True or false: are three quarters of the violinists at the Queen Elisabeth Asian?

While the Queen Elisabeth Competition is in full swing, let’s take a look at the realities of this virtuoso instrument.


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Gaëlle Moury


Co-head of MAD, journalist at the Culture department

By Gaëlle Moury

Published on 05/6/2024 at 4:37 p.m.
Reading time: 2 min

Rather true

Lhen we look at the different tests of the last violin session of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, in 2019, the reality is striking: in the semi-final, there were no less than… 70% of candidates of Asian origin (in addition to 4 Japanese , 3 Koreans and 3 musicians with dual American and Korean nationality, the 6 Americans were all of Asian origin). The same observation was evident in the final: of the twelve candidates selected, two are Japanese, one Korean, five Americans and/or Canadian but of Asian origin. If we also take into account the Chinese origins of our compatriot Sylvia Huang, we arrive at 9 out of 12 candidates with Asian origins, or 75%… so three quarters. For the 2024 edition, 26 candidates appearing in the first round out of 63 are Asian.



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