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The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel(Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth), was founded in 1939 for the artistic training of exceptionally gifted young musicians, by two strong personalities: Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (1876-1965), a violinist herself who was keen to foster young talent and Eugène Ysaiie (1858-1931), one of the
greatest violinists and composers of his time. Both wanted to support emerging artists through a highly specialized schooland an international competition. The
competition has been well known from the start and has now become the Queen Elisabeth competition. This year an international piano contest took place.
ln 2004 the objectives of the Chapel were thoroughly revised. These are firstly, high level training in six disciplines (voice, violin, piano, cello, viola and chamber music) with Masters in Residence. Six leading names in the field of classical music are working with the Music Chapel and its young artists during the 2015-2016 season: José vanDam (voice), Augustin Dumay (violin), Maria Joào Pires (piano), Gary Hoffman(cello), Miguel Da Silva (viola) and the Artemis Quartet (chamber music).
Secondly, the Chapel aims to introduce the young artists into the music profession using a network of partners in Belgium (venues such as Bozar, Flagey and La Monnaie as well as major orchestras and festivals) and around the world. More than 300 concerts will be produced, co-produced or performed by the Music Chapel during the 2015-2016 season. Every year the Music Chapel welcomes some 60 young musicians in residence, from Belgium and abroad and as such is one of the leading institutions of this type in the world.
The inauguration of the new infrastructure, the de Launoit wing in January 2015 opened a new page in the history of the Music Chapel which nowadays is under the Honorary Chairmanship of Her Majesty Queen Paola.
We will start our visit with a guided tour of the new and old buildings belonging to the Music Chapel, the latter being a fine example of architecture in transition between Art Deco and Modernism and still containing the original furniture designed and made in the renowned art workshop of De Coene and Brothers in Kortrijk.
Following our visit we will proceed to the Haas Teichen Studio, which gives out onto the “Forêt de Soignes”, to attend a public concert given by the young but already highly talented American pianist Reed Tetzloff.
Finally, we will have lunch in the Chapel restaurant where we will have time to exchange our impressions of the visit to this outstanding and prestigious venue.
from Brussels: take the Ring Ouest direction Mons Charleroi, take the exit 28 (Waterloo/Argenteuil) and follow the signs " Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth" from Mons or Charleroi: take the Ring Ouest, take exit 27 (Lasne) and follow the signs " Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth" ln both cases take the Chaussée de Tervuren to the Berlaymont School and then the Drève d'Argenteuil and eventually the Chemin that leads to the Music Chapel cPS address: Chemin de la Chapelle Musicale, Waterloo