Queen Elisabeth Competition contestants announced

Iida has been chosen to compete in this year’s edition of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Out of 412 applicants, 64 participants will take part in the first round : 44 women and 20 men, counting 28 sopranos, 15 mezzo-sopranos, 1 contralto, 7 tenors, 9 baritones and 4 basses.

The preselection took place behind closed doors at the end of January. An international jury consisting of Marc Clémeur, Helmut Deutsch, Sumi Jo, Sophie Karthäuser, José Van Dam and Reinoud Van Mechelen reunited for the first time under the presidency of Bernard Foccroulle.

One of the most demanding and also one of the most widely publicised international competitions, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, ever since its creation in 1937, has established itself as a springboard for young violinists, pianists, singers, and cellists on the threshold of an international career.

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