One Belgian among candidates selected for the Queen Elisabeth competition


From 29 April, 71 violinists will compete against each other in the Queen Elizabeth competition. One of them is Sylvia Huang. She will be the sole representative of our country in this prestigious competition.

24-year-old Huang comes for the Hainaut region and, as a child, received lessons in the art of music from her father. She trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels and at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she was taught by violinists Alexei Moshkov and Liviu Prunaru. In 2012, she became the youngest-ever member of the Belgian National Orchestra.

In order to be selected, participants were required to submit a video in which they performed a violin sonata by J.S. Bach, one by Mozart, one by Beethoven or Schubert and a work of their own choice. 49 women and 22 men of 20 different nationalities were subsequently selected for the next round. Korea and Japan are the best represented with 16 and 15 musicians respectively. They are followed by the US, China, France and Russia. The first public rounds are set to take place from 29 April to 4 May in Flagey, Brussels.