Queen Elisabeth Competition - Piano
The competition, named after the queen who had a (very) big heart for the arts, has since its creation in the 1930s become one of the most prestigious references for up-and-coming musical talent.
The Queen Elisabeth Competition is not only a touchstone for ambitious young musicians (who want to embark on a career as a soloist), it is also a fantastic forum that brings together the entire world of classical music. Former prizewinners take part in the jury and, traditionally, music directors of concert halls and festivals, impresarios, composers, conductors and many other musicians are present in Brussels for the duration of the competition.
Just like the audience, who flock to the special, often electrified atmosphere that hangs in the concert hall during the event. The winners have much in common with Olympic athletes: endurance, discipline and power.
Should it be said that, in the exceptional circumstances of the competition, the orchestra accompanying them is of paramount importance. The laureates have to be able to rely on their colleagues in the orchestra. Our musicians feel a great deal of empathy for the young people who, during the week of the final, perform on the world’s most important stage.
Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, S