Queen Elisabeth Music Competition
The Concours Reine Elisabeth ( Queen Elisabeth Competition ) in Brussels is one of the world's major music competitions in violin, piano and singing since 1988. Only one of these categories will be held per year, in addition takes place since 1991 every odd year a composition competition instead. Every fourth year the competition paused, before the introduction of the category of singing followed violin and piano two years break.
The competition goes back to an idea of the Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. After this died before conception, which he joined in friendship Queen Elisabeth of Belgium took over the alignment in memory and under the name " Concours Eugène Ysaÿe ". The first two competitions in 1937 and 1938 won David Oistrakh and Emil Gilels. Due to the Second World War, the contest was not until 1951 resumed from that point under the present name.