Queen Elisabeth CompetitionFounded in 1937 as the Ysaÿe Competition in honor of the legendary violinist—by then deceased—who suggested the idea of a globe-spanning competition for young virtuosos to Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, the Queen Elisabeth Competition now bears its original patron monarch's name. With an interruption during the Second World War, and some amendments since, the competition currently rotates in a four-year cycle between the disciplines of violin, piano, cello, and voice. Since 1991 the composition composition has been confined to choosing the compulsory concerto for the violin and piano competitions.

NEC's Queen Elisabeth Competition laureates

2016
Lukas Vondracek '12 A.D., 1st prize, piano
Henry Kramer '05 Prep, 2nd prize, piano
Alexander Beyer '17 Harvard A.B., '18 NEC M.M., 3rd prize, piano
Larry Weng '05 Prep, laureate, piano

2013
Sangyoung Kim '06, '08 M.M., '10 G.D., laureate, piano

2012
Ermir Abeshi '08 M.M., '09 G.D., laureate, violin
Dami Kim '10, '12 M.M., laureate, violin
Nancy Zhou '15 Harvard A.B., '16 NEC M.M., laureate, violin

2003
Minsoo Sohn '99 DP, '01 G.D., '04 A.D., laureate, piano

1999
Ning An '99, '01 G.D., '03 A.D., '04 M.M., 3rd prize, piano
Esther Budiardjo '94, '96 M.M., '02 D.M.A., laureate, piano

1997
Jennifer Frautschi '94 CE, '96 A.D., laureate, violin
Irina Muresanu '98 A.D., '09 D.M.A., laureate, violin

1995
Jong Hwa Park '96, '04 M.M., 5th prize, piano

1991
Haesun Paik '87, '89 M.M., '92 A.D., 4th prize, piano

1987
Hung-Kuan Chen '88 A.D., 11th prize, piano

1980
Peter Zazofsky, 2nd prize, violin

1971
Miriam Fried, 1st prize, violin

1963
Masuko Ushioda, laureate, violin

1952
Theodore Lettvin, 7th prize, piano

2016-07-14


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