The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel goes to New York


The famous Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel from Waterloo has crossed the Atlantic to settle in New York, the city who never sleeps. It is thus a new chapter for this institution well-known for its excellence and training tradition for young and talented musicians.

This 15 March signed the opening of this new music chapel which was organized in the Morgan Library & Museum in New York with a fanfare and famous musicians. It marked the launch of “the American Friends of the Music Chapel” which gathers an American network of partners, supporters and collaborators of the Musical Chapel from Waterloo.

This partnership honours the will of the co-founders, the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and the “King of Violin” Eugène Ysaÿe, not only to transfer the technical aspects but also the passion for this craft from masters in the field of music.

The Music Chapel Executive President Bernard de Launoit is delighted to see this Belgian institution being exported to the United States: “[It is] truly the start of a new chapter for our institution”.

Each year, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, founded in 1939, gathers in residence 60 young soloists from all around the world. This way, they can practice their technique at all time. These young musical talents live with six masters who teach them the mastering of the disciplines of voice, violin, piano, cello, viola and chamber music.