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In May 2017, the Queen Elisabeth Competition is holding for the first time a competition for cellists.

In February an international jury has screened the videos of no fewer than 202 applicants, sent from all over the world! Chaired by Arie Van Lysebeth, the jury was composed of Henri Demarquette, Roel Dieltiens, Marie Hallynck, Frans Helmerson and Pieter Wispelwey.

70 candidates have been admitted to the first public round, which starts on 8 May at Flagey in Brussels. As some of them have withdrawn since the preselection round, there are 68 cellists who will participate. We count 21 women and 47 men, representing 22 different nationalities :
- Schedule of the first round (pdf)
- Alphabetical list of the cello 2017 candidates
- List of nationalities (pdf)

The first public round is a recital, solo or accompanied this time by piano and by a second cello in a Boccherini sonata. The semi-final includes a recital and a concerto by Boccherini or Haydn, accompanied by the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and Frank Braley.

Before the final, the twelve finalists will move to the seclusion of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where they will have a week to study, without outside assistance, a compulsory work specially composed for this competition. In the final, each will play that piece, as well as a major concerto of their choice from the not inconsiderable cello repertoire, in which they are accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of its music director Stéphane Denève.

In line with Queen Elisabeth Competition tradition, every round will be judged by an eminent jury whose members, of varied backgrounds, will mark the candidates in complete independence, without any consultation. The members of the jury will be announced just before the public rounds.

We are all looking forward eagerly to the new competition for the cello, an instrument that speaks directly to the heart. And we hope that you will join us at Flagey and Bozar to discover the young talented cellists that will gather in May in Brussels, or that you will follow them on TV, on the radio and online !
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