for his committed humanism, exemplified by his interest in and work for the young, for international understanding, and all the many causes he finds close to his synoptic mind and generous spirit. lt was on his first visit to lndia in 1952 at the invitation of Prime Minister Pandit Nehru, that he met Ravi Shankar, developing a deep admiration for both Shankar and Indian music. Subsequently, they gave many concerts together and made numerous recordings which sold into the millions; the proceeds of all the coneerts given on his tours of India were donated to charity. In 1960 he was awarded the Nehru Peace Prize for International Understanding. Some thirty years later, in 1992, he was honoured with the title of Ambassador of Goodwill to UNESCO. In recognition of the many concerts he gave for the Allied Forces during the second World War, flying over from America whenever he could find space in a military plane, Yehudi Menuhin was awarded numerous honours, amongst which were the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Lorraine from France, the Order of Merit from Germany, the Ordre Leopold and the Ordre de la Couronne from Belgium, from England the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal and in 1995 from Spain the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed a knighthood on him in 1965 and gave him the Order of Merit in 1987, followed by a life peerage in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 1993. He is an Honorary Doctor of over 30 universities in different countries, including those of Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrew's and the Sorbonne as weil as being a Freeman of the cities of Edinburgh, Bath, Reims and Warsaw and holding the Gold Medals of the cities of Paris, New York and Jerusalem. He was also the first Westerner to be made an Honorary Professor of the Beijing Conservatoire in recognition of his concerts in China and of his endeavours in helping many young Chinese violinists to continue their studies in the West. In 1963 he achieved one of his greatest ambitions, creating a boarding school for promising young musicians, starting from the age of seven and based on the Central School of Moscow, where the students receive both their scholastic and musical education under one roof. Numerous students of the Yehudi Menuhin School, which is officially associated with its Moscow equivalent, have gone on to earn university scholarships. In 1977 he founded the International Menuhin Music Academy for young graduate string players in Gstaad, Switzerland, the site of the Menuhin Music Festival, of which he was artistic director for 40 years and for which he was awarded Swiss citizenship. Yehudi Menuhin made his first record at the age of twelve and a year later began his long association with HMV/EMI, with whom he continued to record for many years. He has also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon (the complete Beethoven sonatas with Wilhelm Kempff) and conducted numerous orchestral works for Philips, Virgin, Nimbus and other labels. A great number of his early recordings have been reissued on CD on the occasion of his 75th and 80th birthdays by Biddulph Recordings, and IMG Records issued a boxed set of the complete Beethoven symphonies, performed by the Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Lord Menuhin.
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