Semi-Finalists Introduced for 2022 Queen Elisabeth Worldwide Cello Competitors

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Established in 1937 by Eugène Ysaÿe and Queen Elisabeth, the distinguished competitors is held in Belgium and alternates annually between candidates in violin, piano, cello, and voice.

The primary version of the cello part was launched in 2017, and the 2022 version will see proficient cellists compete from Could 9 via June 4.

The 2022 semi-finalists embody:

  • Riana Anthony
  • James Baik
  • Yibai Chen
  • Bryan Cheng
  • Hayoung Choi
  • Jeremias Fliedl
  • Anouchka  Hack
  • Constantin Heise
  • Stéphanie Huang
  • Woochan Jeong
  • Min Ji Kim
  • Marcel Johannes Kits
  • Keisuke Morita
  • Taeguk Mun
  • Samuel Niederhauser
  • Petar Pejcic
  • Erica Piccotti
  • Florian Pons
  • Ivan Sendetskiy
  • Oleksiy Shadrin
  • Anton Spronk
  • Simon Tetzlaff
  • Ella van Poucke
  • Sul Yoon

The semi-final spherical, to be held from Could 16 to 21, will characteristic every competitor performing a commissioned work in addition to a Haydn cello concerto with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and conductor Vahan Mardirossian.

The ultimate spherical will likely be hosted on the Centre for Nice Arts in Brussels on Could 30. Every finalist will carry out a commissioned work, a commissioned concerto for the competitors, and a serious cello concerto with conductor Stéphane Denève and the Brussels Philharmonic.

The 2022 jury contains Chairman of the jury Gilles Ledure, Gautier Capuçon, Myung-Wha Chung, Natalie Clein, Roel Dieltiens, Anne Gastinel, Marie Hallynck, Frans Helmerson, Anssi Karttunen, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Sharon Robinson, Jian Wang, and Sonia Wieder-Atherton.

Former prize winners embody VC Artists Aurélien Pascal, Ivan Karizna, Brannon Cho, and Santiago Cañón-Valencia.

Amidst the continuing struggle in Ukraine, the Van Cliburn Worldwide Piano Competitors and the Queen Elisabeth Competitors will permit Russian pianists to compete.