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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
Arie Van Lysebeth was the President of the Jury of the Queen Elisabeth Competition from 1996 to 2018. He took up the violin at the age of four. He completed his higher education at the Brussels Conservatory in music theory, bassoon, chamber music, and orchestral conducting. Following a competition, he was appointed bassoon soloist of the Belgian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, he came joint first in the Prague International Bassoon Contest. He also studied conducting under Bruno Maderna in Salzburg and under Pierre Boulez in Switzerland. Starting in 1970, he conducted the Flemish Chamber Orchestra, both in Belgium and abroad. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the major Belgian orchestras as well as with symphony orchestras in the United States of America, Argentina, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany. He has performed with many famous soloists, including Igor Oistrakh, José Van Dam, Murray Perahia, and Augustin Dumay. From 1995 to 2004 he was the regular conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Brussels Conservatory, where he taught chamber music for many years (1970-1994) and served as director (1994-2003). From 2004 to 2014, he was the artistic director of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
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Born in Lima, the Peruvian tenor Luigi Alva made his operatic debut in I Pagliacci (Arlecchino) in that city in 1951. In 1953 he left his native country for Italy, where he perfected his art with Emilio Ghirardini and then with Ettore Campogalliani. His appearance at the Voci Nuove competition won him a place among the Cadetti della Scala. In 1955 he inaugurated the Piccola Scala and in 1956 began his long association with La Scala in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with, among others, Maria Callas. Luigi Alva became a great specialist of this opera, singing it in six different recordings and in two films. He has appeared on the leading stages: at the Vienna Opera, Covent Garden, the Bolshoi, the Zarzuela and the Metropolitan, as well as in other opera houses throughout the world and at the festivals of Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, among others. Luigi Alva is founder and director of the Prolirica Association in Peru and has received that country's highest honorary distinction for cultural achievement. He was also awarded the Viotti d’oro in Italy and teaches now at the Academy for opera singers at the Scala of Milan.
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A native of Scotland, Noëlle Barker first considered on making a career in science, at Aberdeen University, before then deciding to devote herself to music. She pursued her singing studies in Amsterdam and Munich, with Hans Hotter, and then in London under Vera Rozsa, later enchanting audiences with performance in opera, oratorio and recital. Her integral recordings of Messiaen's songs have enjoyed remarkable success. Director of the singing section at the Guildhall School in London from 1976 to 1988, her expertise has been called upon from the United States, Mexico, China and Hong Kong, to Egypt and India. She has given private lessons in London and Paris, where she also lectured on the pedagogy of singing at both the Centre d'Art Polyphoniques end the Conservatoire National Supérieur. Her students have taken numerous national and international prizes, and have forged distinguished careers in both opera and contemporary music ensembles. In 1985, Noëlle Barker was accorded the Order of the British Empire for her exceptional contribution to music.
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After having followed studies devoted to literature, Jules Bastin (1933-1996) entered the Conservatory of Brussels in the class of Frédéric Anspach. In 1958 he obtained first prizes magna cum laude in singing and opera and in 1960 was engaged by the La Monnaie opera. He swept first prizes at the 's-Hertogenbosch Competition in 1962 and that of Munich in 1963. Jules Bastin has performed on the world's great stages (La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, Théâtre du Châtelet) under the most eminent conductors (Karajan, Kleiber, Barenboim, Böhm, Boulez, etc). He has interpreted the majority of the repertoire's famous bass roles, including Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Falstaff, the Father (Louise)...
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Après des études musicales brillantes au Conservatoire de Toulouse, la mezzo-soprano Jane Berbié débute à La Scala, en 1958, dans L'Enfant et les Sortilèges de Ravel, et au Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, dans le Flûte enchantée, collaboration qui se poursuivra pendant de nombreuses années. Elle a chanté sur toutes les scènes françaises, mais aussi à Genève, Cologne, Bologne, Lisbonne, Milan et plusieurs fois à Salzbourg, invitée par Karajan, à Glyndebourne, ou au Maggio Musicale de Florence. À l'Opéra Garnier, elle a participé aux grand opéras de Mozart à l'époque de Rolf Liebermann. À New York, elle chante aux côtés de Montserrat Caballé. Parallèlement à l'opéra, Jane Berbié est une merveilleuse concertiste et récitaliste et a participé à de très nombreux enregistrements, sous la baguette de chefs d'orchestre tels que Karajan, Krips, Solti, Maazel, Muti, Abbado, Prêtre, etc. Elle a reçu l'Oscar de l'Art Lyrique en 1975 pour sa contribution à la défense de l'art français dans son pays, comme à l'étranger. Jane Berbié a été Professeur au Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris.
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Viennese bass-baritone Walter Berry jointly followed studies in civil engineering and singing, the latter at the Vienna Academy under Hermann Gallos. In 1949 he was Laureate of the Mozart Competition in Vienna, as well as in the competitions of Verviers and Geneva. In 1950 he was appointed soloist at the Vienna Opera. Moreover, he has appeared at the re-opening of this opera house in 1953, as well as at the openings of the operas of Berlin, Munich and of Tokyo's Nissai Theatre. Alongside a performance career with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors, Walter Berry is also reknowned for his interpretation of Lieder. He has also taken part in the Wiener Festwoche, at the festivals of Salzburg, Munich, Lucerne, Montreux, Aix-en-Provence, Saratoga and Prague, as well as in productions for television. His recordings on disc are quite numerous. Numerous, too, are the distinctions that have been accorded him in his native land, such as the title of Kammersänger in 1963. Invited to serve on the faculties of many academies and universities, he has often been on the jury of international competitions and has held the post of professor of Lieder and oratorio at the Musikhochschule in Vienna.
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Chair of the voice department at the Juilliard School, Edith Bers also serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Bard College Conservatory Graduate Program in Voice, of which Dawn Upshaw is Director. She has had a performance career in both opera and concert, singing the U.S. premier of Schumann’s Der Sängers Fluch. Edith Bers has judged and given master classes for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Korean Broadcasting System, the Hong Kong/Juilliard Master Classes (Hong Kong), and Concert Artists Guild and has taught at various summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, and Bel Canto Institute (Florence). Her students perform with major opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, and the operahouses in New York, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Bordeaux and Frankfurt.
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De bekende zangpedagoge Mya Besselink is sinds 1962 verbonden als docent zang aan het Conservatorium Maastricht. Ze studeerde Solozang en Opera aan het Maastrichtsce conservatorium na een opleiding aan de Pedagogische Academie. In de jaren 60 volgde ze masterclasses in Rome, Parijs en Stuttgart. Mya Besselink debuteerde als lyrische sopraan aan het Stadttheater in Aachen en perfectioneerde haar zangkunst bij Janine Micheau in Parijs en Luigi Ricci in Rome. Ze ontwikkelde een carrière als opera- en concertzangeres. Na ruim tien jaar internationale ervaring ging ze zich toeleggen op de zangpedagogiek en bouwde op dit gebied grote internationale faam op. Ze was gastprofessor aan de Musikhochschule Karlsruhe en is verbonden aan de Internationale Academie für Musikalische Bildung (Karlsruhe). Mya Besselink gaf masterclasses over de hele wereld. Veel van haar studenten wonnen prijzen op belangrijke internationale concoursen en hebben een succesvolle carrière. Ze was vele malen jurylid bij wedstrijden en examens, waaronder het ARD in München, Meistersingerwettbewerb in Nürnberg, Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd, Luisa Todi in Setubal (Portugal). Jarenlang was ze bestuurslid van het IVC in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Mya Besselink is lid van verschillende Nederlandse adviesorganen op het gebied van Kunst en Cultuur.
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Stuart Burrows is considered one of the world's great lyric tenors. Born in Wales, his career has taken him to all the major Opera Houses of the world singing all the leading tenor roles. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York on twelve consecutive seasons - a record for any British singer. He also has the distinction of being invited by the Met on four occasions to join them on tour of the USA. He has appeared in concert and recital with Solti, Barenboim, Mehta, Ozawa, Bernstein and Ormandy at Carnegie Hall, the Brahms-Saal in Vienna, at the Tanglewood Festival, Boston Symphony Festival and Salzburg Summer Festivals. In 1981 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Wales, in 1989 a Fellowship from Trinity College, Carmarthen and in 1991 and 1993 Fellowships from the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and University College of Wales. In June 2007 he was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Stuart Burrows is president of a number of charitable organisations throughout south Wales, devoting much of his time to fund-raising. He has also established an international voice award in Carmarthen's Trinity College, where he studied as a young man. He has adjudicated at some of the leading International Vocal Competitions including the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Cardiff Singer of the World.
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De Belgische tenor Louis Devos trad sinds 1950 in alle belangrijke muziekcentra van Europa en Amerika op, onder leiding van dirigenten als Solti, Kubelik, Haitink, Celibidache e.a. Zijn repertoire was zeer gevarieerd en bestreek zowel de barok-, klassieke als hedendaagse muziek met werken van ondermeer Lutoslawsky, Stravinsky, Penderecki en Frank Martin. Naar aanleiding van de 100ste verjaardag van Schönberg in 1974 zong en speelde hij de hoofdrol van Aron in de verfilming van de opera Moses und Aron. Geregeld werd hij als jurylid op internationale wedstrijden uitgenodigd. Met zijn ensemble van oude instrumenten, Stichting Musica Polyphonica, heeft hij talrijke prijzen voor cd-opnames bij Erato behaald. Louis-Devos is ere-docent aan de conservatoria van Amsterdam, Brussel en Maastricht. Jarenlang heeft hij ook de Meisterkursus Barockgesang aan de Internationale Haendel Akademie van Karlsruhe gegeven.
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