Established in 1937 by Eugène Ysaÿe and Queen Elisabeth, the competitors is held in Brussels, Belgium, and alternates annually between candidates in violin, piano, cello, and voice. The competitors’s 2022 version targeted on rising cellists and awarded Korean cellist Hayoung Choi first prize. As the primary South Korean cellist to win the glory, she is going to obtain €25,000 and a number of efficiency opportunites in Belgium and overseas.
A graduate of the Kronberg Academy, the place she was taught by Frans Helmerson and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Choi has received first prize within the Krzysztof Penderecki Competitors, Worldwide Johannes Brahms Competitors, Antonio Janigro Competitors, and the Justus Dotzauer Competitors. As a soloist, she has performed with the Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Salzburg, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra the Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Second via sixth prizes had been additionally awarded:
- Second prize: Yibai Chen (China)
- Third prize: Marcel Johannes Kits (Estonia)
- Fourth prize: Oleksiy Shadrin (Ukraine)
- Fifth prize: Petar Pejčić (Serbia)
- Sixth prize: Bryan Cheng (Canada)
Further laureates embody Jeremias Fliedl, Stéphanie Huang, Woochan Jeong, Taeguk Mun, Samuel Niederhauser, and Sul Yoon.
The finals occurred on the Brussels Heart for Tremendous Arts and every cellist carried out a concerto of their selection and an unpublished work by Jörg Widmann with the Brussels Philharmonic and conductor Stéphane Denève.
Chaired by Gilles Ledure, the jury comprised 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 battle in Ukraine, the Queen Elisabeth Competitors in addition to the Van Cliburn Worldwide Piano Competitors, allowed Russian artists to compete.