Marin Alsop has returned to Belgium to conduct the finals of the Queen Elisabeth competition in Belgium. The finals of the competition, which this year focusses on violinists, take place between 25 – 30 May at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) with a week of rehearsals with both the orchestra (National Orchestra of Belgium) and the 12 soloists.
For the final round of the competition each candidate presents an unpublished work for violin and orchestra written especially for the competition, and a major concerto of their own choice. During this week of preparation, the finalists are allowed no communication with the outside world.
Talking about her role in the competition, Marin says:
“It’s great to see and work with the musicians of the NOB (National Orchestra of Belgium) again – feels like we picked up right where we left off, like old friends! I am really eager to meet the soloists and experience their talent and perspectives. While technical mastery is important, it is the personal and intimate narrative, the ability to touch our hearts with a compelling story that will set the truly great artist apart. Let’s see what happens….”
The competition, famous as a platform for launching some of the brightest international careers will be attended by HM Queen Mathilde and streamed live on ARTE Concert and Belgian television (Canvas) and radio (Klara).
The 2015 Finalists are:
- 18 year old VC ‘Young Artist’ Stephen Waarts from United States/Holland
- 22 year old VC ‘Young Artist’ William Hagen from the United States
- 24 year old VC ‘Young Artist’ Tobias Feldmann from Germany
- 20 year old William Ching‐Yi Wei from Taiwan
- 22 year old Ji Yoon Lee from South Korea
- 23 year old Thomas Reif from Germany
- 21 year old Fumika Mohri from Japan
- 21 year old Kenneth Renshaw from the United States
- 25 year old Bomsori Kim from South Korea
- 26 year old Oleksii Semenenko from the Ukraine
- 20 year old Ji Young Lim from South Korea
- 28 year old Xiao Wang from China