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The violin competition and the 75th anniversary of the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition

It is 75 years since the Eugène Ysaÿe Competition first saw the light of day in Brussels and revealed the personality of its first laureate, David Oistrakh, to a large audience presided over by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, who was both the patron and the moving spirit of what became a major international event. Thanks to the devoted support of Her Majesty Queen Fabiola and to the efforts of generous donors, the Queen Elisabeth Competition still continues its work of fostering the artistic development of young musicians.

To celebrate this anniversary
we present you a number of splendid projects in the News section of this brandnew website. Above all, however, we hope - for this, after all, is our primary objective - it will see a number of young violinists from every corner of the world launched on illustrious international careers.

We also look forward to sharing this pleasure in music with you, our public, thanks in the first place to the generosity of a number of long-term partners, such as the sponsors and individuals whose encouragement and financial contributions help ensure the success of our artistic endeavours. We are proud and delighted to be able to invite a wider public, both in Belgium and abroad, to enjoy the event, thanks to the enthusiastic commitment of Belgium’s public broadcasting services and of Belgacom.

It is the musicians, of course, who are at the heart of the Queen Elisabeth Competition : a number of young musicians under thirty years of age, who will be made thoroughly at home throughout their stay by a group of hospitable host families and who will be listened to by a prestigious, benevolent, but very demanding jury. The muchappreciated participation of our partner orchestras and their respective conductors makes a major contribution to the musical pleasure of all concerned.

While waiting for the concert hall of the Royal Conservatory to be renovated, we look forward to welcoming you, to the sound of the violin, from 30 April next at Flagey !

Jean-Pierre de Launoit,
President
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