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Jury
The names of the jury members are announced after the video preselection round, together with the names of the selected candidates.

While the composition of the jury may vary from one round to another, members of the jury attend the whole of the round that they have been appointed to judge. Each member of the jury gives his or her marks for all the candidates to the ministerial official at the end of each round. The members of the jury may not vote for their own students. No consultation takes place between them.
The role of the Chairperson of the jury is to direct the operations of the competition. He or she is assisted in this task by a Secretary. Neither takes part in the voting. As from 2019, the jury of the next instrumental sessions (2019, 2020 & 2021) is chaired by Gilles Ledure, that of the next voice session (2022) by Bernard Foccroulle.
Personalities
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Chairperson of the Jury
Arie Van Lysebeth was the President of the Jury of the Queen Elisabeth Competition from 1996 to 2018. He took up the violin at the age of four. He completed his higher education at the Brussels Conservatory in music theory, bassoon, chamber music, and orchestral conducting. Following a competition, he was appointed bassoon soloist of the Belgian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, he came joint first in the Prague International Bassoon Contest. He also studied conducting under Bruno Maderna in Salzburg and under Pierre Boulez in Switzerland. Starting in 1970, he conducted the Flemish Chamber Orchestra, both in Belgium and abroad. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the major Belgian orchestras as well as with symphony orchestras in the United States of America, Argentina, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany. He has performed with many famous soloists, including Igor Oistrakh, José Van Dam, Murray Perahia, and Augustin Dumay. From 1995 to 2004 he was the regular conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Brussels Conservatory, where he taught chamber music for many years (1970-1994) and served as director (1994-2003). From 2004 to 2014, he was the artistic director of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
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Diane Andersen, who was taught by Stefan Askenase, also received valuable advice from the Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer. She has a brilliant career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, and gives concerts all over the world in legendary concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Rudolfinum, the Concertgebouw, the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts), and La Fenice; she has worked with eminent conductors such as Bruno Maderna, Pierre Boulez, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Georges Prêtre, and Otto Kamu. She has been awarded a number of distinctions and prizes: International Steinway Artist, the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros, the Trophée Fuga (UCB), the Harriet Cohen International Bach Medal, and the Classical Music Award (Midem). Her vast discography includes the complete works of a number of composers (e.g. Jongen and Pierné) and world premieres of works by neglected or unknown composers. She has premiered contemporary works, several of which have been dedicated to her, and her artistic life has been enormously enriched by close contact with illustrious musicians such as Kodály, Tansman, Nono, and Gertler (a partner and friend of Bartók). Diane Andersen is President of EPTA-Belgium Wallonie-Bruxelles and is an emeritus professor at the Royal Brussels Conservatory. She currently runs master classes in North and South America, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, and Europe. She is regularly invited to serve on the juries of international competitions.
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Born in Norway, Håkon Austbø made his debut as a soloist at the age of 14. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur and the École Normale de Musique in Paris and later at the Juilliard School in New York, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, and in London. After having lived in the Netherlands for more than 30 years, he returned to Norway, while continuing to pursue an eminent career as a soloist and chamber musician in a repertoire ranging from the pre-Classical to contemporary music. He has won a number of awards, particularly in France (Concours International pour la Musique Contemporaine Olivier Messiaen, in 1971) and Norway (including the music critics’ prize in 1989, Musician of the Year in 1992, and the Grieg Prize in 2003). His discography, which includes more than 40 recordings, has also won a number of prizes, including awards for his performances of Skryabin and Messiaen, two of his favourite composers. In Russia, he was chosen to be vice-president of the Skryabin Society. In 1994, he initiated and staged the ‘Luce’ project, which for the first time offered an authentic presentation of the colour element of Skryabin’s symphonic poem Prométhée; the project was premiered in The Hague and performed in a number of countries. Olivier Messiaen considered Håkon Austbø to be the ‘ideal performer’ of his music. Austbø is currently engaged in a research project aimed at presenting colour projections in performances of Messiaen works.
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Brilliant and atypical, Frank Braley did not follow the path usually laid down for artists of his calibre. He even strongly insists that he never wanted to become a pianist. He could be described as a dilettante, but one of genius and an obsessive one, too, who gives more than eighty concerts a year. After hesitating between science and music, the self-assured young Braley finally abandoned the university on reaching adulthood and joined the elect in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Despite his best efforts to end last in the class, the stubborn youngster emerged overqualified and soon found himself propelled onto the international scene following his First Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Invited by the great orchestras and laden down with flattering comparisons with the great pianists, Braley didn’t let the praise go to his head. An astute and quick-witted artist, with strong ideas about music, he has lost none of his spontaneous, laid-back relationship with the piano, which combines humour and poetry with modesty, gracefulness, and unshakeable sincerity. Frank Braley, after all, plays for pleasure, whether for the great thrill of a recital or the joy of playing chamber music with friends such as Augustin Dumay, Paul Meyer, Eric Le Sage, Emmanuel Pahud, and the Capuçon brothers.
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Interweaving roles as pianist and Sony Award-winning broadcaster with equal aplomb, Iain Burnside is also a master programmer with an instinct for the telling juxtaposition. He has performed in recital with many of the world’s leading singers. His discography of over 50 recordings straddles an exuberantly eclectic repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Schubert to Schoenberg, Copland and beyond, with a special place reserved for the highways and byways of English Song, as acclaimed performances of Britten, Finzi, Ireland, Butterworth, Parry and Vaughan Williams have proved. In 2014, Delphian released Burnside’s complete Rachmaninov songs with seven outstanding Russian artists. For Guildhall School of Music and Drama Burnside has written and devised a number of highly individual theatre pieces. His play A Soldier and a Maker was performed at the Barbican Centre and the Cheltenham Festival, and broadcast on Radio3 as part of the BBC’s World War One season. In demand as a teacher and animateur, Burnside also works at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the National Opera Studio. He is International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.
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Since his unprecedented success as joint winner of the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter Donohoe has developed a distinguished international career. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. He has performed with all the major London orchestras, as well as multiple European and American orchestras. He made his eighteenth appearance at the BBC Proms in 2012 and has appeared at many prestigious festivals. Recent and forthcoming engagements include appearances with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and CBSO (under Sir Simon Rattle), a UK tour with the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as concerts in South America, Europe, Hong Kong, Korea, Russia, and the USA. As well as performing, Donohoe has an impressive catalogue of recordings. Most recently he has recorded a second disc of Prokofiev piano sonatas for SOMM Records, a cd of Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues for Signum Records, and a disc of solo piano works by Skryabin. Peter Donohoe is an honorary doctor of music at seven UK universities, and was awarded a CBE for services to classical music in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.
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The Argentinean pianist Nelson Goerner (1969) has an impressive international career and can be seen as one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. He studied at the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires and, after receiving the first prize at the Franz Liszt Competition (1986), he continued his studies with Maria Tipo in Switzerland. In 1990 he won the Geneva Competition. He is a highly demanded musician at festivals such as La Roque d´Anthéron and Verbier and performs regularly in Paris, Munich, Stuttgart and Milan. He has been invited at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to perform in the ‘Meesterpianisten’ series. At the BBC Proms he has played twice with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestras he has worked with include the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. Furthermore, he plays chamber music with internationally recognized musicians and is active as a Lied accompanist. Nelson Goerner recorded a large variety of CD´s with repertoire of Chopin, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Busoni. His Chopin recording for the Chopin Institute in Warsaw has been distinguished with a "Diapason d’Or".
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Within more than a decade German born pianist Markus Groh has established himself as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation after having won the 1st prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1995. His worldwide concert activities include performances with the London Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Washington D.C., the San Francisco Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, under such distinguished conductors as Ivan Fischer, Neeme Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott or David Robertson. He performs solo recitals all over the world in some of the most important venues of cities like Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, Washington D.C. and Zurich. His first SACD solo recording featured the b minor Sonata, the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H and the Totentanz of Franz Liszt, and received outstanding reviews in major newspapers (The Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among others) as well as in major music magazines. A second all-Brahms SACD was showered with rave reviews as well. Markus Groh lives in Berlin and New York.
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In 1985 Daejin Kim won the Robert Casadesus International Competition (Cleveland); he made his debut in New York the following year. Since then, he has performed in recital and with orchestras in the major cities of the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2006 he was named Professor of the Year by the Music Association of Korea and he was recently decorated as Artist of the Year by the Korean Ministry of Culture. Daejin Kim has been a member of the jury of competitions such as the Ferruccio Busoni, Beethoven (Bonn), Rubinstein and Leeds. After working closely with the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra as both soloist and conductor, he became its Music Director in 2008. Under his baton, the orchestra made a European tour in Munich, Vienna, Prague and the Merano Festival in 2012. He is also Music Director of the Kumho Art Hall Chamber Music Society. His recordings on the Sony label include two Mozart piano concertos with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted from the keyboard (Sony), and a live recording of the complete cycle of Sibelius Symphonies. Daejin Kim is currently Professor of Piano at the Korea National University of Arts and directs the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts.
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Aleksandar Madžar was born in Belgrade in 1968. He first studied the piano under the guidance of Gordana Malinovic, and later of Arbo Valdma, at the Belgrade Academy of Music. He went on to further studies with Elisso Virsaladze in Moscow and Daniel Blumenthal in Brussels. He is a laureate of several competitions, winning Third Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1996 and First Prize at the Geneva Competition (1987) and the Ferruccio Busoni (1989) and Umberto Micheli (1997) competitions. He made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Iván Fischer in 1990. Since then, he has performed regularly all over Europe in recital and in chamber music. He also occasionally tours North and South America, South Africa, and the Far East. Aleksandar Madžar teaches at the (Flemish) Royal Brussels Conservatory.
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