Four French finals Queen Elisabeth competition

Another remarkable fact: of the twelve finalists are only two women.


The twelve finalists of the Queen Elisabeth international music competition for cello are well-known, after the semi-final on Saturday evening. The lucky ones are less than four Frenchmen: Victor Julien-Laferrière, Yan Levionnois, Aurélien Pascal and Bruno Philippes.

The women are slightly less represented, only the Korean JeongHyoun Lee and Seungmin Kang may by. The other finalists are the Colombian, Santiago Cañón-Valencia, the American Brannon Cho, the Chinese Sihao He, the belarusian Ivan Karizna, the Polish Maciej Kulakowski and the Japanese Yuya Okamoto.

The candidates will stay one week in the Queen Elisabeth college of Music, where they can prepare themselves for the final. Only upon their arrival in the chapel, they will get the scores to see of the track that they are in the finals must bring, and that specially written. In addition, each candidate also a concerto of your choice play.

“For the finalists, it is downright debilitating,” said Klarapresentator Kurt Van Eeghem there earlier on in Knack. “You must have a strong health, a strong will, a great technical skill and masses of musical intelligence to this crazy sequence of trials to survive. Honestly? It is almost inhuman.’

The final takes place from 29 may to 3 June, with two finalists per evening, accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic. On the last finaleavond makes the jury around midnight the ranking of the winners are known. The tickets for the final are sold out, but the first five finaledagen are viewed directly on Ketnet, the last finals on Canvas.

The Queen Elisabeth competition ends on Thursday 15 June with a final concert, on Ketnet.

Also, read the preview of Kurt Van Eeghem: ‘Honestly? The Competition is almost inhuman’

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