Honorary President of the Queen Elisabeth CompetitionMusic is the most universal language of all. So it is very much at home in the heart of Europe, where languages and cultures meet and where opinions and people constantly interact. Music builds links across borders, but it is also about ceaseless creation and re-creation. Every performance is a reinvention, in which old melodies and harmonies ring out as if they have just been composed. The Competition sees tomorrow’s talent bring yesterday’s to life once more. My heartfelt best wishes go to all the young candidates. They give us the very best of themselves.