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The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium has confirmed the development of a new multi-million pound building, which will be a literal backdrop to their original Art Deco building. Designed by architects Olivier Bastin, Sébastien Cruyt and landscape architect Jean Noël Capart, the new development will include:

–  State of the art concert hall with acoustics built to the level of an international hall

–  Artist’s global village

–  20 residential studios for students, each with its own grand piano sleeping platform

–  2 additional music studios

–  Re-development of the park

An international press conference is currently being held at the Chapel to discuss details of the building and what it means for the future of music in Belgium.

The Chapel has a unique approach to music education. As one of the first to have a residential programme for its students, having started 75 years ago, they also have an impressive array of artists in residence including Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Augustin Dumay and the Artemis Quartet, and even offer their students recording contracts and career integration into their studies.

The Chapel currently hosts 46 young artists from all over the world, from Belgium to Latin America via the United States, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia and many European countries. The brand new building will ensure that the chapel will continue to be a unique hub for musical life and creativity in Europe.


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International Piano, September/October 2013 Edition


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(Written on October 9, 2013 )

With an extensive programme of events happening at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the past month, the young musicians have spent a lot of their time in various rehearsals. Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious music institutions in Europe.

The most outstanding event was the Gala Concert on 17th January at the Bozar. Talented pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, sopranos Diana Gouglin and Anneke Luyten, mezzo-soprano Kinga Borowska, along with tenors Yu Shao and Giovanni Tristacci, and bassist Charles Dekeyser are all highly talented artists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. They were joined on stage by on the Music Chapel’s Master in Residence and celebrated cellist Gary Hoffman, as well as British conductor Christopher Warren-Green. The professional exposure which the young musicians receive prepares them for successful careers as international performers. Through their lessons with the Masters in Residence, such as pianists Maria João Pires, Abdel Rahman El Bacha and violinist Augustin Dumay, the young artists are exposed to first hand experience and guidance. In relation to the young musicians’ performance at the Gala Concert, Klassik Magazine writes that they ‘just excelled themselves and made the music compelling’. The National Orchestra of Belgium and the Octopus Symphonic Choir also joined the young musicians at the Gala Concert. Watch a short video from the rehearsals on the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Facebook.

Another fantastic event this season was the collaborative concert between the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and Members of the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. This partnership provides the young musicians with extensive professional experience, allowing them an insight and experience into a professional artistic career. In addition, the Royal Concertgebouw Academy offers the young musicians specialist guest masterclasses, most recently led by violinist Liviu Prunaru. Take a look at some of the photos taken during rehearsals for the concert.

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(Written on February 20, 2013 )

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel is pleased to announce a Gala Concert on 17th January 2013, at Brussels’ leading concert hall. The young musicians of the Chapel will perform alongside highly acclaimed cellist, and master in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Gary Hoffman, as well as British conductor Christopher Warren-Green, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Octopus Symphonic Choir. The Music Chapel boats an outstanding roster, including first prize winner of the Honens International Piano Competition in Canada, Pavel Kolesnikov; along with mezzo-soprano Kinga Borowska, sopranos Diana Gouglina and Anneke Luyten, who all study or have studied under the guidance of José van Dam; as well as tenors Yu Shao and Giovanni Trstacci and bass Charles Dekeyser. The young musicians at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, as part of their exceptional artistic training and musical guidance, perform in an extensive programme of concerts and recitals alongside professional performing musicians.

The Gala Concert will present music from Romantic and Post-Romantic composers; from Schubert’s Mass No.1 in F major to Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1, with works from Bloch. The versatility and technique of the young musicians’ talent will be presented at the Gala Concert, through works by some of the world’s greatest composers, in one of Belgium’s greatest concert venues.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the concert, visit the Bozar website here.

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(Written on December 5, 2012 )

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium presents the ‘Festival a la Française’ this autumn at Flagey, Brussels. Running from 13th-17th November, the Festival boasts an impressive programme by Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel at one of Brussel’s leading cultural venues, celebrating the music of French composers, such as Ravel, Satie, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Franck and Debussy, from the Fin de siecle. The collaboration follows the success of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and Flagey’s Brahms Festival in 2011, and the Chopin Festival in 2010.

With performances from world-renowned artists, such as Augustin Dumay, Gary Hoffman, Jean-Philippe Collard, and Gérard Causse on the 13th November, featuring the Brussels Philharmonic the following day, with the final concert on the 17th November presenting the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Choeur Symphonique Octopus , and others to perform Faure’s Requiem, the festival promises to be a delight to all. Masters of Music Chapel along with young soloists in residence will also perform. In addition, a performance featuring excerpts from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals will be performed on the final day of the festival, to entertain and enchant both classical music newcomers, and with children.

To find out more about the festival, visit the Facebook page here.

The official website of the festival can be found here.

(Written on November 9, 2012 )