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 now rotates in a three-year cycle between the disciplines of violin, piano, and voice. Since 1991 the composition composition has been confined to choosing the compulsory concerto for the violin and piano competitions.

In 2012, the Queen Elisabeth competition is celebrating its 75th anniversary with an expanded website that includes extensive historical information on the competition's genesis and evolution.

NEC's Queen Elisabeth Competition laureates

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

Ning An1999
Ning An '99, '01 G.D., '03 A.D., '04 M.M., 3rd prize, piano (in photo)
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

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

2013-06-03


WHY DO I LIKE THESE THINGS? ARE MY EARS ON WRONG? CHARLES IVES