Four Canadians Advance to 2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition


12 March 2019 – Brussels (Belgium)

2019 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition announce 71 candidates and the Imposed works by Bram Van Camp & Kimmo Hakola. 


71 candidates have been selected to participate in the first round of the 19th Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition : 49 women and 22 men, representing 20 different nationalities. Canadians include Timothy Chooi, Daniel Kogan, Shannon Lee and Melody Yuan.

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–      The best represented are : Korea (16)Japan (15) and the United States of America (11).

–      Followed by China, France and Russia with each 6 candidates.

–      The other candidates originate from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Romania, the UK and Switzerland.



At the end of January, Pierre Amoyal, Patrice Fontanarosa, Lorenzo Gatto, Victor Kissine, Mihaela Martin and Natalia Prischepenko gathered in Brussels. They have screened the videos of the 172 violinists that have applied for this year’s session. The names of the other jury members will be announced at the end of March. We remind you that the jury of the 2019 Violin Competition is chaired by Gilles Ledure.

The imposed works

Two new works have been commissioned for the 2019 violin competition; a piece for violin and piano for the semi-final and a piece for violin and orchestra for the final.

For the first time, the Executive Committee of the Competition wanted to communicate the name of the composer of the imposed work in the final before the opening of the session so that the musicians, the public but also the press can discover the world of the composer on beforehand.

Semi-final :

Bram Van Camp : « Scherzo – Bagatelle »

World premiere in presence of the composer on the first day of the semi-final :

Monday May 6th (15:00 Studio 4, Flagey, Brussels)

Biography and photo

Final :

Kimmo Hakola  : new work to be announced on 18/05

World premiere in presence of the composer on the first day of the final :

Monday May 20th (20:00 Brussels Centre for Fine Arts) with the Belgian National Orchestra , dir. Hugh Wolff

Biography and photo   

Website of the agent of Kimmo Hakola



Calendar Violin 2019

First round : 29/04 > 04/05 at Flagey (sessions at 15:00 & 20:00)

Semi-final : 06 > 11/05 at Flagey (sessions at 15:00 & 20:00)

Final : 20  > 25/05 at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (20:00)

Laureates’ recitals : 29 & 30/05 at Flagey (20:15) with the unranked laureates

Laureates’ concert : 04/06 at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (20:00), with laureates 4, 5 & 6

Closing concert : 06/06 at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (20:00), with laureates 1, 2 & 3


Booking via : first round, semi-final & laureates’ recitals : final and laureates’ concerts



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