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Playing it for a queen

This year’s Queen Elisabeth Compeiion in Belgium was devoted to the violin, and showcased a set of distinct and accomplished performances by the twelve ffinalists, as Tim omfray reports

Brussels has many things to offer: a wonderful, maze-like city centre full of beer, chocolate and restaurants, and wonderful architecture. And, of course, culture. In terms of art, Magritte is everywhere, lying on the wallpaper and gracing innumerable souvenirs. In terms of music, one of the annual highlights is the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

This goes through a four-year cycle of piano, cello, voice and, this year, the violin. Out of 172 iddle players who sent in preliminary auditions on video, 71 were chosen. Some dropped out, so 63 appeared to take part in the competition, with TV and radio broadcasting every note.

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About The Strad

Double bassist Leon Bosch discusses his career, and we investigate the bass makers of Manchester. There’s an interview with early music pioneer Eduard Melkus and cellist Johannes Moser gives a Mendelssohn Masterclass. Plus Leonidas Kavakos’s teaching tips